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Good Day for Luke!

This is Jolene again (Lindsey’s aunt from Florida).  We got back a little awhile ago from visiting Luke and I thought I would fill you in on his day.  Ben spent last night with him and said that Luke had a good night and slept well.  Therapy started early today with the occupational therapist coming in to Luke’s room around 8:00 a.m. (think I’m correct on that).  She was impressed with Luke’s cognitive skills.  Even with the halo on he is able to put his socks and shoes on with very little help.  Today was the first day that he ate in the cafeteria.  Because it is hard for him to look down (due to the halo) he needs help getting the food on his spoon or fork but once it is on he takes it and feeds himself.  Tonight we got to see him eating mac and cheese.  He ate very well and seemed to enjoy it. 

Grandpa Glenn, Andrew and Rich were in with Luke for awhile and had him trying to shoot the small basketball into a wastebasket and he made several.  Also, his helium birthday balloons are tied to the end of his bed.  Rich took  and swatted them towards Luke and told him to hit them back and Luke did this numerous times.  He has good hand and eye coordination.  Later when I talked to him about this I told him it was okay to hit it real hard back at Rich.  He just looked at me and grinned because he knows what a big tease Rich can be.

A big highlight today for Luke was getting two packages in the mail from the athletic department at Duke.  One package contained an autographed poster of the basketball team.  It also had a note written on it that said something like – to the biggest Duke basketball fan in Virginia – can’t remember the exact wording.  The other package was a Duke t-shirt, an autographed 2008-2009 hardcover press realease book, a magazine and a Duke three ring binder noteboook.  He was quite excited about this unexpected gift.  Grandpa Mark and Grandma Martha were also there and gave him a Duke sweatshirt and he grinned even more when he saw that.  What a way for Luke to end his day!!

We are so glad that we were able to stop and see Ben, Lindsey, Luke, Andrew and Maleah before heading back to Florida.  They are one special family and I just love those kids!!  Tomorrow will be the last time we get to see Luke for awhile.  We will be back in October and can’t wait to see the progress he will have made by then.  Keep them all in your prayers as they face each day and each new challange.   They are going to need our continued support and prayers and I have heard them say how much they appreciate everyone who is thinking about them and praying for them.

Also, keep the rest of the family in your prayers – grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Luke seems to enjoy seeing all of them and you can tell how much all of them love him!  They are all doing an amazing job helping Ben and Lindsey out!  It will be hard for me to leave here but I have Luke’s big smile and hug to look forward to the next time I see him – and his enthusiastic HELLO!

Jolene Shue (Lindsey’s aunt)


July 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I love how y’all wait till the 11th hour (literally!) to update us on the daily events. 🙂 I’m always checking the blog for updates. I know you guys are busy going back and forth from home to the rehab center and back home again. I’m sure you all are exhausted by the end of the day. Thank you Jo for keeping us posted. I love your long letters. It’s cool to hear all of Luke’s highlights for the day. I heard from Grandma Betty tonight that Luke got all this cool stuff from the Duke basketball team! Man, that is awesome! I cannot believe how word spreads. I’m glad to hear Luke is eating more and more “real foods” everyday! I can’t wait to see ya Buddy!

    Take care Ben and Lindsey! We will see you very soon!


    Comment by Uncle Kelby...Lindsey's Big Bro | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Awesome, detailed update. I was wondering about specifics like eating, swallowing, etc. It is so good to hear that he is able to do those things. We continue to pray and look forward to the good reports that are coming. Peaceful dreams for all tonight, in Jesus’ name!

    Comment by Baker Family | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thank you all for your daily posts on Luke and his recovery. I can hardly wait until the evening to see what is posted and if not then, it is one of the first things I check in the mornings!

    So grateful to God for the amazing work he is doing in Luke’s body! I don’t even know this little young man personally, but that doesn’t matter to me. He is in my prayers and those of my family every single day, as well as his parents and family.

    Prayers and blessing!
    Barb Wing

    Comment by Barbara Wing | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. Ben and Lindsey,
    Our family continues to lift up Luke daily and my children are always anxiously awaiting an update. We are all excited and continue to praise God for the healing that is taking place in Luke’s body and pray for continued healing and strength for you and your family. My children were so excited to receive some wrist bands in the mail from Maretta and have already passed them on to some of their friends asking them to pray. It is so awesome to see the power of prayer worked out in your lives. So many are praying for Luke. We have our VBS classes praying for Luke this week too. Hold fast to Jesus he IS MIGHTY TO SAVE. Many Prayers, Jody Shippa

    Comment by Jody Shippa | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi!

    I’m really happy to know that Luke is making big strides in his recovery. I found this blog through a Duke forum, and let me assure you, Luke, the Cameron Crazies are 1000% behind you! Instead of cheering “Let’s go Duke”, how about “Let’s go Luke!”

    I wish you all the best during these hard times, and I’d like you to know that you and your family are in the thoughts of the Duke community.

    Comment by Duke Student and Cameron Crazie | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  6. Luke, did you know I am a Duke fan? I can’t wait to tell you my Duke story. I got in lots of trouble when I was in high school becaus I went to see Duke and UCLA play basketball. I have no regrets I would do it again:)! Praying for you and I can’t wait to yell, “Luke shoot the ball”, That’s what I used to yell at your dad when he was playing!



    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  7. Praise Jesus! We are thankful to our Savior for the continued healing He is giving you, Luke. I pray this brings into your life a confidence in His abilities and especially in His love for you.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank | July 30, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Gail Smith | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  9. It is such a blessing to hear about Luke’s progress! We check up on him every day, and every night he and the rest of the family are in our prayers. Faith asks numerous times a day to see the photos of Luke and wants to know how the “ouchie on his head” is doing. You may be “far, far away”, as she says, but you are near and dear to our hearts! God is great, and your story is a testament to that! Hugs to you all!

    Comment by Telissa & Brian Stumpf | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  10. Thanks Jolene for the update … we are so excited for the progress Luke is making and thank the Lord ! It’s so cool that the Duke bball team gave Luke such cool stuff …that pkg will be hard to top for sure…. we will be heading up there next saturday (that’s when we leave sarasota ) can’t wait to see you all and get and give some big hugs … continued prayers from all of us here. see you soon
    love Bill & Deb

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  11. Wow Luke! Two packages from Duke, now I’m jealous! 🙂 I’m so glad to hear of the progress you are making. God is doing a mighty work in you and it is so exciting to watch. Keep working hard. We can’t wait for the day that you are released and headed home! Praying, praying, praying.

    Comment by Lori Blosser | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  12. Thank you to all of you who keep us informed on how Luke is improving. God bless you all, and know that you are continually in our prayers!

    Comment by Ricardo and Shelby Pedrotti | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  13. Thank you so much for the updates that are being posted. We anxiously await each day to see the reports of progress that Luke is making. It’s amazing to watch this miracle unfold in such a way. We continue to pray and give praise.

    Comment by Vic & Tina Bright | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  14. Lindsey, I have my wristband on all the time to remind me to pray for Luke. Nathan always wants to hear updates on how his friend Luke is doing. We love you guys and are lifting Luke up to Jesus. Love, Cathy

    Comment by Cathy Brent | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  15. I fell asleep last night picturing Jesus in Luke’s room at Kluge ministering to him; loving him and healing him. HIS mighty hands right on him! It was beautiful and baffling all at the same time. I don’t know you, nor you me, yet God has tendered my heart to your family and I find myself praying and crying out to HIM to heal your precious Luke. God’s goodness has never been more evident to me than in your story. Keep telling it. We are believing that healing will come to Luke’s voice and 100% healing to his eyes. I’m humored and amazed at his playing ball. I got such a charge out of that story! Go Luke! Go God!!!!

    Comment by Dawn Mast | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  16. To God be the Glory -Great things He has done!!!
    It is exciteing to antisipate every day , a little more of Lukes healing-to see God in His time ;moveing and showing His love and compassion! Luke; we love you and know that God is watching over you and your family–

    Comment by martha-andy yoder | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  17. It is wonderful to hear how God is working in your lives. It encourages all of us believers. Just proves what an “awesome” GOD we all serve. Thanks be to Him, and Him alone.

    Comment by Terry Claxton | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  18. It’s so uplifting to see how the lord has started his healing. Luke, you are going to be fine. I can’t wait till you and I can talk about our favorite teams again like we did last summer during baseball. Tar Heels for me Duke for you.Keep getting well we have alot of baseball to play.
    Praying for you and your family.
    Coach Jimmy,Stacey,Sarah and Nick.

    Comment by jimmy wood | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  19. What I love about Luke’s story is God’s attention to all the little details. This has been a journey of faith for many people, including me. I long ago gave up trying to put God in my miniature box and trying to limit what He can do. He has given us all a glimpse of just how wide and deep His love is for His children. He heard our cries from heaven and reached down to save Luke for His purposes. Thank you, Lord for your awesome healing powers! What a mighty God we serve!

    Comment by Gwynne Carpenter | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  20. Oh how I love to daily read the updates–i’m w/ Uncle Kelby–I’m on pins and needles, waiting for that 11th hour, to hear how each day went! ;o) So neat to hear that he’s eating/feeding himself! Today, I was reflecting back to all that you all have gone through, in the past 3 1/2 weeks….and thinking about what Luke “was- and is-and is to come”…..everytime I think about the plans God has in store for his future, I seriously get cold-chills!

    Continued love and prayers!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 30, 2009 | Reply

  21. Wow,
    I’m overwhelmed everytime I log on to this website. I’m always thinking about luke. not a day goes by that I dont think about him. I wear my wristband 24/7. Its been killing me to stay away this long but hopefully i’ll see you all very soon. tell him I said Happy Birthday.(a little late i know)

    Praying and thinking about the family 24/7
    love leah

    Comment by Leah Withers | July 31, 2009 | Reply

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