Though this will be a shorter than normal writing, we did want to explain our absence of the past 2 wks.
Some of you are aware of the reason 'why', but we heard from several readers who were wondering why Travis had missed writing articles for his website for 2 wks.
I'm going to share briefly 'what' happened, then Travis has asked me to share even more in the coming weeks.
There were SO MANY 'Godly Coincidences' that need to be shared....
things that ONLY God could do and things that I want to give Him the Glory for!
I woke up around midnight Feb. 17th with a stomach bug which finally eased somewhat around noon on Sunday.
But I became weaker and weaker, then began having severe pains in my chest and back.
Our first inclination was to drive the 15 miles to Purcell, Okla. where our family Dr. is located, knowing that I would be able to get into their ER quicker than if we went to the ER here in Norman. When Travis called Kristin in Texas, she (as well as our son Kevin) urged Travis to call 911 which he did.
The medics first thought that it was 'just the stomach bug', but within minutes I could tell that they were moving into a 'frantic mode'.
The normal route to Norman Hospital from our home was closed for repairs, so I remember fading in and out and seeing the tops of buildings on the University of Oklahoma campus. Had it been a school day, it would have been much more difficult to get through those narrow streets!!! Another 'God Thing' was happening~
After 6 hrs. in the ER they were still having difficulty getting my heart under control and in spite of 4 bags of fluid, my kidneys were not cooperating. I was transferred to the Cardiac Care ICU after they determined that I was having a heart attack brought on by severe dehydration! I was in the Cardiac Care Unit for the next 8 days!
We were told by several in the ER that had we tried to make it to the Purcell ER....
I would not have made it.
That has been a VERY sobering thought~ 'Once again God was protecting me!'
The heart cath showed that I had 100% blockage in one large vessel and 50% blockage in another, but......it also showed that God had graciously granted me more time as He grew 2 little bypasses!
As we looked at the picture of those, they are in the shape of a Cross!
THOSE saved my life sometime ago and I was not even aware of it!!!
The Heart Specialist is the same wonderful, caring Dr. who put Travis' stent in yrs. ago! He said that a stent would not hold in my situation, but feels that with medication...
(and some new guidelines), I can recover from this attack.
Many times during those 8 days, I laid there thinking about my precious Dad who suffered a heart attack in 1981 (the only one he nor we ever knew he had) and he died within 2 hrs. in the very hospital where I was. The Dr. told Mom later that she needed to inform us kids that Dad had a 'diseased heart' and that it can be hereditary. I laid there thinking how Dad was 73 yrs. of age when he died (I'm 74) and I WISHED that we could have had more time with that Godly man!
But also praising God that He allowed Dad to be with us as long as he was!
Due to a respiratory bug that I picked up somewhere along the way, I'm having a little difficulty gaining strength, so as I said, this writing will be short. When I began running fever this a.m. I called and the Dr. didn't even want me coming to his office as he said that pneumonia and the flu is so rampant here, so he called in an antibiotic. Travis raced to the Pharmacy and I began that medication at noon today.
While I was in the hospital, my sister brought me a little suitcase filled with writing pads, pens and pencils.....
so I documented everything I could as there were SO many 'God Things'.
As they say in Hawaii, it gave me 'chicken skin' (goose bumps) as I witnessed all of the Godly Signs that He was giving me!
For many years I have felt led to document how God has 'Guided and Provided' for our family and I have notes that I've written throughout the years. While in ICU, I promised my Lord that I would testify about His goodness to us so that our family (and future generations) will KNOW and give Him the Honor and Glory for all of it! (Psalm 107)
Our daughter Kristin was so good to send out updates to those of you on our mailing list, but evidently there are many who are NOT on the mailing list, who go to Travis' website. They wrote, wondering 'why' he missed 2 weeks....after faithfully writing 174 straight weeks without missing (except for the week of the terrible Ice Storm when we were without electricity).
As you can imagine, this heart attack has taken a toll on Travis as well, so would appreciate your prayers as we seek to gain strength and be able to 'get back in the groove' again concerning Travis being able to share the thoughts that God gives him. Please be lifting Travis up in prayer as he begins to seek what God would have him share with you next week.
We subscribe to a devotional site Heartlight by Phil Ware which sends us a Daily Verse which I normally forward on to our family.
The verse for today 'blew me away' :)
This is the note I sent to our family this a.m.~
When I read this I tho't:
"WOW! There couldn't have been a more meaningful Verse...for me!!
Especially since I promised God that I would begin writing about 'How He Has Guided and Provided'....for our family...and for His Glory!"
March 5, 2008
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,
when you lie down and when you get up.
Thoughts on today's verse:
Each day we are to begin with God.
Each breath we take is a powerful reminder that He has granted us another day of life....
to serve Him.
Each heartbeat is God's drumbeat of love...
reminding us that we are blessed with another minute to offer Him our best.
This blessing is so easily forgotten.
We best remember when:
we teach it...show it...and live it with (and before) our children.
Almighty God, Gracious Sustainer, and Undeserved Friend, thank You!
Thank You for this breath I take and for the heartbeat that sustains my life.
Make me aware as I travel....talk....rest....and work....that You are there...
and are worthy of my intentional best.
Through Jesus, my gracious Sacrifice I pray. Amen.
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