Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One Heart Attack Later

Well, I had my Colonoscopy and it determined that there was just the one area of colon cancer. I was recovering from the procedure and my darling DebbieLynne was beside the hospital bed. I remember that much. But I don't remember what happened next.

I'm told that at first the docs thought it was just a breathing and heart problem brought on by the limited anesthesia used for the procedure. They got me stabilized, but decided to keep me at the hospital, and DebbieLynne returned home.

When we were told the next day that I'd a heart attack we thought it was what took place during recovery. But the actual heart attack, which we learned today was a major one with I think 90% blockage, was actually later that day. I wasn't conscious at the time so I don't remember it.

The next day they cleared the major blockage. The following day they put in stint to keep things open so the blood flowing.

I've had to be on ventilators around the clock. Today is the first day they've been able to transfer me into a wheelchchair beside the hospital bed. I'm able to take short breaks from the ventilator while sitting here. I'm taking care of a few things on the computer before they get me back onto the bed.

Thank you for your prayers. The colon surgery has had to be put off by 4 to 6 weeks due to the blood thinning meds I need to be on following the heart surgical procedures. I may be transferred to a rehab hospital to finish recovering and then hopefully get to return home to be with DebbieLynne for a while before the colon surgery.

Please keep praying. I am making progress. Folks from church and my cousins are helping DebbieLynne. This is a difficult time for both of us, but God is providing in answer to your prayers. We thank all of you who are praying and those who are doing things for us that we cannot do for ourselves at this time.

And please pray for all those who are trying to help me recover from the heart attack and be ready for the colon surgery and follow up treatments.

The Lord bless you and take care of all your needs and those of those you love.


  1. Good to see you! I have been keeping up with things on Deb's blog. Praying for you both.

  2. Came over from Deb's blog and am praying for you both as you go through this difficult time.

  3. John, so good to read this and know how you are doing! Steve and I are definately praying for you guys! What a blessing to see how our gracious Father is providing for you two during this trial. I am praising Him for how He has cared for you and Deb.

    My Brother, do your best (as I am sure you are) to keep yourself from looking at the wind and the waves and instead keep your eyes on the One who calms the storm. He is a refuge, a stronghold, and a comforter of those who call on His name. And He is FAITHFUL... always faithful.

    "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is it's own trouble." Matt 6:34 (ESV)

    I know you already know these things, John, and are endeavoring to live them. I just want to encourage you to keep on trusting our powerful and merciful God (as I believe you will). Love and hugs to you!