Christmas has come and gone and today we welcomed in the new year. As I have reflected on the Lord’s blessings to me this past year, the greatest one was His presence, strength and healing from my heart surgery. At Christmastime one of our children suggested that I do a final update on how I am have been since my heart surgery. I apologize for not writing sooner. My recovery has gone remarkably well and fast. A few weeks ago I met with my cardiologist who said the same. I have the Lord to thank for such healing and you all who prayed. It was humbling for me to think of so many coming before the Lord on my behalf. And to think many of you have continued to pray over these past months! Dave and I both thank you for your support through your comments made on this blog, the cards and letters sent but most of all for your prayers. We have felt your love. I have just started back to my parttime job at Curves and doing workouts once again. Thank you all again.
“On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted to us in answer to the prayers of many.” II Corinthians 1:10-11
It has been two weeks since surgery and I do feel like I am improving everyday. Today is better than yesterday.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my protion; therefore, I will wait for Him.” Lamentations 3:21-24
Waiting is difficult because I would love to just pick up where I left off when I was feeling healthy. I’m afraid a lot of what I was doing was just that… “doing”. So I am going to celebrate my time here at home. There are Bible studies I have wanted to do so I will enjoy my time here with the Lord. The Lord is my protion. He is what I need most at this time and has given me this experience to realize this once again.
Thank you, once again, for your encouraging emails and comments. They have greatly encouraged both Dave and me.
Hello Everyone- Thanks for your ongoing prayers. They have meant so much to us. I have been home five days and I am feeling great! Those who have stopped in think I’m looking great, too! That’s always a boost to the spirit.
Mostly I’m just resting downstairs and going upstairs at night. Dave set up a little bedroom in our great room downstairs with a comfyy bed by windows which look out back to our gardens. I especailly enjoy the sunflowers that are in bloom…both ours and our neighbors’. It’s also a great place for me to feel a part of the action and still get in my naps.
Kirsten arrived last Thursday and will be here until this Thursday. Matt came from Chicago on the bus last Friday and left to go back this morning. Tim and Sarah, the girls and Zach came over to visit which is always a celebration. It’s fun to have the family around. We just got off the phone with Aaron to hear that there is only four more weeks before baby #3 arrives for them. Hooray! That will be a dozen grandchildren for us.
I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow which is the first since my surgery. Please continue to pray for my strength and complete healing. We have been so encouraged by your emails, comments on this blog and cards.
I’m happy to tell you that Marsha came home yesterday (Wednesday). She has had remarkable progress in recovery at the hospital and now the next part of the journey to full health continues at home. We are grateful to God for providing the skills that Drs and nurses used to partner with him for her healing. We are grateful to you for praying and in other ways encouraging both of us over these past 5 days and over the longer period of 12 days since Marsha had the heart catheterization.
We are told to expect a 2-3 month recovery at home with increasing strength coming a little at a time. We have some helpers who will assist us for a few weeks. Kirsten will be here for the first part, (from 13-20th of September). We will have some home health care professionals visit to check on vital signs and make sure the incision heals well. She will have cardiac exercises to attend as well.
We put our hope in God. He is our refuge and deliverer. He continues to show us his goodness and his mighty power. He alone is our Saviour and our God.
May God’s peace settle on all of you. We’ll rejoice when God’s plans prevail.
Today is Sunday and marks day 3 of recovery. So far, Marsha is making great progress!
The last remaining tubes are scheduled to come out today, and she will hopefully go home on Wednesday.
Thank you so much for all your continued thoughts and prayers.
Grace and peace,
Marsha’s surgery is now complete. She’s in recovery and the report is good.
There are still a few more steps to take as she comes to, but the valve replacement was successful.
Now it’s on to recovery…
Thanks for all your prayers.
Thanks to all of you who have prayed with us this week. We have so appreciated your well wishes either on the blog or as you have sent them to us via email. I completed my pre-op today and was so thankful to the staff as they informed me of so much of what will happen tomorrow and the days to follow in ICU. Both Dave and I have had peace this week and know it is because of your prayers for us. Dave’s brother, Don, and his wife, Lucia, arrive from Minneapolis this evening to support Dave throughout this weekend. That is such a gift to him. Last week we were reading one of our favorite psalms, Psalm 34. Psm 34:7 says “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.” That is a precious promise. The next day a dear sister in the Lord called me to share that same verse with me. So we continue to go back to that verse and many other promises. We know that God is in control and sovereign over all. We are grateful for His faithfulness to us.
Greetings and welcome. We began this blog to update you on Marsha’s upcoming heart surgery. We’ll post updates and any prayer requests as new entries as they are current.
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Love, Dave and Marsha