Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Double blessings to report on knee bends and vision tests

I know that I just blogged a few days ago, but I had to share some good news with you all. Yesterday at physical therapy, Luke's PT Sara, was working with his legs and had him sitting up and he did great. He actually had a 40 degree bend in his knees, the best she had ever measured before was only 20 degrees, so we had a double blessing in the bending. He was also sitting up and holding his head up so wonderful, I could see that she was impressed, I've been telling her for awhile that he is sitting up so much better these days, in the bath tub he can actually sit up for a few minutes each day without help.

Today I took Luke to his Optometrist, he specializes in child with brain injuries. I left there shouting Hallelujah. Luke did an awesome job on his eye tests, the Dr. was very impressed with his progress. Last February when I took him in he was not even looking at the wheel to test his tracking abilities and today not only did he look at it he was able to measure his progress at a 60 - 70 percent success rate. His vision has also improved 50 percent. Once again a double blessing in his progress. The Dr. also talked a bit about his startle reflex, he is going to look into some information from another Dr. and get back to me on some exercises he thinks would be beneficial for Luke. He told me he would like to see him again in about 3 weeks.

Even though we've hit some new major milestones, my heart is feeling very confused tonight. One on side I'm rejoicing with his accomplishments and on the other side, I'm concerned because he is not feeling well once again tonight. He is running a high fever and he is on lots of oxygen right now. It just kind of hit him all of the sudden tonight. My heart is also sad with some news that we found out tonight, that little guy Joel that I asked you to pray for went home to Heaven today. I realize that he is in a much better place, but my heart is so heavy for his parents and siblings that are left behind to mourn his death. Please be praying for his family as they go through this tough time.

Once again I am humbled by the fact that so many people are still faithfully praying for Luke's complete recovery. I was looking at Teena's blog tonight and she had Luke's picture up with a little story about taking his picture to church this last Sunday to have others in her Sunday School pray for him. I also ran into a friend that I haven't seen for a couple years the other night and she told me that she reads Luke's blog often, it's amazing to me that people are so interested in our family, at times it makes me feel uncomfortable, but at other times it brings such great joy into my heart just knowing that so many of you are still praying for Luke and our family. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR YOUR PRAYERS, THEY ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN LUKE'S LIFE!

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Anonymous said...

Psalm 139:13-18
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance,
being yet unformed.
And in Your book
they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet
there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You. (NKJV)

Isaiah 43:7
Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him." (NKJV)

Isaiah 44:24
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
And He who formed you
from the womb:
"I am the LORD,
who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens
all alone,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; (NKJV)

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O LORD,
You are our Father;
We are the clay,
and You our potter;
And all we are the work
of Your hand. (NKJV)

LORD Jesus the works
of Your hands are glorious.
You LORD who created us
and loves us.
Will You please reach your hand down now and touch Luke in his bed.
Let the fever be gone and strength fill his body.

LORD thank you for all you are doing in Luke’s life and for that we give You glory.

LORD we give to you all those that are hurting right now and ask that You would comfort them.

Be with Joel’s family as they grieve for missing him,
let them grieve well and rejoice because he is with You.

Touch Melissa and let her feel Your presence. Be with her family during this hard time.

LORD we love you even though we don't understand the things happening around us.

LORD, I ask that you would bless the Searles house with Your presence that a peace would come over their house and they could rest well.

LORD Jesus we love You and trust You.

Love, Auntie Cindy

Bindress said...

Reading your blog brings me back down to earth. Sometimes we, or I, forget what blessings we have. The love in a child's eyes is worth every minute of it.

Teena said...

Coming here and seeing both update! PTL for the knee bends and the eye improvements! PTL~

Praying now... wondering how Luke is doing with the fever.

I too, am saddened by Joel. I am lifting them up to the Lord. Last night I just laid there watching Wesley sleep.... and thinking of Joel...

I was surprise to see you mention *me* blush~ my eyes filled. YOU guys have forever touched my heart. LUKE is a well known name in our family! I still dream of Mandi being able to come meet all of you.... maybe for her senior trip. We did check on airfares... they are expensive (blush) She really wants to meet ALL of you... LUKE and excited to meet Natalie/Amy. :)

Sue, you are very special to me and I consider us great friends. I now have the pic of Luke in my bible and carry it with me.

Your faith is awesome to me... even when you are weary... how God carries you.

I love you~

Your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Anonymous said...

Sue, We are out of town but I wanted to stop in and say hello and let you know how excited I was to read the good report! Thanks for sharing with us. I love you guys and will keep you in our loving prayers. Blessings and Love, Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

Sue and Gorty
I was overjoyed to read your last blog. What an encouragement for me to see GODS hand upon Luke. Thank you for blessing others with the things GOD is doing. The prayers for Luke and your family will continue from my heart.
love and prayers

Carmichael Family said...

Praising God with you for Luke's wonderful improvements, what an answer to prayer! We are also praying for Luke to feel better really soon, for God to heal him of his fever and need for more oxygen. We have started having regular family devotions every night and are involving our children in praying for Luke as well!
God bless!
Catherine and family

lockwoods said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to update us! I'm rejoicing with you over the good news you received today. And we do hold Luke up in our prayers faithfully each day. Hang in there.
Love ya-
The AK Lockwoods... said...

I am so sorry to hear that Luke had a fever and has not been feeling well. I am also very sorry to hear about the sad loss of his friend Joel.
I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am praying that Luke will feel better very soon. The news about the mobility in his legs is very good news!