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!