Monthly Archives: January 2009

My Beaded Necklace

I heard a story once about a little girl who had a strand of cheap, plastic beads.  She loved those beads and wore them every day.  

One night, as her father was tucking her in bed, he said to her, “Sweetie, give me your beaded necklace.”  

Her lower lip quivered, and she shook her head.  “But, Daddy, why?” Continue reading

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False Alarm . . . sort of

So during the heart catheterization yesterday, the cardiologist was shocked to find clean arteries.  I think my husband said his words were,  “What is this? A false alarm?”  

The doctor said he was absolutely certain he would find a seriously-blocked artery and would be sending my husband in for by-pass surgery.  We are so thrilled that did not happen!  

But the heart cath was not all for naught.  The cardiologist did find some heart damage consistent with a small heart attack.  He has diagnosed my husband with small vessel disease and has begun treatment for that.  And he following up with many more tests to figure out some other concerns he has.  

I’ll probably blog more later about our thoughts and emotions on all of this.  Today, I’ll stick with the facts — just the facts, ma’am.  

So — false alarm on the blocked arteries, but some real heart damage and some narrowing of the small vessels and some irregular heartbeats, etc.  We’re hoping to know what’s going on and what to expect by the end of February. 

Thanks for all your prayers.

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Don’t have a coronary . . .

That’s what my husband’s cardiologist said before he told him he has coronary disease.  Funny guys, those cardiologists.  

So began 2009.  My thin 38 year old husband has heart disease.  He’s had type-1 diabetes for 25 years, and we are finally seeing some not-so-pleasant results of its wear-and-tear on his body.  

After my husband didn’t last for 10 minutes on the treadmill at today’s stress test, the cardiologist scheduled a heart catheterization for Friday.  And today, the cardiologist didn’t crack any jokes; he was as serious as a heart attack.  🙂

If you think of us, please pray for us.  This has caught us quite by surprise.

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Letting My Disappointment Clear The Air

Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air.

-Friedrich Von Schiller

Do you ever feel disappointed in people?  Has someone ever really let you down?  Is that statement true?  Do our disappointments clear the air, clean things up so we can see again?

In recent weeks, I’ve been disappointed.  Some people we know have made some big mistakes.  They’ve hurt their families; they’ve ruined their reputations; they’ve lost their ministries.  It has been discouraging.  Disappointing.   Continue reading

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Dreaming Dreams for 2009

C. S. Lewis wrote, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  

I’m not a big fan of making New Year’s Resolutions.  Perhaps that is because I don’t always have the best follow-through.  I suspect I’m not alone.  

But I do like to dream dreams.   Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Yesterday we sat around the dinner table talking about our memories from 2008.  In many ways, I think the past year has been difficult for our family; however, as the children blurted out their memories, one after the other, I was struck by how many fun and positive and joyful memories we do have from 2008.  

Visits from friends and family, days spent at the zoo, swimming in the pool, bouncing in inflatable rooms. Continue reading

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