…I was going about my normal life when, all of a sudden, it felt like someone through a spear through my back. It was past 10:00 PM, and my wife Linda had already gone up to bed. I ran up the stairs, woke her up, and told her to call 911. In a matter of minutes, she was performing CPR on me.
It’s been a long ride since then:
- A 12-hour emergency surgery to replace my dissecting aorta.
- Four weeks in a medicated coma as I fought dying from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
- Many complications during this four-week coma, from issues associated with my lungs to issues associated with my colon.
- Waking up from the coma extremely confused and scared, but being comforted by Linda’s standing by my bed reading scriptures every day.
- Three weeks of recovery in the hospital as I could not get up vertically after so long on my back—both due to atrophy and due to dizziness and queasiness. My children visiting me, and drawing me pictures and writing me books.
- After being home for a month, my blood pressure spiked to over 200/100. I was life-flighted to the Cleveland Clinic where they discovered yet another aneurysm at the base of the aorta.
- A summer of lethargy as the medications to keep my heart-rate and blood pressure low until I was physically ready for another operation kept me on the couch with little energy.
- Another surgery in September, to redo the emergency surgery and to repair the new aneurysm and replace my aortic valve with a mechanical one. Great fear that I would not survive and would leave my wife and children.
- Recovery from that surgery and now trying to get back on track with my life.
Linda and I are amazed at what we have learned about the body of Christ through this. It is a testimony to his glory that you have interceded for us, sent loving words of encouragement to us, and practically helped in so many ways.
Thanks to everyone, both local and worldwide, for being the incarnation of Christ to us.
And thanks to God. Who would not let the evil one triumph over the needs of my three young children. It is a joy to love on them each and every day.