Monday, July 22, 2013

Jim Part 2

Hello again!

First, thank you all again for the sweet comments, prayers and abundance of love!  God is truly showing Himself to us through each of you.  As odd as it may sound, it has blessed our hearts to read the comments here and on FB and know that you are each an extension of His love and comfort.  Besides the normal stress of having Jim in the hospital and not knowing exactly what is happening with him it has been hard to be by ourselves (Marla and me) and not have a friend to just cry with and pray with.  I may say this often but please don't ever take for granted the Christian friends you have around you to pray with, laugh with, cry with, etc.   You never know when your world will turn upside down and you no longer have them around.  Maybe I have been so spoiled with the lovely friends I do have and so going through this rough time makes me ache all the more for you!!!!  It's hard for our two daughters back in the states because they can't see their Dad and love on him and give him, Marla and me hugs too and we can't give any to them.

So, with that, I can tell you that as of 3pm today Jim is HOME!!!!  You may think we are thrilled and excited, and we are, but there is the other part.  The part of the unknown, the fear and what could happen.  He was released because the two machines that are needed to do the gastro test and also the stress test are not functioning properly right now. Whether that translates to they are really both surprisingly broken at the same time or summer is here and we are very short staffed so there aren't a lot of people to operate the equipment and you are no longer an emergency.....talk about having to trust the Lord and not lean on our own understanding.  Such a test of faith. Jim's resting now.  He is not allowed to do much except rest.  No walking and not much exercise until he has the stress test.  He is on blood thinners so help with the blood flow to the heart.  Marla and I have decided that we won't be out of the house at the same time just to make sure one of us is with him at all times.  We may be overly cautious but we don't want to take any chances.  A week ago today I wasn't sure what was happening and it scared me enough that we don't want to risk him being alone.  I met his doctor today and she told me what he can and can't eat.  He is on a strict diet of 1500 calories a day....lol....I think this is a shock to him.  Marla is so great and a big help-she is already planning on filling her Pinterest with heart healthy meals :)  No fat, no sugar, no fried foods....life is going to be changing for the good :)

Thank you again for taking the time to write, send your love and to pray.  It means the world to us.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Update on Jim

I decided to take to the blog to let everyone who is interested know what happened and what is happening with Jim.  To try and write on Facebook is just too long.

First, I really apologize to those who have written asking what is going on. Besides family,  I let a few people know the day of and figured that between the three of them everyone who is close to us would find out.  I wasn't in the mood to write on Facebook, answer emails, messages, etc.  I wasn't trying to be mean or evasive but to be honest, other people weren't the first things on my mind.  My husband and his health were and still are.  So, if I haven't returned an email or responded to a message please bare with us and try to place yourselves where we are right now.  We have been in 'waiting and testing mode'.

On Monday we were out in Padova with my sister and her family.  We had lunch and then the some of us went in one direction while the guys went in another.  I happened to see that Jim and Jim (my sister's hubby is also Jim) were sitting down again.  I just figured they were bored and not wanting to walk anymore.  We met up about 1/2 later and started walking towards the car.  Not long after my Jim had to stop because he wasn't feeling well.  He rested and then attempted to continue walking but couldn't.  We sat down on a bench and my sister and her Jim went to get our car.  By this time Jim's neck was hurting and he couldn't move his head.  Come to find out the reason the guys were sitting in the first place was because his eyesight got blurry and he thought he was going blind.  Then, his chest starting hurting and he said it was like 300 lbs sitting on his chest.  His fingers and toes started to itch too.  It was scary time for us and even Jim was pretty scared.  I was so thankful for my sister being there and her husband so they could be in charge of the events and keep us all calm.

So the ambulance came and took him to the hospital and the EKG didn't show he had a heart attack.  His oxygen level was very low (86) so they had to give him oxygen.  He has been in the hospital being tested and his latest EKG yesterday was hard to get a reading on a part of his heart so they are pretty sure he has blockage in his arteries.  They will run more tests on Monday,  and hopefully we will get more results.  They want to do the angioplasty after they have exhausted the other tests-why, I don't really know.  I understand it is invasive but at the same time it would be good to just know so that we can have him back  home

We feel extremely blessed and thankful that God gave him this warning sign.  He had been experiencing chest pains a couple weeks ago but you know how easy it is to put things off and not think about the seriousness of them.  Looking back, I think of how tired he has been in the past weeks, even months.  We have been keeping busy and pretty active walking around, doing a lot so we just passed it off as being tired and of course age and being out of shape.  Now we know better to heed the warning signs in the future.

The good news is that if it is Coronary Artery Disease it is fixable.  His diet needs to change and depending on how much build up  there is will determine if he just needs medicine or a balloon inserted inside.

He has made good use out of his stay in the hospital so far-always the evangelist :)  The whole floor knows who he is and what he does-why he is here in Italy :)  The doctors and staff cannot believe he would leave beautiful San Diego for Padova!!  God so blessed him with a room that only has 2 beds.  This was a nice gift considering in Hungary there were 8 to a room and most of the rooms on his floor are 4-6 to a room.  He has me bringing in different things each day-his roommate went home yesterday and Jim gave him some audio tracts that Rob Nash gave him for evangelising.  The nurse came in the other morning and saw him reading his Bible and said "Bravo"!!!  She was so happy he was reading it :)  So, in the midst of all the scary stuff we see God's hand upon him and seeds being planted in places that we never would have thought of.

We appreciate so very much the outpour of love and prayers coming our way.  Please continue to write even if I don't respond immediately.  It really does bring joy to my heart and helps remind me that even though it feels so lonely at times, we are not alone.  I honestly cherish each message, email and fb post that you write. I feel like it is God's way of wrapping His arms around us and giving us hugs long distance.  I think I miss that a lot right now.  I know that if we were there we would get a lot of hugs and comfort :)  Some of you have written specific scriptures the Lord gave  you for us and even some have written from a devotional. Seriously, it makes me cry to know that God cares that much and uses the Body of Christ no matter how far away we are from one another to minister to us.  It's such a good reminder for us to be faithful and not to put off writing or sharing something if the Lord puts in on our hearts to do.  We never know what effect those words can have for someone.  I haven't slept more than 3-4 hours a night since Monday so exhaustion is setting in but God is faithful and step by step gives us the strength we need.  Your notes have truly given me strength and I pass it on to Jim every day.  He is so touched and thankful!

They are short staffed at the hospital so he gets to come home today for 24 hours.  This is a good sign meaning that he isn't considered an emergency any longer.  I will pick him up at 3pm today and then he goes back at 3pm tomorrow.  Pray I don't smother him and over-react at every little breath or sound that he makes :)

I will do my best to update as we know more.  Until then, cherish all that God has given you and never take anyone in your life for granted.  Life is precious and so are the people that the Lord has placed in our lives!

My Love