Monday, May 17, 2021

And the Beat Goes On

 


Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. ~Psalm 51:10

Last March, as my regular readers know, my husband, Danny, experiences a shock from his pacemaker while working out on the treadmill.  He ends up in the hospital for several days, and his doctor prescribes medication to address his heart's sudden fibrillation.  The downside?  The potential side effects of this drug look worse than those associated with chemo.  Red flags, anyone?

The doctor schedules an MRI for May 11th.  He has hopes that through a process known as catheter ablation, he can return Danny's heart to as normal as it can be.  For those of you unfamiliar with this surgery, according to Get Smart About AFIB, "Catheter ablation is a procedure to restore the heart's incorrect electric signals which cause an abnormal heart rhythm."

Once this procedure is complete, Danny can get off those dangerous meds, and be well on his way to living his days in a healthy and hopeful way.  He is scheduled to be operated on this coming Thursday.  That being said, your prayers are so very appreciated for the doctors and nurses who will be performing the surgery, and caring for Danny post-op.  He will probably be kept overnight for observation, and should be able to come home on Friday.  Pray for that, too!

So, friends, there won't be the usual blog post from me this Friday, though I will attempt to give you and update either late Friday/early Saturday on Danny's status.  With your prayers, the outcome will be the best!

I'm so thankful for the giant leaps and bounds we have made in medical technology that allow people like Danny to be physically given a clean heart, free of the scar tissue and memories of the organ's past failures.

But only God can create our clean spiritual hearts, and renew steadfast spirits within us.  When our hearts are weary, scarred, worn, and torn, let us turn to the Lord in prayer for healing, renewal and strength.

If we do that, our hearts are sure to beat strongly, on and on and on!

Amen!

49 comments:

  1. Rest assured, I am praying right now, and again and again.

    God bless.

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  2. it goes without saying that I will be praying for Danny and you! I am praying for good results but also Danny's protection throughout the whole procedure.

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  3. Praying for you both, Martha!

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  4. Praying right now -- both for y'all and Danny's surgeons! 💜

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  5. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Will be close to you, literally and in thoughts on Thursday.
    Prayers always do work. Yes, medication often comes at a high price due to nasty side affects.
    Hope you can be looking forward to a good weekend, with a new start and new HOPE.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thanks so much, Mariette. Yes, I'm a firm believer in the awesome power of prayer.
      Love and blessings!

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    2. Hoping that things went well for Danny and for you as well... Big all around hugs. Our trip to Atlanta yesterday was very smooth; no traffic jam for me, being the sole driver. But the other side was standing still on both trips going and returning. Feeling sad for all our truck drivers that haul our food and everything else, including meds, for our daily need and facing awful traffic every single day. Lots of admiration for them; however they seldom get any mention...

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  6. Sending hugs and prayers for Danny, you, and all involved in his surgery and care!

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  7. Will definitely be praying for Danny and his doctors and nurses and YOU! We know that God is with him, and we need not be afraid. Please keep your eyes on Jesus...He will carry you both through this. (((hugs))) for both of you.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela! I will certainly keep my eyes on Jesus throughout.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Thank you all so much for the prayers as I move into this surgery.

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  9. Lord Jesus, You are the Great Physician. We look to you to guide the hands of all medical staff before, during, and after Danny's procedure. Place your angels to watch over him. We pray the peace that surpasses all understanding to guard Danny and Martha's hearts. We ask for complete healing and quick recovery in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
    Much love to you and Danny, dear Martha <3

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    1. Oh, Beckie, I can't thank you enough for this powerful prayer! The Lord is the great physician, and He will tend to you just as He is tending to Danny. We are both feeling the power of righteous prayer, and it is giving us the courage and fortitude to go forward into the unknown with faith and assurance. May our Lord give you the same, dear one!
      Love and blessings!

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    2. Beckie, for you to take this moment in your time of great need to pray for me is indescribable as God is Indescribable. May we both pass thru our challenges with Him by our side the God of Angel Armies. Thank you.

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    3. Finding the strength to pray for others when we are in jeopardy is a testament of God's great love for us.

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  10. I just now prayed for you and Danny. I prayed for complete healing for Danny and energy, stamina and perseverance for you. With God’s power covering you two, you will come through this like champs. Blessings and love. 😊❤️

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    1. Only with God's help, and with prayers from loving people like you, Nells! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and positive thoughts.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Praying for all to go well with Danny! Yes, I am so thankful to live in an age where the doctors can do such things, even though I can't understand it at all.

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    1. No, we can't understand all the med terms, Lisa, but we can never stop being grateful for what has been learned and can now be successfully executed in the operating room. Thanks so much for your prayers for Danny!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Please know we'll be praying. Can't wait to hear in Friday's post that everything is good! God's blessings dear friends.

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    1. I'm trusting in God that it will be good news, J.D. Thank you so much for your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Count on my prayers, Martha, for you and the medical team and, of course, for your dear Danny's complete healing!! Thanks for keeping us posted as you can!

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    1. I will definitely keep you posted, Terri. I can't thank you enough for your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Martha, thanks for the update on Danny and his surgery procedure tomorrow. I am praying fervantly over him and you.

    And love the analogy to our spiritual hearts beating on and on when the Lord gives us a renewed and clean heart!

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    1. We are so grateful for your prayers, Karen! I will definitely try to keep everyone updated once all is complete. Glad the analogy spoke to your heart.
      Love and blessings!

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    1. Yes, Regine, may God's will be done.
      Love and blessings!

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  16. Praying, may our Father God watch over all aspects. His grace is sufficient.

    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, esp Danny, prayer hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  17. I am sending prayers for Danny, Martha. Thank you for letting us know what is happening. May his heart beat strongly on and on, as I know he trusts in the Lord.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie! I'll have some good news tomorrow.
      Love and blessings!

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  18. I'm right there with you in spirit and prayer, Martha. May you and Danny experience the Spirit's peaceful presence as you move through this week.

    He is able.

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    1. Yes, God is able, Linda, and we have put our trust in Him. He has certainly come through for Danny! More about that later. Thanks for your prayers!
      Love and blessings!

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  19. Praying Danny's recovery goes well and looking forward to an update after the surgery.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I just posted the update.
      Love and blessings!

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  20. Boa tarde meus queridos amigos. Passando para desejar um excelente final de semana.

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  21. you have been and continue in my prayers!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jean! Danny is home now; I just posted an update yesterday afternoon. Thanks be to God!
      Love and blessings!

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