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Change of plans…

About an hour ago the neurology team came in to inform us that Luke will not be having surgery today.  Instead, they have decided that putting on a halo would be best.  It is about an hour long procedure (done at his bedside) that will stabilize his neck and head and they are looking for it to heal the ligament damage.  They cannot guarantee anything, but they feel confident that this would be the best option for Luke, and give him as full of a recovery as possible.  With the fusion (cervical spine surgery), Luke would have little to no ability to rotate his head.  He will wear the halo for 6 weeks to 3 months (approximately), and during that time they will continue to do exams and scans to monitor his progress and see if it is working.  If the halo does not work, then Luke will need the fusion done. 

It seems that everyday is something different and we don’t know what we are going to hear each morning when we enter the PICU.  Pray for God’s sustaining grace and comfort, and especially that He will guide the doctors’ hands as they perform this procedure around 9:30 this morning.  Pray too that the ICP will remain under control so that the procedure can be done, if it gets too high then they have to stop.  Also, because of his skull fractures they need to be very cautious so keep that in prayer as well.



July 13, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. Everyone is praying for wisdom for the drs … and if GOD is in control… and we trust HE IS leading … then this has to be the right course of action … continually praying for luke and for all of you !

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wow…big changes but not to God…we’ll keep praying!

    Comment by Elizabeth (Byler) Younts | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Continuing to pray for Luke and your family. GOD is in control of every situation and is with you. I also pray for the Lord to give the drs clear wisdom in the decisions they are making regarding Luke.

    Comment by Kim Carnahan | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  4. We’ll keep praying and God has a plan!!Also praying peace and strength to Ben and Lindsey–Wisdom for the Drs.!

    Comment by Kris Whetzel | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. Lindsey,

    Nathan and I just read your update and immediately got on our knees and ask God to be with you and Ben and to lift Luke up and hold him during his day today and through out his recovery. I have had the same procedure, I wore my halo for almost 8 weeks and it looks a whole lots worse than it is to wear around. I will be praying for Luke all day, I had Dr. Whitehill when I was at UVA, he is an amazing man with an amazing staff. So I know you all are in good hands over there and how things change so fast it is confusing but God will bring you all through it! We will continue to pray for you all!
    God Bless!!
    The Battons

    Comment by Jeanette Batton | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. We are continuing to pray and believe that this must be God working already through the doctors to give them wisdom in the best treatment for Luke. We are praying here at 10am! Love you guys!

    Comment by Richard and Heidi King | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  7. Dearest Almighty, Personal God…

    We pray that the Yoder family will know Holy-Spirit serenity in the depths of their souls today… We pray that precious Luke would know Your courage at the depths of his heart… and that the doctors and medical teams would realize wisdom in their minds that can only be attributed to the mind of Christ, our Great Physician, for by His wounds we are healed.

    In Jesus’ name. Amen
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Praying

      Mike, Pam and Erica Estes

      Comment by Pam Estes | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  8. So thankful for the wisdom that God has granted these wonderful doctors. Praying at this moment that God will lead them and guide their hands through this procedure.

    Comment by Vic Bright | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  9. HELLO,

    This morning as I was praying, and opened up the bible it fell open to Psalm 121. I was thrilled to read the beautiful words and it was so comforting and held so much promise. Read it and you will also gain comfort.

    “I will lift up mine eyes before the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; Indeed He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; and the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and your going. both now and forevermore.

    Praying Constantly,

    Joe and Esther Byler

    Comment by Esther Byler | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  10. Members of the Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue extend our thoughts and prayers to your entire family during this difficult time. Not a day goes by since the accident that someone from the department doesn’t asks for an update on young Luke. Thank you for allowing us to monitor his progress through this website. While none of us knew Luke prior to this unfortunate accident, we all feel the highs and lows of his journey. I am certain this emotional roller coaster seems like it will never end, but we pray for your strength through these challenging times. You appear to have an incredible support group that will help you through the many challenges that lie ahead. In our line of work we see many people who deal with life and death everyday…some of them curse or blame God for their misfortune. Your family is amazing and should be an example to many. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your “extended family” during this challenging time.

    Lt. Steve Powell
    Rockingham County Fire & Rescue

    Comment by Steve Powell | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  11. Praying now for all the details surrounding the halo procedure….let’s keep the hour by hour prayer going everyone….except would someone tell me how to cut and paste on to the time slot schedule?

    I’m believing for a miraculous recovery time with the halo wear.


    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 13, 2009 | Reply

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