Thank you all for your prayers. God is good. The complications from heart surgery have me on complete bed rest for several weeks. I’m thinking of this time as my 40 days in the desert resting in Him! I pray as God heals my physical heart He will create a right spirit in me and prepare me to serve Him.
Like most mothers, I am not used to bed rest. This is a new experience for me. I have never been unable to do for myself for a length of time, but sometimes we need to lean on others.
My daughter, Rebecca and her five children are here taking care of me (and Ronnie, my youngest children, and the horses). It’s been a real blessing to have my grandchildren here. Rebecca is a wonderful cook so I’m enjoying gourmet meals! (Another good reason to have a full quiver.) They have been here a week and will stay until Monday. Some dear friends have offered to help after they leave to come by to help out. I am so blessed with loving and giving family and friends.
I can’t read well because I can’t get comfortable enough to hold a book (they removed a vein from my arm for my heart). But I can listen to the Bible on tape and audio sermons. It’s been a refreshing and encouraging time. I’m studying sanctification and listening to several encouraging missionary stories. A dear friend sent me a great sermon series on Israel from South Haven Baptist in TN along with a quilt to cuddle in as I listen!
In case you missed the news, or if you are new here, on July 6 I had open heart coronary bypass graft (I’m including this link to a video because it is such a fascinating procedure). I was recuperating very well but then I developed Pericarditis (inflammation of the heart lining) and went back into the hospital for a few days. The Pericarditis causes constant sharp chest, shoulder, and back pain that can only be relieved by anti-inflammatory medication which I cannot take (stomach bleeding issues). I should heal in 2-3 weeks. I’m on a home care nursing plan where a nurse comes to our home. My blood pressure runs very low (about 80 over 40) so they are keeping a close watch on my vitals. The bigeminy (erratic heart beats) are very frustrating but I’m almost getting used to them.
Those of you needing help with the Blog or who are awaiting email responses – thank you for your patience. I will not be back to work even part-time for several weeks.
The Lesson Plan Bank is under development, without me, and it’s coming along beautifully. Thankfully, I wrote the design and plans before the surgery so the the I.T. team has been working on it for some time. When I get back to work I’ll fill you in on the exciting details.
I’d appreciate your continued prayers for our family as I recover.