Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spiritual Sunday

I am deviating from my usual Sunday post to do an update on my husband, Dan.  He is scheduled for an angioplasty and stent on Monday after suffering a heart attack this past Tuesday.  He has 3 blocked arteries, 2 of which will be corrected.  The 3rd is an artery on the right side of the heart that is not in the usual place, is 100% blocked, and is unable to be corrected.  The consensus is that the damage has already been done from that artery and other arteries have taken up the slack, so they are not worried about correcting it.  What I wanted to share today is the miracles that occurred this past week.  I briefly mentioned these when I posted on Thursday.

First, the timing of the attack...on Monday, Dan had been at a beach cottage with a friend, 2 hours away from the nearest medical facility.  If it had occurred then, things would have been vastly different.

Second, when he told me of the chest pain, I had only been home from errands for 2 hours.  At first, he only mentioned chest pain, he thought from the bean burrito he had eaten for lunch.  It was only when he said the pain had gone down his arm that I became alarmed and we started for the doctor's office.  I wanted to take him to the hospital, but he thought the doctor could take care of whatever it was.  I got him in the car and we started out - the doctor's office is across the street from the hospital, so we were headed in the general direction.

Here is where what I am calling miracles starts.  I was being caught by a stoplight when I looked over at my husband and realized he was sweating profusely, even though it was quite cool in the car.  I glanced around to see if I could get around traffic, and noticed a police car stopped next to me.  (How many times have you asked the question, "Where are the police when we need them!?)  I honked my horn and motioned for him to lower his window.  He did, and I asked him to help me get to the hospital.  He asked why and I told him I thought my husband was having a heart attack.  He directed me to pull over so he could call an ambulance for me instead.  I was able to cut across traffic stopped at the light and pull into a parking lot.  He immediately followed, blue lights flashing.  His car was followed in very short order by 4 more police vehicles, all with blue lights flashing.  (Strange thoughts running through my head at that time...I thought - wow!  I look like a really, really bad criminal - needing 5 cars to apprehend me!)  Meanwhile, I stopped the car, got around to the passenger side and had the door opened for the officer to see Dan.  The officer asked him to tell him his name, which he did, and asked him how long he had been having the pain.  Imagine my chagrin when he said "since about noon" - since it was now 5 PM!

Just as the chaplain walked up, I looked out and saw the ambulance arriving - literally 2 minutes from the time I had pulled over!  The paramedics came and took over from there.  They did whatever it is that they do in the ambulance - hooked him up to EKG, started an IV, administered medicines, and then took off for the hospital.

I followed (at a safe distance, not speeding, as instructed by the officers!) and arrived at the hospital shortly after they had taken him back.  When I arrived in the room, they were viewing his EKG and making arrangements to draw blood.  The ER Doctor came in and said it looked like he just had some irregular heartbeat going on, and they were going to do a chest X-Ray and do the blood work, probably keep him overnight for observation.  Lab techs came in and drew blood, then he was taken to X-Ray.

He was brought back to the room and situated on the bed.  Everyone left the room, leaving me alone with him.  He was talking to me about the pain in his arm, when he suddenly grabbed his chest and started to convulse.  He fell back, I screamed for help, and everything began to happen in hyper-speed.  I was rushed out of the room, and they began to work on him.  I could hear them calling his name, trying to get a response, with no luck.  Someone (he says a guy with arms the size of tree trunks was jumping on his chest) started CPR, and they got him hooked to the paddles.  I heard the monitor emit the sound we have all heard on TV hundreds of times - the sound of a flat line - and heard them say "clear", and administer the shock.  The monitor still had the same sound - flat line - and I was unable to breathe.  I heard them say "clear" again, administer the shock, and thanks be to God, I heard a heartbeat!  A nurse stepped out of the room and gave me a thumbs up sign.

Shortly afterward, he had a cardiac catheter done, they found the blocked arteries, and on Monday, will have the surgery.  He was sitting up in a chair when I left him this afternoon (Saturday) and looking almost normal!

On Thursday, 2 of the paramedics who had been with him came to visit him in the ICU.  One told us why they had been able to get to us so quickly - they were headed toward me when they heard the call on the police scanner and responded before their dispatcher could even get the call out!  They were less than a mile away at the time.

We have had many visits from friends and family, and have shared our story with all of them.  Obviously God is not through with Dan yet - and though he is not completely out of the woods yet - we still have to get through the angioplasty and stents on Monday - I felt compelled to share the goodness of the God we serve.  Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.  I have been overwhelmed by the love and support from the blogging community.  I am proud and honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.  May God bless you richly!



I am linking to Spiritual Sundays.

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

this is just amazing, linda. so fortunate - the angels were swirling all around you both. :)

TexWisGirl said...

(and i do hope the rest of the procedures go through without even a worry!)

Red said...

Yes, you were extremely fortunate. I hope the rest goes just as well. Really awesome what they can do now. All the best to your husband.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I'm literally bawling!!! What a wonderful world...to have your loved one saved as it is...well, it's all so miraculous. I am holding you both in my arms and heart...And Linda...get some much needed rest.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Linda so glad for the update! I kept clicking over here to see if had time to let us know how your husband is doing. Scary situation but God was there helping you both. I am sure his stent procedure will go smooth, with everything else they did to me the stent procedure seemed a breeze. It was the keeping still after that drove me crazy! Still saying prayers and sending them to your husband and you. Both of you take care and I will be thinking of you both and praying tomorrow!

Rita said...

Your story has me in tears. Prayers for a speedy recovery are coming your way.

I have had experience with this procedure and been in a similar situation. I understand both how blessed and how stressed this time has been for you.

I have two brothers that are priest and I will add your husbands name to both of their alter prayer list. I will also beat the Tom-Tom's (so to speak) for all the pray warriors in my family and community.

Audrey Charles said...

God sometimes sends "angels" in the form of ordinary people like police and paramedics. I thank God that your husband is experiencing the healing power of Jesus.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thanks for keeping us informed Linda, was thinking about you over the weekend. Miracles do happen thank goodness! For all the bad wrap the police get, I think they do a fantastic job! Take care the both of you.

Jan n Jer said...

"Our God is an Awesome God" your are so right...God has other plans for Dan. Miracles are around us n this truely was one of them. Keep the faith for tomorrows procedure...technology is amazing and the Drs will fix your hubs up almost like brand new! Please keep us all posted!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

i am praying with you for ALL you & Dan need tomorrow ! and praising God for His evident supply in what has transpired this past week... God is Amazing us always as we walk out our journeys of faith. Thank you, Linda, for sharing His Presence with us here and the story details on your blog. EVERY Blessing on you and Dan!

Peace is with you & His loving arms about you as He carries you through.... Shalom!

Merana Leigh said...

Oh my goodness, what an unbelievable testimony YOU have. I am so thankful the Lord directed you to leave a comment on my post so that I could read this wonderful post, albeit scary! God indeed has something left to do through Dan. Who knows....perhaps your posting this with symptom descriptions, may help someone else in a dire situation as this. Will be praying for everything to turn out well. Please let us know! Look forward to following you now & welcome you to follow me as well. Hugs & love in Christ ~ Merana

Nancy said...

Oh, Linda -- you poor dears! I'm so happy that you kept a cool head and got him the help he needed. I'll be keeping your hubby in my thoughts and hope that he has a full recovery. xoxo

onespoiledcat said...

So glad to get a positive update on Dan....most assuredly God's hand was in the midst of this event and will stay with you both until Dan's home and recovering totally. Just amazing how everyone was in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time - although when you believe in the power of prayer anything is possible! May you two continue to be blessed.

Love, Pam (and Sam)

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh my goodness!!! what an amazing story!!!! every crisis we had brought me closer to God..
hope everything went well today.

NixBlog said...

Lucky in your unluckiness, Linda. I am hoping that all goes well without a hitch!

Charlotte said...

I love stories like this. Not that your husband had a heart attack, but that everything worked out so well. It's faith building every time I hear a story like this. Thank you for sharing it.
Prayers and blessings,
Charlotte