Friday, December 12, 2008

The Results are In

Last week, I asked for prayer.

As many of you know, I've been on a journey for the last two months. On October 13, I had a heart attack. After a heart cath, balloon, and four days in the hospital, all has been well, for the most part.

My first doctor's visit was two weeks after my heart attack. Everything was normal, about as normal and boring as could be. The doctor next scheduled a stress test, to make certain everything was okay. Normal procedure. Standard procedure. Just checking.

Last week, I had that stress test. You know. Wear gym clothes, comfortable shoes, then get on a treadmill from hell? That stress test.

Fairly quickly, I knew everything wasn't quite normal. An irregular heartbeat. I knew that was coming. I had felt it. I had felt it for four weeks. So, no shock. And from what I had read, nothing out of the ordinary. It's almost expected. In many patients. I thought I would see the doctor that day, but was told, "No, you will have the results in a day or two."

Their mistake. I was supposed to see the doctor. The technician made a mistake.

Well, I waited 8 days for the results from the doctor. Not quite "a day or two."

I'm terrible at waiting. That's what I posted about, other than asking for prayer.

Today, I have the results.

Maybe I should have been more patient. Maybe I should have waited longer.

The results aren't terrible. Not as bad as they could be. But, something was "abnormal" in my stress test. Don't you love that word: abnormal. What does it mean? What does it remind you of?

It reminds me of the Young Dr. Frankenstein movie--the abby normal brain--remember that scene?

Now, something was found that is abnormal. And this time, I'm not laughing. Not crying either. But, not bouncing off the ceiling in joy. This time, it's my heart that is abby normal.

I find myself waiting again. Until Monday. At 8:00 AM, I return to the hospital for another heart cath. The doctor wants to see what's going on inside my heart. The best way is from the inside. A heart cath is the easiest way to do that. Beats a long incision from my neck to groan area, and another one on my leg.

The options of what the doctor might find are several: from a new clot to an enlarging of the one the doctor left behind. The doctor doesn't know. I don't know either. So, he waits. And, I wait. I have a feeling this isn't as much of a concern to the doctor as it is to me and my wife.

I'm not worried. I'm really not. I trust my doctor. I believe in the hospital that I will be admitted to. And, more importantly, I believe in my Heavenly Father who knows what is best for me.

I'll know more Monday afternoon. If everything goes well, I'll be home then. If it is a little more complicated, I'll be home Tuesday.

Either way, you know I'll post about it!

Thanks for reading.

Pray. I would appreciate that too. Tonya would appreciate it even more!


  1. So sorry dear man! Prayers continue for you/yours! As for "Abnormal".... there really is no such thing as normal. Just remember that.. Speaking as one who has always been considered "abnormal"..

    And remember too... docs only know what they think they do. They are not the Great Physician.

    Much love to you/yours!

  2. You know I got your back on this one.

  3. Steve,

    I will be praying for you and Tonya.

  4. Abnormal -- that is one sucky word.

    I'll be praying. I promise! I told you my FIL suffers from a serious heart condition. What I didn't tell you is that he does absolutely next to nothing to take care of himself and it breaks our hearts. On top of it he has Type 2 Diabetes. He also does nothing to care for that disease.

    Steve, I am telling you this because I want you to do whatever they tell you to do. If you don't you will hurt your family. Evan needs his daddy. Don't be careless and stupid. Alright?

    Good luck! Praying, praying!!


  5. Camey, Bill, Kevin, and Heidi,

    Thank you seems inadequate to express my appreciation and thankfulness for your prayers, support, and love. Bill, your words, "having my back...", you know, as strange as it seems, I know that! None of us have ever met--the closest will be when Kevin arrives in B'ham--but, I know you guys are there...wherever there is!

    Especially remember Tonya...this is a struggle for her...

    You see, on the same day that we learned of my problem, we also discovered that Evan will need tubes during Christmas. Seems like the full load hit us on the same day.

    Heidi, thanks for your words of wisdom. Trust me, I've followed every word from the doctor! Every word. If I didn't, Tonya would kill me anyway, so I don't have an option! :)

    Thank you dear friends...

  6. And thank you for what you said on my post today. Means more than you know... Well, now that you're facing your demon, maybe you actually do know what it means.

    Cyber XO to you, Tonya, and dear sweet Evan.


  7. Bro,

    You have my prayers. I'll add you to our church's list as well.

    Just trust Him!

  8. I'll be praying for you, Tonya, and Evan!

    We just met two of my bloggy freinds in person. I am thankful for their freindship as thats what we are...friends!

  9. Rick and Haf...

    Thank you! The prayers of fellow Christ followers will get us through!

    I appreciate you!

  10. May the Lord bless you and keep you
    May He make His face shine upon you
    May He lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.

  11. Thanks of my favorite benedictions of all time!

  12. Steve, piling on the prayers for your ticker, peace for the bride, and for the oto-tubes for Evan. The last is very common, but from experience, it's harder on the parents to have a procedure done on their babies.

    For you and the bride, Psalm 23.

    But don't let it ruin your weekend - give it to God, because you can do ALL things the Christ who strengthens us. :D

  13. Thanks favorite psalm! I'll try to walk beside the still waters...


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