Medical Fund for Luke Seibert
Their 19 year old son Luke was in a very serious accident on March 14, 2016 and has suffered severe severe facial breaks and fractures.
It is going to take weeks or longer for the swelling to come down they said. He will need complete facial reconstruction....many surgeries over the next year or two.
He is heavily sedated and not responding at the moment. He has a trach and a feed tube. He might have lost sight in both eyes, but they will not know until he can open his eyes somewhat after the swelling goes down some.
Luke and the entire Seibert family really need your prayers, but please also show your support.
Every penny will help this fine family.
On Tuesday of this week I went to see one of the top Ocular Trauma doctors at the UAB eye hospital. After an extensive exam and ultrasound, he confirmed that from a medical perspective there is no possibility of me seeing again, apart from potential technological advances that could possibly happen in the future.
The surgery that is typically performed in situations similar to mine would be of no benefit, as my eyes cannot even detect light or dark.
While we had hoped to hear different news, the Lord has given me contentment about this. To be honest, I do feel that the Lord has ordained for me to be blind, at least for now, for a couple of reasons. First, everything else that was injured during the accident has improved some, but there has been no change at all in my eyes. Secondly, from the moment I "woke up" I never panicked about not being able to see. I asked my mom at that point if my vision would be the same, and when I heard her answer I was able to accept it and I have not gotten upset about it since.
I know that if the Lord wants me to see, He will make it happen. As you pray for me, please pray for God's will to be done in my overall healing and also for my transition to this new way of life.
Whew, what a day!! WE ARE HOME!!!!
Our day started early and we're just now winding down and getting everyone settled in for the night. It's been a steady stream of action, but GOOD action and even the unexpected "hiccups" of the day couldn't dampen our gratitude.
Many special events happened today---some large, some small---but I wanted to share a little about a few of them:
1. We're ALL in the same house again. Or, as Miss Diana Umberger Krop would say, "all in the same zip code". What a gift!
2. Prayer time. We gathered as a family around Luke's bed and each person prayed for him and for other friends on our prayer list, as well as gave praise and glory to our heavenly Father. As a parent, there is a deep well of emotion as you hear your children praying earnestly, and especially as they pray for one another.
3. The staff at Stallworth Rehab chose to give Luke a VERY special send off that left me speechless and in tears. They organize a "Code Billy" (named after one of their previous patients) for patients who have shown outstanding commitment, dedication, and progress during their stay at rehab and they felt Luke worthy of the honor.
A "Code Billy" calls for as many of the staff as possible to line the hall on both sides and cheer and clap for the patient as they exit the building. There were two LONG lines of amazing people that ushered Luke on to the next stage of his journey, as my heart and eyes just overflowed. And on top of that, we had many of the staff take time to personally come to Luke and tell him how he had touched their lives and made an impact on them. Treasuring these things in my heart....
Thank you, sweet friends and prayer warriors, for seeing us through this leg of the journey. We are ready to "fuel up" for what lies ahead, trusting our Creator each step of the way.
Luke and I have another fairly easy day here, reading, worshiping, and talking together.
Never one to miss an opportunity for improvement, we are currently in the therapy gym, at Luke's request, to spend time on the exercise bike. We're looking forward to spending some time later out in the courtyard also.
Darren and the children aren't able to visit today, as another of the children (Jude) is dealing with the illness that is making its way across the kiddos :( I am thankful that it is short-lived and hopeful that it will exit the house for good before Wednesday!
1. Ability to listen in on our church's service online this morning.
2. Opportunity for Luke to exercise today, and the desire to do so!
3. His coughing is lessening.
4. I'm again thankful for the protection over the rest of Luke's body during the accident, so that his legs are in great shape and walking is not a problem for him.
5. A better night's sleep!! This should have been earlier in the list, for sure. We were both better rested this morning.
1. Restored vision.
2. Full healing and use of his left arm.
3. Good sleep patterns (yay for answered prayer for last night!)
4. Family health.
5. Stamina for the next few days, as we have lots of therapies and appointments to finish before discharge on Wednesday.
Thank you for joining us in prayer each day. We are looking forward to an exciting week ahead for our family!
- Carrie Seibert
Huge thanks to Darren for staying with Luke tonight (and friends who are keeping the boys this evening) so that the girls and I have some special time to just enjoy one another and reconnect a bit.
Luke's therapies went well today, and we enjoyed our first walk outside with his PT as we worked on navigating different ground surfaces.
I've taken for granted walking on sidewalks, grass, and hills without thinking much about it. Not anymore! His therapists are doing a fabulous job at equipping me to assist Luke and helping us become an effective team.
He was a trooper, and even though he was super tired this afternoon he let us do a hair cut and wash. Looks like a new man now!
He's started having some extra congestion/coughing today, which is a bit of an extra challenge when your mouth is wired shut.
The doctor has prescribed something to hopefully give him some relief this evening.
1. Good weather for a walk outside!
2. Therapists who don't just work with the patient, but also intentionally involve and equip the family.
3. Family teamwork that works to serve and bless one another.
4. Luke's spirit of endurance and persistence, especially when he'd rather be sleeping.
5. Luke's spirit of contentment. With all he's gone through, he hasn't complained once.
1. A good night's rest for Luke and Darren.
2. Relief from congestion.
3. Restored vision.
4. Restored feeling and full use of his left hand.
5. Continued strength (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) to keep on keeping on.
Your prayers are a special gift to us! God is good.
- Carrie Seibert
Luke Luke....our Father who is God does not want you blind, so you get your hopes up as mine are for a full recovery in the name of JESUS. Much love to you Luke
I am so inspired by your perseverance Luke. You are here in this world for a very special purpose. Our family wishes you and your family lots of love and support.
What an amazing young man you are, Luke. I pray for you every day.
Luke, your strength is amazing. God is at your side. You are an inspiration to others.
Reading all the updates. Don't always have a chance to comment but please know Luke's continued progress is on my mind. Even though we don't know you personally...we care about Luke and can feel the great love and concern you show for your son and his healthy recovery. Our family wishes your family love and peace.
Praying for strength and courage for you, Luke. Praying for peace for your family and wisdom for your medical team.