Wow! By the grace of God I made it to 65! If you don’t know my medical history since 2010, you won’t realize just what a big deal this is! By all rights I should have died 3 times now! In March of 2014 when I had my first Ventricular Tachycardia heart attack, and I sat here in my kitchen for an hour before I called 911, my heart rate had climbed to 284 ( I had to look it up because I had forgotten just how fast it was! ) Near death experience number 1
Then in July I had an encore performance, only I knew what was going on this time so I got on the phone right away! They did a Heart Catheterization a $100,000 procedure and found some “irregularities” in English that means there was damage to my heart. So they decided to install an I.C.D. ( Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and another $100,000 procedure ) a device that is implanted in my chest right next to my left shoulder. They told me that should it “fire” it would cause me to black out because depending upon the severity of the problem causing the shock, it delivers anywhere from 300 volts/joules to 800 volts/joules of an electrical shock directly to my heart to kick it back into normal rhythm!
February 25, 2015 I found out just what they were talking about! I felt strange and I got up to head into the bathroom because I thought I was gonna hurl. I never made it to the can! I came to sitting on the floor in front of my fridge wondering who or what hit me! My whole body was tingling! I took a good 20 minutes before I could muster enough strength to get up and park my butt in the chair I use in the kitchen. I thought I had been kicked by a horse! It then dawned on me that the I.C.D. had fired! Called 911, I spent 2 and a half weeks in Banner Heart hospital while they did a very complete cardiac workup! Off to the Heart Lab again for a Cardiac Ablation! yet another $100,000 procedure! This time they ran a laser up into my heart and literally fried 4 spots that they said were causing the irregular arrhythmias. Near death experience number 2!
Then came October 2016. The closest I have have come to checking out of my earth orbit, and checking in with Jesus! I had some nasty Venous Stasis ulcers on my legs and spent time in the hospital in August and again in September. Well on this day in early October I was feeling really bad, and I was having a hard time breathing, and my whole body was shaking! I put a post on Facebook asking if one of my local friends could bring dinner to me! Anybody that knows me knows how much I love to cook, so for me to ask for someone to bring dinner to me , I have to be in pretty sad shape! My great friend Jon came to my rescue with a Chipotle burrito. Well the look on his face when he came through my door went from smiley to one of those GOOD LORD!!!! looks and he kept asking me if I was gonna be OK and I should seek medical attention! I finally convinced him that I was gonna be OK, and he left. I would later find out that he went home and told his wife that I looked like heck and he was really worried. I ate my burro and sat here like a lump and about an hour and a half later all hell broke loose! I started coughing violently and I could not get a breath after! I was already on 2 liters of O2 24 hours a day and I had the cannula in my nose, but I was not getting any oxygen in my lungs at all! I went in the bed room and put my full face CPAP mask on cranked the unit all the way up and turned it on! I dialed 911 on my phone and just set it on the bed next to me, When you don’t speak to the 911 operator after making a call they assume you are incapable of doing so and they send out the cavalry! I had paramedics, cops, ambulance E.M.T.S 3 French hens, 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a pear tree, swoop down on this little trailer like a swarm of locusts! Off to Banner Gateway for a no expenses paid 3 week stay in their facility the 1st 10 days I was in I.C.U. with a nurse in my room round the clock for the first 72 hours! Double pneumonia! Involving not only my lungs but my bronchial tubes as well and just to cap things off, as they were preparing to move me to a room on the same floor! I had a heart attack. This one was a double afib! So they just pushed my bed right back into the I.C.U. room I had been in!
I have been Christian for more than 30 years now and I will type up my testimony and post it here SOON! Needless to say each day when I get out of bed I praise and thank Jesus for another day! I never thought I would get here! My birthday was officially yesterday January 30, so I now have as of today 23,742 days under my belt! THANK YOU JESUS! I’m gonna borrow some scripture passages that my friend Jon’s wife uses to close her correspondence, then I’m gonna add 3 of my favorites! But first I must do my due diligence! Friends, I encourage you to form a PERSONAL relationship with Christ if you haven’t already!
For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS our Lord. Romans 6:23
So if you died right now without knowing the Lord you would be E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y separated from God in hell! ETERNALLY!! NEVER ending damnation! It is SOOO easy to fix that problem!!
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
That’s all there is to it! You CAN’T EARN IT!
For it is by GRACE you have been saved, THROUGH FAITH—and this is not from yourselves, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD— NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Get to know Jesus, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
“Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” 1 Peter 4:19
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
Love in Christ,