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….An Afternoon with Luke

Today I was able to go to Kluge and spend the afternoon with Luke and Lindsey.  When I arrived a little before noon, Luke had already been through his first rounds of therapy.  I went with he and Lindsey to his next class and his therapist fitted him with an eyepatch. She said Luke could be a pirate for the day.  He liked that and made the “argh” noise, along with the hand motion for a pirate, and said he might like to use gold glitter glue to decorate his patch.  They gave him the patch to wear or try whenever he wants, thinking it may help him with his vision.  His eyes aren’t working “together” and this may help with possible double vision. 

Next, we went to lunch.  Luke chose macaroni and cheese for his lunch and boy did he have an appetite.  He went through two bowls of mac and cheese, had a little fruit , and then asked for more mac and cheese.  Linds and I had to laugh because she would ask if he’s about done and he would say “no” and keep eating away.  After lunch, it was time for speech therapy.  The therapist would start a sentence  such as,  “A dog, elephant, and bird are all……..,” and he would finish her sentence.  Sometimes she would list several items and ask him to put them in order from smallest to largest. Her questions became more challenging and he thought about each one and gave her good answers.  He also worked on his breathing technique, which helps his whispered words become more clear and louder.

In his next couple of classes, Luke planted oregano in a pot he had helped paint a couple of days before.  We also used modeling clay to make different things….he got a kick out of us trying to guess what he was making and we never could come up with the right answer so he finally told us he was making a parrot…..there was a picture of one on the modeling clay box.  He also made a pipe cleaner spider with googly eyes.  He worked with his hands a lot in these classes.  He used his mirror quite a bit to help with knowing where things were on the table and how to manipulate them since he can’t bend his head to look down. 

We ended the afternoon of classes with physical therapy.  He walked between parallel bars back and forth several times with support from Lindsey and the therapist.  He also worked on sitting up and throwing beanbags at the same time.  He would help support himself with one hand on the mat and throw the beanbags with the other hand.  Then, I threw them back to him and he would find them, if they didn’t land in his lap, and put them back in the basket. 

He was a hard, diligent worker in all his classes and willing to do anything they asked of him.  We took Luke back to his room for a much deserved nap!  I sat with him for a couple of hours while he rested and marveled at the progress he has made in the last week.  Thank you Lord for your continued healing hand upon him! 

A couple of specific things to pray for are: that his eyes will “work together” and his vision will continue to become more clear, that his neck will completely heal so the halo can come off in a few weeks, and that he can work towards going home and just coming back for oupatient therapy. Ben and Lindsey are, of course, awesome with Luke and are responsible for much of his daily caregiving such as mealtimes, bathing him, and taking care of his needs throughout the day.    Pray for them as they continue their routine with Luke day in and day out.

Our family continues to be grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support from the community as well as from all over the country.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16b

Aunt Faith

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July 31, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

14 Comments »

  1. We continue to pray for Luke’s complete healing. So thankful for the progress he is making each and every day. Thank you for sharing his day with us. May God continue to strengthen Luke and your family. We love you!

    Rob, Karen, Ian, Hannah and Karis

    Comment by The Buchanans | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  2. Last night (July 31, 2009) I attended a service at our church camp, Wesley Acres in Bloomfield Ontario Canada. The speaker was Steve Wingfield and he told us to check out the Luke Yoder blog and pray for this boy. I immediately checked out your site when I returned home and was delighted to read how the Lord is with Luke and the family as you continue this healing process. I am thankful that the Lord spared his life….. He must have some big plans for Luke in the future.

    I will continue to pop into your blog to stay updated on your situation. I have already added Luke’s blog address and photo to my blog as a reminder to pray for him and your family.

    Your faith and strength, as you rely on the Lord through this trial, is so amazing and is such an example. God bless you all on your road to recovery.

    Michelle Found
    Picton, Ontario, Canada
    http://www.fiddlersfound.blogspot.com

    Comment by Michelle Found | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks Faith for sharing. It was great to hear how his day went. It was hard to leave this morning knowing that I won’t see him for awhile. I just keep picturing that beautiful smile and that wonderful hug!

    Ben and Lindsey are doing an awesome job with Luke! They are both patient, kind people and you can see that in all they do with Luke. Keep up the good work Luke!! We will be thinking of you and praying for you. Can’t wait to see you in Florida!!

    Jolene

    Comment by Jolene Shue | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  4. We are so excited to hear what amazing progress is going on! What a miracle…thanks so much for sharing. We are still praying and thinking about Luke all the time. The kids drew pictures and we have a couple fun things we need to send off for him.

    Comment by Richard and Heidi King | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. What a great update, Faith. I enjoy hearing all the different perspectives of each person. So glad you are able to be there with them. We continue to pray for a spirit of tenacity for Luke and those who are with him day in and out.

    “Heather

    Comment by Baker Family | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  6. Our thoughts continue to call your names out for ongoing prayer. In the words of our son when he was facing physical challenges some 20 years ago — GOD CAN! Yes, God still can.

    God is love and you are loved by God and by us.
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  7. Thanks for the update … hearing about Luke’s progress every day is so great ! God is so good and we praise Him every day for His healing touch ! Continued prayer for you all for strength and endurance to the finish line ! love, Bill & Deb

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  8. Whow…more and more progress! Very exciting.

    Chris hit another home run today…and we say it’s for you!
    You are scoring lots of “homeruns” every day over there.

    Christopher wants to know what you want for your birthday present. He wants me to call your mom’s cell and find out.

    He thinks you’ll be playing soccer and basketball again with him and all of your buddies soon!

    Love and prayers,

    Watros Family

    Comment by Wendy Watros | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  9. We continue to lift Luke and the family in our prayers. Thanks for the updates – they are so encouraging!

    Comment by Joetta | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  10. Yoder Family,
    We are a BRCS family and have also been praying for Luke. Marissa is our youngest and an 8th grader. When we first heard of the accident, Marissa said, ” Mom, he is such a sweet kid and he has such a big smile.” We continued to pray and pray along with so many others. When I pulled up the picture of Luke smiling and with his halo, I immediately called Marissa. With tears streaming down her face she said,” You know mommy, God didn’t have to heal Luke, He chose to.”
    May God continue to receive all the glory and honor as He continues to heal Luke. We continue to pray.
    The Collier Family

    Comment by Diane Collier | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  11. Thanks for the update Faith! I really felt like I was there with Luke. Luke and the entire Yoder clan are in my prayers.

    Steve

    Comment by Steve and Barb | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  12. Thank you Faith, for the update. WOW–all those crafts and projects sounds more fun than Highland Retreat….wink, wink! The boys and I were BLESSED with a surprise run-in of Sheila and her gorgeous troop of little women, yesterday and it felt SOOO good, on so many levels to hug and talk w/ her! (Sheila-email me, PLEASE–Mike has my email address-plus you can probably access it here–I need your address). We continue to pray for Luke throughout the day and I love hearing my 5 yr. old asking God to bring healing to Luke’s body–a child he’s never met, yet he’s praying so fervently for!

    Luke-keep up the hard work buddy!!! You are such an incredible encouragement! An inspiration to so many! God has used you ALREADY to touch the lives and hearts of many-and I KNOW that He has even BIGGER things, in store for your life……one STEP AT A TIME! And step, by, step, God will lead you. You may need to lean on Mommy, or use mirrors or have someone help you, for awhile, but each little step, is taking you to the NEXT GREAT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE!

    love to you ALL!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  13. LINDSEY AND BEN THE NEWS IS AGAIN WONDERFUL. WE LOVE HEARING ABOUT ALL THE THINGS LUKE IS DOING. PRAISE GOD! GOD HAS SO MANY PLANS FOR LUKE, AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOVE WATCHING THE FAITH YOU GUYS HAVE. IT HAS BROUGHT OUT SO MUCH MORE FAITH IN OUR FAMILY, AND IN THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. (MIKE WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE US A CALL 908-9537) THE LUKE BENEFIT IS GOING WONDERFUL, THERE ARE GOING TO BE SO MANY PEOPLE. WE HAVE GAMES FOR THE KIDS ALL DAY(W/ PRIZES), ADORATION THE GOSPEL BAND @10 AND YARD SALE, BAKE SALE STARTING @ 7AM TILL AND AN AUCTION @12NOON, CONCESSION FOOD ALL DAY. GOD HAS BEEN WITH LUKE ALL THE WAY, AND WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY. WE BELIEVE HE HAS BEEN WITH THE WHOLE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HELPING WITH THE BENEFIT ALSO. GOD HAS ALSO BEEN IN THE COMMUNITY. TO EVERYONE HELPING WE THE SMITH’S AND OUR LITTLE GUY’S THE BRAVE’S AND THERE FAMILIES THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP, GOD BLESS. MOST OF ALL GOD WE THANK YOU FOR HEALING FOR PRAYERS, AND THE JOINING TOGETHER OF A COMMUNITY WE PRAISE YOU GOD, AMEN
    LOVE, THE BRAVE’S ALL THE COACHE’S GENE,GAIL ZACH, AND BRANDON.

    Comment by Gail Smith | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  14. His eyes don’t work together, so he sees double; he can’t look down because of the halo, so he has to use a mirror, which makes everything work backwards, but he can make clay creepy crawlies and feed himself with no problem! Amazing! What a kid God gave to this family. God is working through Luke to show so many people what an awesome God He truly is! We can’t even dream up something as great as God is able to do!

    Thank you so much for sharing Luke with us. I am overwhelmed with emotion every time I read the updates. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but we are all family through Jesus Christ and the Holy Father.

    Praise God, Luke is on the way to completely healed!

    Comment by Carole Painter | August 4, 2009 | Reply


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