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Health Update

Dear Friends,

Thanks for your concern and prayers as we ran into a little trouble with my health over the weekend.  Here’s an update of what transpired:

I was driving to meet some people (including Lucas and some others from church) for lunch on Sunday.  Upon driving into the parking lot, I had a very severe case of low blood pressure in which I almost blacked out.  The spell lasted for about 4 to 5 minutes, and Lucas promptly drove me to St. Joe Regional Med Center in South Bend.  After a few initial tests and a talk with the doctor’s on staff at the Heart Center of Indianapolis, a decision was made to drive me by ambulance to the Heart Center and allow them to check me out over night.

The doctors there suspect that I had a tachycardia (rapid heart beat) Sunday afternoon, as I had a confirmed case at the Heart Center Sunday evening/early Monday morning.  The question is what caused it. 

Positively, my cardiologist there, Dr. Ball,  suspects that it was caused by low potassium, and dehydration.  (As I recalled, I had not eaten or drank anything (save  a cup of hot chocolate) still by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, and I had also worked out pretty heavily on Saturday.)  Dr. Ball said that under normal conditions, low potassium and dehydration would not have caused such a thing to happen to someone with normal blood pressure, but as my blood pressure already runs very low (90/60, …really), it probably put me in a dangerous position, which most likely prompted the tachycardia episode.

In an attempt to identify if this was truly a result of dangerously low blood pressure, I will be hooked up to an event monitor for about a month and am to record on the monitor if I exerperience any dizziness/shortness of breath/lightheadedness, etc, by pushing a button on the device. 

In the meantime, I need to regulate my water intake better and make sure I’m not skipping any meals and as a result, we are convinced that there will be no more episodes like this one.  I’ll have a follow up appointment with Dr. Ball in about a month just to see how I’m doing.

Spiritually and emotionally it’s been tough to have this setback, two years after my initially surgery, but I’ve been holding on to some words that Lucas spoke to me this morning.  He reminded me that the Bible says there’s a time for living and a time for dying, and that now is NOT my time for dying; NOW IS MY TIME FOR LIVING.  As David himself said, “I will live and not die, and proclaim what the Lord has done.” 

Already, as I remember speaking to the nurses, I’m reminded of how astonished they all are that I don’t even have to take any over the counter medication as a result of having my surgery–it seems to be unheard of.  So, I know I can be thankful and full of praise for the Lord’s victory in my life in this way.

Thanks  again for all your prayers, I felt them in very specific ways – Lucas waking and calling in the middle of the night, when I  really needed a caring person there by my side, worship songs coming to my mind that I was able to sing to keep myself  encouraged, and great caring nurses and doctors who kept assuring me that everything was going to be okay.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Yours truly,

Krissy

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New Krissy Pictures

Well I got a new digital camera for Christmas (Canon Powershot SD870 IS), and so far, I love it.  Here are a few shots I took of my wife Krissy on Christmas day.

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Back From the Dead…

What a day…for the second time this week we’ve had doctors allude to us that Krissy was in eminent danger, this time, it caused us to drive 3 hours to the doctors in Indianapolis.  And although it was really inconvenient, I’m glad we went because it’s settled.  There was an inconclusive test that she had earlier this week in Mishawaka and her family physician panicked over it (they actually called and said “you have 30 minutes to get to the hospital or you could have an aortic anuerysm (which people don’t really survive.)”  Thankfully, we keep our cool, and God is faithful.  The first words out of both of our mouths were “the first report isn’t the last report.”  And today we found that to be true.  The doctors in Indy (who hadn’t seen this test/report yet, and had only heard about it from her family doc) were able to view her CAT scan from Mishawaka and were very quickly able to tell that “everything was fine”.  She does have some fluid in her chest cavity, called a plureal effusion, but that is very typical after the type of surgery she had, so there is no real concern at this point.  In fact, they thought she looked so good that they released her to drive again and to go back to work on January 7th with the new semester.  Praise the Lord!  Romans 3:4 rings true, “Let God be true and every man a liar.”  Thanks for all your prayers.  God is good.  He is ALWAYS faithful!

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Freedom Friday!

Well tomorrow is the big day for Krissy.  After a visit from the nurse, she should be released from “home health care”, which means that she will now be able to leave the house freely.  In celebration of the big day, we are planning a little shopping, our Oasis Staff Christmas party, and a trip to see “I am Legend” with Will Smith.  It couldn’t come a day sooner.  Just today, I caught her trying to escape out the bedroom window.  (Just kidding, but seriously, she’s getting a little stir crazy 🙂

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Sweet Home AlaGranger

Well we’re back.  Safely home.  She is doing very well (already asleep in the recliner with Bill the cat.)  My mom is coming by tonight to cook some dinner for us, Krissy’s mom is stopping by as well, and Becky is supposed to come over later too.  Mary and Stephanie next door helped us get in earlier, and we’re a big help.  Plus, Stephanie, had waiting for me a copy of Harry and Henderson’s!  I’m so watching it real soon.  Thanks again for all your prayers, and don’t worry, just because we’re home, doesn’t mean the blogging has to stop.  After all, I’m taking almost a month off of work 🙂  Look for the “TOP TEN REASONS I WON’T MISS THE HOSPITAL” here soon. 

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Please Note….

Please note, it’s very important not to read my blog to post operation surgery patients.  I’ve only done this test on one person….my wife, but it proved to be a very negative experience.  It started off sort of benign, in fact, I at first started worrying that all my attempts at humor had failed miserably, but then I got to the beehive turban towel wrap, and especially Maria’s comments about it – most specifically the one about Nurse Leslie being dangled upside down, and it was all over.  She started hyperventilating with laughter.  Funny at first, then turned a little scary.  So yeah, you might want to wait till week two to read my blog to surgery patients.  All is okay now 🙂

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Girls help!

Calling all ladies. I need some help. You know that thing that you do with a towel…? You know, after you get out of the shower and you wrap it around your head; sort of turban meets beehive hairdo thing. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway, I just tried for like 10 minutes trying to do that on Krissy. Her hair is still wet from like 6 hours ago, and we’re trying to dry it before she goes to bed. And we’re fresh out of hair dryers. Our solution, wrap her head up in a towel and insert hospital instant heating packs. I could visual the towel wrap in my head, but I just couldn’t duplicate it. It was like trying to tie a tie on someone else. Below is a long distance photo of my masterpiece wrap job.  And that’s a kleenex box blocking her face…I was just too lazy to get up to get a closer shoot.  And plus, krissy doesn’t know I’m posting this…but I think it’s funny 🙂
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And Adina…seriously, reading my blog or Hebrew…? You gotta go with the blog!

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Bigfoot Saga Continues….

Deb and Dawn relieved me for a bit and I took advantage of the time by meeting some old college friends for lunch. It was nice. We ate at this greasy burger joint and talked about church, our jobs, other countries, and bigfoot. I told them about the documentary about the Thunderbirds that i had seen, and it started this whole bigfoot conversation. Terry Morgan, my college buddy, and I decided that we need to find funding to go on a bigfoot exploration trip. Who wants to be the first donor? I’m ready…

Oh, here’s a photo of where I’ve been spending most of my time, plus the most famous Bigfoot photo just for fun 🙂

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Via la Krissy…

Hurray!  The doctor just came in says that he thinks she’s ready to get outta here!  They probably would of sent us out today, but since we live so far away, I think all of us thought it best for us to wait until morning.  We already met with the dismissal nurse (i’m certain that isn’t her title) and she went over a bunch of protocol, etc.  At any rate, tomorrow morning, we’re breaking out of here.  Dawn (krissy’s sister) and her mom, Deb, are on their way now, they should be here in about an hour or so.  Krissy is pretty excited about this, especially since her mom is supposed to help her wash her hair today.  Yeah, that’s way over due!

We also just met with the dietician who gave us a list of things to eat, etc.  Mostly smaller portions (for her and not me, I can still eat like crazy.), lean meats, proteins, good carbs, etc.  Otto, not sure if you’re reading this, but Krissy is jonesing for an herbal life shake.  I’m going to call you probably today to express us some 🙂

Tomorrow, I imagine that we’ll be in by noon or a little after.  Alright, I need a shower myself, I think the hospital patient smell is contagious and I think it’s spreading….ahhhhh!  Run for your lives.  The stink is coming!

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I Think the Nurse is Winning…

I think I’ve met my match.  Nurse Leslie is a tough one.  I rarely come across someone that I can’t at least get to smile once or twice…but she is unmoved.  She seems descent at her job, just unattached.  Personally, I’ll take my chances behind door #2 at 7pm for the next shift.  Out of probably 7 nurses, we’ve had only 2 that were just okay – the others have been awesome.

Ron just arrived a bit ago (Krissy’s dad) and he is going to probably stick around until dinner time before he heads back.  It’s nice to have someone else here.  Ron does a good job of just acting normal and just being with her.  He’s a good dad.

We haven’t heard an update on her blood pressure in awhile, but she did go for a walk since and just ordered some spaghetti, which should be up soon.  Oh, Nurse Leslie is back….I’ve gotta go.

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