Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Back on the List

Dick is back on the 1A list!  The 1A list is the highest position, the top of the list.  People on this list are the first ones who receive hearts; his chances now are very high to receive a heart soon.  It could have been fatal for Dick had he not been approved.  The heart valve that is leaking is usually operated on, but in Dick's case that is not anything doctors will do.  The right ventricle failure could be temporarily corrected with another Vad (heart pump) implanted into his right ventricle, but Dick will not undergo that major surgery again, so the only option we have is to get the heart.
Please keep him in your prayers.  I'll let you know.....

Monday, June 13, 2011

Prayerfully Back on the 1A List

The other day, I wrote these words to one of our nearest and dearest friends, "I pray for a heart, but unfortunately I can't go get one for him; I pray for strength for him, but he still is exhausted...  his anxiety gets so high at times, yet there is nothing I can do or say to lessen it.  Try as I will, I'm in a place where all I can do is wait upon God, rest in him and trust that He is working out things for the good." 
Today is Monday the 13th of June and Dick and Richard, our son,  left at 5:00 AM this morning for Minneapolis to see Dick's cardiologist.  Around noon I received a call from Richard telling me that they had arrived safely and that Dr. Masri, Dick's cardiologist, is going before the board tomorrow recommending that Dick be placed back on the 1A list. The reason why he is so exhausted is because his left ventricle is leaking and his right ventricle is failing; with the failed left ventricle running only by the heart pump and the right one quickly failing, it is time for the transplant team to get serious about finding Dick a new heart.  At this point I doubt if they would give him a right vad so the prayer request is for the perfect heart to come quickly.  Like I said to our friend, I can't get him one, only God can provide one for him.  The strength and peace Dick needs will come back again only though God's grace.
Thank you for your prayer support.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Little Bundle of Joy

In the midst of our sadness after losing our Scout, Saturday, Richard, Dick and I went to the breeder in Madison SD and found our new little girl, Lillie Ree.  I have always said, there is no way to grieve around babies or puppies.  We have Eva 21 months, Anna 3 months and now Lillie 11 weeks, the time for grieving is growing dim.  The bible tell us to think on the things which are good.  During this waiting time, we are trying to think on all the good in our lives.  Wonderful family, wonderful friends, wonderful home, wonderful new patio, and our wonderful new puppy. Truly, Dick and I agree, what else could we possible want?  God is so good!