Several people have asked how I am doing, so I thought I’d write a health update. I did have my cardiac catheter ablation. It took awhile, but once I fully recovered I had a couple of weeks of feeling great. Then I went back to having some irregular heartbeats (ventricular tachycardia and premature ventricular contractions). It hasn’t been as often and I am definitely better than I was before, but I still face some days with fatigue.
Recently a troubling symptom is increasing. I am having times when I randomly start blacking out. Once I was even driving when my vision started to fade. Thankfully I was at a red light! It has happened 3 other times sense then. I asked my cardiologist if I can just ignore this symptom and move on and he said, no this is a serious symptom and we need to figure out why. We aren’t sure if it is a blood pressure problem or a heart problem. If it is a heart problem, there is a chance it could be very serious, or a small chance it could even be life threatening.
For now, the doctor has advised me not to drive. This does put a limit on things. Tsukuba, Japan, unlike Tokyo, is an area where most people rely on cars and the public transportation is not as great. I also have just purchased a new heart monitor per my doctor’s request. I carry it with my 24 hrs. a day. We are hoping that I can catch one of these fainting episodes on the monitor so we can determine if it is heart related or some sort of a blood pressure problem. If I cannot get this to work I will have to have a cardiac loop recorder implanted into my chest. It’s basically like being cut open and having a flash drive sized device shoved under your skin. I’m hoping that this portable heart monitor works and I don’t ever need the implantable one! I’m also hoping we can just figure this out.
The other day I was feeling kind of discouraged. I felt like the lowliest little missionary. But then God reminded me: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:25-31 There is hope for me yet. I may not be able to do much for God on my on strength, but with his strength I go on. God can use anyone, even someone like me! What a great God I serve!
So I am still here. I’m doing the ordinary things like trying to keep the house clean and the family fed. I’m homeschooling two kids. I am helping Chris with the church he is pastoring, teaching Children’s church, and helping with our Chi Alpha campus ministry.
Thank you so much to the many people that are praying for me. God is at work. He may not have healed me yet, but he is still working in me! I appreciate your continued prayers as we try to figure out this new blacking out thing. Thanks again!