While many of you already know this, Greg recently experienced a very serious health incident. The result could have been horrid but instead we are rejoicing in God’s provision, and so very thankful for all He’s done.
Apparently, it began a few months ago with some unrelated symptoms. Never at the same time. A little dizziness (in the past this was due to blood pressure medication), some minor shortness of breath (Greg had a cold), an ache in the back of the leg that went away the next day (Greg is 66—aches and pains are a part of life), a cough that had been with him over four weeks following a cold (we went to the doctor for this and she advised this could be quite normal as the lungs are irritated and the older we are the longer they take to heal). And finally, very high pulse and lower oxygen levels (these were the triggers to finally figuring out what was going on).
Had they been present at the same time, they would have easily led us to the actual diagnosis: extensive blood clots in one leg and both lungs. EXTENSIVE!
It was our wonderful doctor who put the pieces together and when she did, she sent us from her office to the hospital for leg and lung scans, after which Greg was immediately admitted.
An EKOS* procedure was done a few days later which was successful and the other day a follow-up ECHO of the heart was performed to be sure the heart strain is going away. We assume it is as his pulse, BP, and oxygen levels are all normal now. (*During catheter-assisted thrombolysis treatment, a catheter is guided through blood vessels to the location of the blood clot. The catheter will deliver special clot dissolving medicine called thrombolytics to help dissolve the clot. This new device, called Ekos, will also deliver simultaneously ultrasound energy to mechanically dislodge and loosen up the clot to enable lower and safer doses of the thrombolytic drugs to be used.)
Greg has been home for nearly two weeks and the recovery will be slow. Though he feels okay and has no restrictions, his breathing is impaired for now, especially in the Florida heat. And his body is weak and energy level low. The cough remains due to lung irritation but seems to get a little better every day. We understand it may take months to feel “normal” but that is no big deal.
My man is going to be fine and God has been merciful to us. We feel blessed to have such a wonderful, caring doctor, too. She was surely God’s instrument in catching this before it got even worse. The statistics are not very good for people getting the help they need in time for treatment. Many don’t even make it to the hospital.
All of this is a powerful reminder that life is fragile and things can change very quickly. We need to learn to not take our health for granted. We also need to learn to take care of our bodies and to be more aware when things are not quite right. We should have been more proactive. We will be in the future.
Over and over we found God’s presence to be our lifeline. We had great peace and felt completely taken care of by Him. Joshua 1:9 reminds us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
So today, as I began, I sign off with the following:
Mimi and Greg…so very thankful!