Monday, December 16, 2013
My husband has been having some chest pains and shortness of breath and his Dr suggested seeing a cardiologist. The cardiologist wanted to do a heart catherization since Jim had one done 10 years ago when having some of these same symptoms. At that time no further procedures were necessary because there was not any blockage - I believe it was a God thing.
We spent a lot of time praying and asked others to pray also. On the way to the hospital that morning, I was so fearful. We said the things we needed to say, we knew those things, but it is important to say them outloud. I was "trying to be brave" and act like this was ok and Jim would be ok.
We arrived at the hospital at 11 am. There must be a whole lot of catherizations that are scheduled because they have a whole dept with maybe 15 to 20 beds/rooms for the prep/recovery and the labs where they do the procedure.
I was very anxious and teary and fearful. Around noon, I just had such a peace surround me as I surrendered my darling into the Lord's keeping. I just knew that no matter what the procedure revealed that I could get through this with the Lord's help and presence and felt peace. Not an "everything is going to be wonderful, pixie dust and rainbows" peace but a "God is with me" peace. I knew that no matter what the outcome, I felt the "thus far the Lord has helped me" peace. I also knew others were praying for us... I could just feel it.
There was a heart attack victim and a computer crash that caused all the procedures to get backed up and Jim didn't go in for the procedure until 3 pm. He was back in an hour or so. The Dr came in to say, no stents because there wasn't enough blockage to require it. He is suggesting a pulimary work up because of Jim's symptoms but was puzzled that no blockage was present. I believe God cleared it just like he did 10 years ago. The Dr also suggested Jim lose 20 lbs.
They were able to do the cath through his wrist - isn't that amazing? Much quicker recovery and healing time. We actually had to stay at the hospital until 9:45 pm because the site continued to ooze blood. Changed the bandage yesterday night and it was still oozing blood. Please pray for the wound to heal.
Jim has to take it easy for the next few days. The nurse said, no dishes, laundry or lifting. Jim laughed... so good for us to laugh.
I am so grateful for all the prayers, thoughts and concerns. Isn't it amazing how friendships can be deepened through community, even if it's a virtual one?
May each one of you that reads these thoughts and hopes find the "peace that passes all understanding that will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus". Merry Christmas and Blessings for a Happy New Year!