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Next Step

Uncle Jeff took the overnight shift last night and says that it was a mostly quiet night for both Luke and himself. He said that Luke rested most of the night with the exception of coughing a few times.  I came in around 6:30 to relieve Jeff and sat with Ben and Lindsey on the cot beside Lukes bed while the doctor teams made their morning rounds. The nurse that Luke has had the past couple of days (his name is also Ben), says that they still have Luke on a substantial amount of sedation because yesterday with less, Luke seemed to be pretty irritated with the respirator tube. Although Luke is breathing completely on his own, the doctors are being very cautious about removing it with how difficult it would be to put it back because of the “halo” that is keeping his neck from moving. The solution that the doctors have come up with, is to take Luke to the operating room sometime within the next 24 hrs (they are having to coordinate with an additional team of E.N.T. doctors along with the P.I.C.U. doctors) to remove the tube where if there were any complications, they could immediately do a tracheotomy. Although this makes it seem like a very slow day for reporting any progress for Luke, it does seem like it is the wisest thing to do to avoid any risk. I think the “waiting” is what drives us the most crazy! I know, I know,  “patience, patience”! Dr Jane (lead neurosurgeon) seems to be at the same place though. He came in this morning really wanting to do a mental assessment, but Luke was just too”snowed”. He says he is ready for the “next step”! So we are praying that the whole “removing the respirator tube” thing goes well without any complications. Along with that, Luke’s lungs still have a slight amount of fluid in them, and although he is coughing most of it out on is own, it is being closely monitored by the team. And as always we are praying for his complete healing and restoration.



July 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. We will be praying that the breathing tube comes out with no problems! And we will be praying for patience for everyone else!

    Comment by Gabe, Paula, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Gabriel, Joshua | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Yes, ditto the above comment….believing for NO complications with the removal of the breathing tube and more patience….I can imagine how weary everyone must be at times over there.

    Wendy and family

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks Chris for the update. Along with you all we wait moment by moment for a positive progression in Lukes healing.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. Ben, we know you from your high schools days at EMHS and also your parents. Been reading your plog and praying every day for Luke. We were in a similar situation 2+ years ago with our little granddaughter only she had heart issues. The waiting and uncertainty are awful. Only God knows and He cares so much for Luke and your whole family. It was so great to see that Luke was responding to the things the doc asked him to do. Take one hour at a time and take care of yourselves also.

    Comment by Marv and Diane Holsopple | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. Glenn and Betty, we are holding you in our prayers

    Comment by Jarvis and Ruby | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks to Carl for letting us know what happened. We shared it as a prayer request at church this morning and are praying that you as a family will know God’s peace, strength and patience during this difficult time.

    Comment by Dennis & Nelda Kennell | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. Thanks for keeping us posted. I am in MI and will return home tomorrow. I have aske everyone to pray for Luke and the family.



    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. Thanks for keeping us posted> You all are in my prayers. I have asked everyon in MI where I have been preaching to pray for Luke and the family. Returning home tomorrow.


    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  9. We are praying for Luke’s healing and for strength for each of you; and for God to work through all of Luke’s physicians. Lois and Bill

    Comment by Lois Kauffman, Bill White | July 20, 2009 | Reply

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