January 29, 2015

Update: Good news

My Hubby's heart is back in rhythm! It hasn't been in rhythm since surgery on the 5th! Hooray!
The doctors believe it was the fluid around his heart that caused the afib. (we knew he didn't have heart problems!) :)
The tube that was put in his heart to drain the fluid was suppose to come out this weekend, but they were able to take it out today! Yay!
 He says this is the best he"s felt since the first surgery!

 Its been a good day!


January 28, 2015

Surgery went well

Seeing your loved one on a ventilator is something else..and watching it be removed is even worse, but thank heaven the Lord is 'keeping' him.
Honestly it was a rough morning and he was in a lot of pain.
During the surgery they drained a half a liter of fluid from around his heart and a whole liter from one of his lungs! -which sounds like an awful lot to me!

But, this evening is a different story. He has the breath and the strength to talk again! Absolutely amazing! I'm like 'who is this guy? I haven't seen him like this since Friday.' Whoo-hoo!

Believing for smooth sailing from here on out!


Wednesdays in the Word

When God Keeps You:

Oh my goodness, I love this!
 Psalm 121 mentions 'keeps' 7 times.
'Keeps' in the Hebrew, is shamar and it means "to exercise great care over or watch closely."

Here's how God keeps us:

"He who keeps you will not slumber,
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper...
The Lord shall keep you from all evil. (Love that!)
He shall keep your soul.
The Lord shall keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore."

How awesome that He, the God of Heaven, exercises such great care and watches us so closely!

My favorite of those is "The Lord shall shamar (or keep) you from all evil."
And evil here is Ra which means "immoral or unethical actions performed by others." How awesome is that!?

Adam was told to keep the garden of Eden in Gen. 2:15 and guess what we are suppose to  shamar? 

"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out it spring the issues of life." Prov. 4:23


January 27, 2015

Another surgery

We are waiting with Hubby as he is about to be taken into surgery to have drains put in his chest. One for the fluid around the heart and the other for one of his lungs.  The procedure is two hours late  but we sure know that Hubby has been well covered in prayer, since so many dear friends started praying about it hours ago. Very blessed with so many praying friends!

January 26, 2015

Take two in ICU

Sunday afternoon, I brought Hubby back to the cancer hospital for an emergency visit. He had been very weak all weekend and vommiting every morning after the feeding tube came out. He also felt some congestion in his chest. He looked haggard and his skin looked a bit yellow to me. (the nurse has since corrected me and said his skin looked "dry' not yellow and it was from dehydration) His white blood count was high and they decided to admit him to find the infection. Then his heart went in aFib and they put him in ICU. Late last night they did a CAT scan and today we found out it showed fluid on one lung and fluid around the heart caused by the swelling from surgery. They want to drain the fluid around the heart before it starts  causing problems. This could have been a big problem if undetected. God is good.


January 25, 2015

First week of recovery at home

Recovery from this surgery is not easy, bless my Hubby's heart!
Just when we thought it might not be that bad, the tube in his stomach started leaking. This turns out to be normal but they still had us come to the hospital at 11:30 Sunday night to do an x-ray just to make sure. I think we've been sleep deprived ever since because the leaking adds a new dimension to his care. There's a dressing to change a few times a night, meds to take and a feeding pump to turn off when the cycle is over etc..
But as far as his surgeon is concerned, everything looks great and is healing well. He said Hubby is suppose to feel like he's been run over by a truck. Good to know, since he does.
They decreased his time on the feeding tube from 18 hours to 14 hours and now he is on a full liquids diet, which is a little more fun than the clear fluids diet. But he can only handle a few sips of soup or a few bites of Greek yogurt right now.
 He's been really nauseous lately and is still very weak. He does go for little walks around the house or in our driveway. He watches lots of home improvement shows, which remind him of the joy of hard work and making customers happy. (he really misses being able to work!)
One night when he felt good, I thought a ride in the car might be nice for a change of scenery, but every bump in the road hurt his stitches, poor thing. Bad idea.
The kids took turns taking care of him, so I could dash out and run some errands that I needed to do after being 'gone' for 11 days.
 Joy took care of him one evening and I went to the fabric store and bought some fabric and sewed a new valance for our bedroom window. I bought some pillows for our bed to match our new comforter. Our old one reminded us of the chemo and radiation days. Maybe that's weird, but they did, so they had to go! It looks brighter and happier now, which reminds us that this is not that season, but a new one and we are closer to the end of this journey!

Andrew was invited to go on a family vacation with his best friend's family, who live in CA now. That blessed guy has been on a cruise to Mexico all week! He's flying home today and I can't wait to have his sweet, talkative, helpful, funny self back in our home! Love that guy! And looking forward to hearing about his travels!

We'll be nursing and healing around here, if you don't hear from us.


January 21, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

This verse kept going through my mind during Hubby's hospital stay.

"HE is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen." Deut.10:21 '


One of those great and awesome things we have seen is that on
January 5, 2015 
at exactly
2:00 PM 
All the cancer was removed from Hubby's body! 

Thank you, Jesus!