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Did You Know that Abe Lincoln is the 16th President?

I’m on my way home to Georgia and want to try to give an overview of Luke’s current condition as best as I was able to observe over the past few days. Luke has made an amazing amount of progress since I had been there a week and half earlier, a lot of which has been described in earlier posts. I was able to go to a few of his therapy sessions on Saturday. During his speech therapy, the therapist asked him who the current president was and he answered correctly. She then asked “who is Abraham Lincoln” and Luke answered “the 16th president.” The funny thing was that none of us knew if that was right, so I had to “google it” and of course we discovered his answer to be correct. And this is a guy that just finished first grade! Next we went to physical therapy. There Luke spent most of his time working at walking with a walker. During the 30 minute session, we saw great improvement. By the time we left, he had made a few laps around the room with the therapist giving him some support. By now it was mid-morning and he was absolutely fatigued. He was given a 30 minute break and then since it was Saturday, he had only one more therapy session. We took him back to his room and he immediately wanted to lay down on his bed and take a nap.

 We also met with Luke’s rehab doctor an Saturday. Earlier in the week, he had told Ben and Lindsey that he would go over in detail with them the pictures of Luke’s brain injury from the MRI. When we met with him, he showed us on computer multiple views and slides. We went into that meeting somewhat bracing ourselves for the reality of the trauma that his brain may have sustained. The short version of what the doctor had to say is that there is no one major area of concern but a few smaller areas that may just work themselves out. Having said all of that, Luke very much needs continuous prayer. Watching him the last few days, I definitely get the sense that this is not a “sprint” but more of a “marathon” recovery. Just to be awake and alert takes a lot of effort on his part so each day requires a great deal of energy and determination. Thanks for your continued prayers.



August 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Keep pressing on Luke! You are doing great! Sydney and the rest of our family is continuing to pray for you. Press on towards the goal.

    Comment by Ceci Gray | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. He who began a good work in you will continue it until the day of completion. Our prayers will be a marathon effort too.

    Comment by Jeannie M Smith | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. I am a neighbor to Mike and Maretta. Let me first add that I have witnessed numerous “side stories” to God’s work on Luke. This tragedy has also turned many “passive” believers into more “active” Christians. Thank you, Luke, for accomplishing this!

    Second, I frequent this blog several times during the day. I am so grateful for Luke’s continued progress, and I continue to pray for his full recovery. God bless!

    Comment by Sheila Keesee | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. Wow, I would have had to google that myself! Way to go Luke! We continue to pray for a full recovery. Keep it up guy, you’re doing awesome!!

    Comment by Scott, Julie and Kaylee Dinkel | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  5. Still thinking of you everyday Luke and praying even more. You are such an incredible little boy. I admire your strength and determination. You are a gift from God. I would love to come and visit you when you are up to it.

    Comment by Christa Gitchell | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  6. Way to go Luke!! what great news of your continued improvements!! each day will bring you something new so keep working hard. YOU CAN DO IT!!! We wish you could be at the benefit but we know you will be there in spirit. Many people are rooting for you so keep up your hard work.

    Mt. Crawford Baseball League

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | August 2, 2009 | Reply

  7. What a smart boy! Praise God for his memory!

    Comment by Amy Wenger | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hello again from Michigan.

    The progress that Luke has had has been so God led that I bow my head in awe and utter humbleness. When the times are hard and the vision is blurred, then we can be so afraid. But God always has the clarity of the end result and this has benn miraculous.

    Many people came to me yesterday in church wanting updates and want to be able to pray specifically for the needs Luke has. I have been so touched and my love for them has been increased as I see thier concern and lov for this little man.

    We are wearing the bracelets and it is a constant reminder that the prayers for Luke need to be on our lips akways. Thank you, Glen, so much, for sending them to us. It worked so well because our kids were all home and could take them with them.

    At church last week, when a verse from Luke was mentioned my little 5 year old granddaughter, Madeleine, looked up at me and whispered… Luke?…we’re praying for him.

    Keep the updates rolling. They are wonderful for us far away. We will continue to pray for the needs for Luke.

    Lots of Love and Prayers.

    JOe and Esther

    Comment by Esther Byler | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  9. Luke, what an inspiration you are to all of us. Your progress is amazing and in some way drives us all. You are always in our prayers. (PS: My parents (Jill’s) just realized that you once lived in their subdivision and they remember you riding your tricycle….they are praying hard for you too!!)

    Comment by Mark, Jill and Ally Glick | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  10. My eyes sting and my heart swells every time I come here and read about Luke and your family. God is at work. His Word is true in Psalm 121:4 that HE never sleeps. Hallelujah!
    I’ve certainly prayed for Luke lately, but have also felt prompted to pray for his siblings that they will know the strong love of God and their family even amidst all this upheaval. I believe all of you will emerge from this stronger and more bonded together. His goodness and mercy surrounds you and your family is a blessing to so, so many people.

    Comment by Dawn Mast | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  11. I am praising God for all He has accomplished so far! I am continually amazed at the miracles that keep unfolding daily. Thank you, Lord. I, too, have had Andrew and Maleah in my prayers as well as Carson. It must have been frightening for the two boys and I am sure Maleah misses her mom and dad (even though I am sure they are enjoying being with their grandparents). Luke seems to be handling it all with a positive spirit. Keep it up, Luke!

    Comment by Gwynne Carpenter | August 3, 2009 | Reply

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