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“Groundhog Day”

Sitting here this afternoon, I thought I would try to bring some perspective into what a day at the hospital is like. In some ways, for Ben and Lindsey it can at times seem like the movie “Groundhog Day”. The  usual “routine” is that Ben and Lindsey (and family) hang out with Luke from early morning until late evening and then one of our family stays with Luke during the overnight hours, while Ben and Lindsey sleep at a motel within walking distance of the hospital. Each morning they get back early (6:00ish) enough to make sure to try and catch all of the different teams of doctors and specialists that make their rounds discussing with them the progress being made, possible challenges, adjustments that will be made, and any changes in direction. And because of the extent of Luke’s injuries, there are multiple teams of doctors and specialists that come through all day.   So, you sit and wait. And pray.  Then just when you think its safe to make a quick run to the bathroom and grab another cup of coffee (which is the cause of  even having to “run” to the bathroom to begin with), here comes another doctor (with his/her entire entourage of resident doctors in tow).  Due to the extent of Luke’s injuries, there are multiple teams of these doctors, all of which are working on different schedules.  Add to that, at any given time these specialists may be called away for unanticipated emergencies, and you can see why time can go really fast and extremely slow all within the same day. And it can seem very similar to yesterday.  So, after all of the different teams do their individual assessments, they at some point get all of their charts together and do a “conference” to determine the best overall course of direction that needs to be made while treating different and specific needs that Luke is having.  An example of this today is while the P.I.C.U. (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) team has Luke on additional sedation medication to make him more comfortable with the respirator tube, the neurology team wants to do a mental assessment exam which will require hardly any sedation.  So they have to determine what’s priority.  In today’s case, the neurology team stressed that they would encourage the P.I.C.U. team in taking out the tube asap because nuerology is in somewhat of a holding pattern in determining their next course of action until they can do a mental assessment exam.  But due to Luke’s neck injury, P.I.C.U. wants to be extremely cautious in removing the tube because of the difficulty in getting one back in place.  So they take chest x-ray’s to really analyze his lungs, each team does their different assessments with their different areas of responsibility, and then they “conference”. They talk about what is priority and make that the primary area of focus and then look for any creative ways to be able to treat what becomes secondary needs.  The solution they came up with today, meets the objectives of both teams.  By taking Luke to the O.R. to remove his respirator tube, the P.I.C.U. minimizes any breathing complications that although not anticipated, could be corrected even with the complication of not being able to move Luke’s neck. And the neurology team doesn’t have to wait for a “slower” course of direction in removing it, and then cutting back the sedatives, which then allows them to bring Luke out of his “medically induced unconsciousness”.  I tell today’s story because it somewhat gives a sense of what happens in the course of a day from Ben and Lindsey’s perspective.  It’s day 13 but sometimes its hard to tell the difference from day 12. Or day 11. Or what were the topics and objectives on day 10?  For them the day starts at “Red Roof Inn”, thinking “now why are we even here”? Then the realization hits them once again how their “very normal life” hit a “big brick wall”.  They spend the day talking to doctors, nurses, and specialists and before they know it, it’s time to head back to “The Roof” for a few hours of sleep. (Note: While writing this, Ben came out and said that they (one of the aforementioned medical teams) told him that they will not be able to take out the respirator tube today and it looks like it will be tomorrow instead).

As I was sitting here today thinking about how to update the blog, I wanted to somehow convey what Luke’s progress can look like “sitting here on the front row”. For all of us, we would just like to fast forward through some of the details of what needs to be done so that the doctors can better understand what might be anticipated. But, that is only considering his recovery from the medical perspective. And believe me, sitting here on “the front row” it is really cool from to see what has happened in Luke’s recovery that can only be attributed to a touch from God. Luke’s path of healing and restoration has been nothing short of a miracle and we praise God!!!



July 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Chris, thank you for taking the time to give us that perspective. Luke’s story is so full of miracles that are already testifying to people of God’s power and His care. It is amazing to watch God make something beautiful out of tragedy. We are continuing to pray.

    Comment by Lori Blosser | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. This was a great review Chris and thanks so much for sharing the details of a day with us.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. We would like to thank you for the updates. We go to Blue Ridge Church of Christ. We were talking the other day about Luke and what has happened to your family. We have 2 beautiful grandaughters ages 3 and 1. We cannot imagine what we would if we were in your shoes. We know that this has been so hard on your family and friends.It is awesome to see God work in Luke and through him at the same time. If we can do anything to help please let us know. If you need help with the hotel expenses or need gas money for all of your traveling please let us know. We will continue to pray for you all.We can be reached at our email Once again God continue to heal this angel and give his family peace.

    Comment by Gary And Darla Eavers | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the insight of a day in the life of the Yoder family. How are Luke’s siblings handling this? We pray for them as well that they will see Christ in all this.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks Chris for the description of the front row. I am continuing to pray for Luke, Ben and Lindsey, and the rest of the family.
    Yesterday in church during worship time we were singing the song “I am Free.” In the verse is a powerful declaration…”Through You the blind will see, through You the mute will sing, through You the dead will rise, through You all hearts will praise, through You the darkness flees, through You my heart screams ‘I am free.'” Luke’s situation came vividly to mind. I know this may sound weird, but I felt that I was singing that song with conviction over him and because of him. “Over him” because of the interceding and waiting to see him completely restored, and “because of him” due to the many miracles that we have seen already through this time and the testimonies that are being and will continue to be shared. I felt the tangible presence of the Lord. I know it’s not about a feeling, but there are definitely times when God overwhelms us. In fact, it was hard for me to sing because of the emotions that it brought on…joy, hope, faith, comfort, tenacity… May you all be encouraged today as you continue to “sit on the front row.”

    Comment by Kristi Geib | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. chris, thanks for sharing “a day in the life of the Yoder family” with us! We feel we can pray more specifically for each of you.

    Comment by Gabe, Paula, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Gabriel, Joshua | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. Very helpful, Chris. Thanks! And I didn’t know about takethemameal….and I certainly want to do this.


    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thanks, Chris, for this insight. What dedication and patience! It’s helpful to know how to pray. What a blessing and beautiful picture of family you are to the body of Christ.

    Comment by Richard and Heidi King | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  9. Thanks Chris for the update,we also know how to pray when we hear what is happening thereI couldn’t believe when I read Kristi’s comment as the same thing happened to me when we sang that song I leaned over to Bob with tears running down my face and said “this is for Luke”. I strongly believe that. hang in there everyone and know we are ya

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  10. Thanks Chris for the update. We are praying for Luke and his entire family. If there is anything we can do, I know we are so far away, but we can send care packages anything, please let us know! Blessings to you, Mike and Betsy Christner

    Comment by Mike and Betsy Christner | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  11. My heart aches for all of you. When my sister and husband were in a bad cycle accident last year I sat in the hospital for days waiting.I know how tiring and discouraging it can get. I so wish there was some way I could take it all from you. I guess if I feel this way God feels it a million times more. He is so awesome in how He deals with our prayers, handling them idividually and doing what He feels is best for all. This morning I read this and thought of you all. “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. “I said,You are my servant” I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do mot be dismayed. for I am tour God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you will my righteous right hand. Praise God. He has so been keeping His promise with you all. Even though sometimes we get impatient. God understands. We love you all and think and pray for you all the time. Be blessed

    Comment by Jake and Arlene | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  12. We have met Mike and his family through Peter Laver and family. We just wanted you to know that Luke as well as Carson and all the Yoder family are in our thoughts and prayers. We can only imagine the difficut days and nights that you are experiencing. The daily blogs are very encouraging and we do appreciate the time that it takes the family to keep family and friends updated on Luke’s progress. You are a beautiful family with great faith. God is hearing your prayers.
    God Bless all!

    Comment by The Jim Laver Family | July 24, 2009 | Reply

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