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Robin is Home; Update and Timeline

Health Timeline

  • July 6, 2007 Open Heart Surgery: Robin had open heart surgery (CABG coronary artery bypass graft). The problem was a major blockage in her left main artery.
  • July 21, 2007 Back in the Hospital: Complications developed and Robin treated for fluid in her lungs, fluid in the heart lining.
  • March 2008 Back in the Hospital: second heart surgery.
  • May – June 2008 – Weekly iron infusions.
  • July 20008 – Hemorrhage and hospital stay
  • August- November 2008 –  Weekly iron infusions.
  • December 2008 Diagnosed with Crohns Disease, bleeding ulcers Another blood transfusion.
  • January 2009 – Hemorrhage and hospital stay
  • February 2009 New doctor said not Crohns.
  • March 2009 – Hemorrhage and another blood transfusion.
  • April 2009– Weekly iron infusions. Allergic reactions.

From Robin

heart guard

My new life verse is Guard Your Heart.

Read an object lesson or analogy about my open heart surgery.

I know God has a plan in this and I’m excited to see where this all leads. The Bible studies I have been in the last few months have been amazingly perfect for this type situation. It’s been as if God has been building my trust in Him for several months in order to trust Him in this weakness. I feel perfect peace. I feel blessed to have news that forces me to put priorities in order.

The most significant impact for me is my energy level, or lack of energy. We have to make several adjustments in our family and business schedules. Some days I can cook dinner, some days I can’t. Most days I try to cook sitting down. Walking across a room is exhausting. I clean my home and teach when I have a few minutes of energy. I’m unable to care for my horses. I can sit at a computer and write but not nearly as much as I have in the past. On a good day, I only take one nap. I can only compare it to the exhaustion you feel in early anemic pregnancy (with more shortness of breath) where you constantly crave sleep.

What About Heart of Wisdom?

God has provided! Heart of Wisdom has been in transition for many months Over the last year Ronnie (my husband) Peggy (my right hand person) and others have been diligently planning and working on ways for HOW to run without me (or at least a lot less of me). Praise God HOW is now at the point where administration is taken care of, orders are filled, etc. without much time from me.

Heart of Wisdom is (and I hope always will be) directly in God’s hands. You should not see any major changes, things will continue to run as they are now. I will continue to contribute to fulfill obligations , write the blog and answer emails. The new homeschool blogs, the new site, and the coming lesson bank are my ways to prepare homeschoolers to work together with less time from me.

I’m working on a new blog directed at teaching lesson planning (to teach you to fish, instead of giving you a fish). The lesson bank vision will help everyone who willing to contribute (with alternatives to those who cannot contribute). Watch my blog (or subscribe) for more on the lesson bank in the coming months.

This diagnosis viewed in perspective with my husband Ronnie’s second heart attack two months ago has forced us to put ourselves first in order to care for others. We both continue to receive on-going out-patient treatment to help manage our day-to-day activities. We too are continuing further tests to facilitate our medical diagnosis and prognosis. In short, we are both medically “booked” for next month. Please pray for wisdom and correct medical treatment for both of us. Pray for our for health and for the wisdom for the many, many decisions we need to make. Pray only God’s will be done.

I am spending a lot of time in prayer and Bible study requesting direction. I will continue work on my priorities in order: my spiritual walk, my husband, my children, my grandchildren, our family’s health and nutrition, and encouraging homeschoolers.

Rejoice with me, watch to see the work God is doing. I’ll post updates on this blog under Robin’s Health. Thank you for your prayers.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
-James 1:2-5


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18 comments

  1. praying for your continued recovery Robin. We need you, so take good care and rest.. rest in HIM.

  2. Hi Robin,

    I’m so thankful to hear you’re home again and that you’re clinging to God the way He desires His people to depend solely on Him! Just see His GLORY — “be still and know that I AM!” I’ve said it before, you are the greatest prayer warrior I know. In the present condition, it’s difficult to put on the whole armor, especially when your hands are tied behind your back in some ways, but He knows your every need and your heart. We’re here to hold up your hands for you!

    In His love,
    Marty

  3. Robin–
    I’m the person who wrote you about my open heart surgery when you first came home. First of all, I can idenitfy with what you’re going through! Being back in the hospital is scary and discouraging.

    I had some fluid build-up too. What I did was to put a firm pillow against my chest when I felt that “rattle” and knew I was going to have to cough. Coughing hurts, I know. Then determine that you’re going to make yourself cough on the count of 3. Then count and when you reach 3, hug the pillow TIGHT and cough up the fluid/gunk.

    I still have PVCs too. They ARE scary! And it doesn’t help that just after heart surgery you’re paranoid about everything. Been there, done that! When you feel them, just close your eyes, try to relax, and PRAY! Try to breathe evenly and don’t panic! I know, easier said than done, right?

    I did cardiac rehab afterwards too. It was very difficult at first, then I began to look forward to it. It really helps! You’ll see progress every week and you’ll feel better also.

    Remember to take it easy, and be easy on yourself. I’ll continue to pray. Remember that if you need to talk with someone who’s been there, feel free to email me!

    Dana

  4. Thanks for keeping us posted about Robin’s condition and recuperation. Prayers continuing!

  5. Hi Robin-
    Know that we are praying for you and love you.
    I pray for a complete healing in God’s perfect timing for you and encouragement and joy for you and each of your children and your husband. I also pray that you have time and peace in your home to rest so that your recovery goes well.
    Blessings My Dear,
    Jacque

  6. God bless you Robin, and your lovely family while you are recovering. I continue to pray for you.

    Anna-Marie

  7. Dear Robin,
    I’m continuing to uphold you before The Father. You will keep your eyes firmly on Him…just rest and relax in Him.

    I’m also praying for Ronnie and all of your children.

    Love,
    Susan

  8. I am praying for a full recovery for you Robin. Also for strength for Ronnie and the kids during this time.

    God bless you dear…

  9. Hi Robin, I’m on my own faith and healing journey and wanted to share a website (MooreLifeNow.org) with you that has 20 different teachings on “God’s Will to Heal” by Rev. Keith Moore. Every time we “hear/listen” to God’s Word, we are taking another dose of God’s medicine that is life and health to ALL of our flesh (with no negative side effects). Rev. Moore says that IF we take enough of God’s Word for long enough it will heal us. It is God’s will for everyone to be healed of every sickness every time. He is Jehovah-Rapha the Lord that healeth me. Also Gloria Copeland has many healing school teaching services on kcm.org. God loves us SO MUCH. He is so good and His medicine never fails. He is Jehovah-Shalom, our Peace (nothing missing and nothing broken)and He has given us a covenant to deliver us (from every demonic attack. As you continue to take God’s medicine, He will cause you Robin to triumph in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!

  10. Robin:

    Lifting you and your famlly up in prayer as God wraps his healing arms around you.

    God bless,
    Michelle

  11. Dearest Robin,
    Just letting you know that you are still in my prayers.

    Love and hugs,
    Susan

  12. Robin,
    My prayers are with you. I had open heart surgery at 38 years old. I know this is hard now, but it does get better. Recovering from heart surgery is not easy. But it made me more empathetic towards others. It made me see how quick things can change, and that there are no guarantees. You are going to get through this, and you will be a stronger believer because of it.

  13. She is prayed for by many. Her journey may end on Earth, but she will continue forever. She knows this and should be at peace.

  14. Joy Marie

    Dear Robin, I’m new here – just started Adam to Messiah. I’ve never been so excited about school. Thank you. Your Heart/God’s Spirit letter was for me, too. I’m sorry you had to go through this to help me, but now, in the mighty name of Jesus the Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Faithful and True, be well, kind sister. Love, Joy 🙂

  15. ETLady

    I know what you are going through because I went through about the same thing. I wrote you before about having open heart surgery, but I’m not Dana, I’m Kelly. The heart does not like having oxygen on it, it reacts funny sometimes. So open heart surgery does pose it’s problems. Luckily enough most or all of the problems go away in a short time. I know it is scary. This time will bring you to a deeper faith. With that deeper faith don’t forget at our spiritual high’s comes our adversary. You will do just fine by praying, and continue to study the bible, or listen to tapes. This will make you stronger in the long run. So don’t let this get you down girl. God isn’t done with you yet, not by a long shot!

  16. Dearest Robin,

    Our Heavenly Father tells us in Exodus 15:26: “I am the Lord who heals you.” Jehovah-rapha is His name. I am believing Jehovah-rapha for your full restoration and wholeness.

    In Jesus’s name.

    Sally in CA

  17. Dear Robin,
    My partner had mini mitro valve surgery yesterday with complications. He ended up with open heart surgery needing a double bypass, with extensive bleeding.
    I need someone to pray with, to talk to.
    Kathy

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