We Are At It Again! (Part 1)

We Are At It Again! (Part 1)

This was Patrick and I yesterday morning, in the waiting room at the hospital. We were ANXIOUSLY awaiting them to call Patrick back to begin prepping him for his heart procedure yesterday….

ablation day

We had BUTTERFLIES in our tummies, but had total faith in God and his doctor and believed that this one will work.

If y’all remember my post from last month, I had explained that he needed 2 procedures, back to back. The first was scheduled for March 7th, he was to remain in the hospital for about a week to be closely monitored on the new heart medication that they were placing him on immediately after his procedure. The second procedure was then scheduled for March 17th, which was exactly 1 week later.

At the time, we were as prepared as we could possibly be for the 2nd procedure, but then we received a phone call from the hospital the night before his 2nd procedure explaining that it had to be CANCELLED for the following morning. They said that during some routine updates on their system, they encountered an issue. As a result, the cameras, computers, and other mechanical components and equipment malfunctioned. Because of this, they were not going to be unable to perform the procedure for the following day and had to reschedule Patrick’s for April 21st.

We were so UPSET about this set back when we first got the news. The week prior to this, his doctor had explained to us in great detail about how imperative it was for him to undergo this procedure A.S.A.P. So, we knew that this extension of 5 weeks was not very good for Patrick’s health. We tried every avenue possible to get his appointment moved to a closer date, but we unfortunately had NO LUCK. We decided to just take this little road block as a sign from God that He wanted us to take another avenue for the time being. We waited and trusted in Him throughout the (what seemed like forever) waiting period.

Over the past 5 weeks, we really dug deep and asked God to help us focus on the things He wanted to be a priority for us. The top thing on the list was making sure Patrick did not over work himself. The absolute LAST THING we wanted to do was provoke another AFIB episode. Being out of rhythm meant more stress placed on his heart. So, it was vital that did not happen because his heart needed a chance to rest before this procedure.

In an unprecedented move, Patrick took it EASY! We decided not to take on any custom builds during that 5 week time span, and we checked Patrick’s heart rate, blood pressure, etc… throughout each day. Even though Patrick has been itching to build something new, he knew as well as I did that he needed to be careful by no over-exert himself. (Thankfully, he is FINALLY listening to doctor’s orders. hehe) I have also  noticed a GOOD CHANGE in him as a result, fear and worry was overtaken with an overwhelming flood of PEACE and REST. 

During this time period we also had a historic flood come through our area which affected our family, friends, and several clients. We celebrated the birthday of our youngest daughter (who seems to be getting bigger and smarter every second). We were even able to get an enormous amount of our kiddos homeschooling completed. As a result, we are only a few lessons away from completing their curriculum for the entire year. We also took on a few sweet, new clients, and got lots of things around our home and property checked off of our to-do-list in between working on our clients’ orders. But most of all, Patrick has had a chance to R-E-L-A-X more than he has in a LONG time!

I am going to sign off for now, but will try to post my continuation tomorrow. (READ PART 2 HERE) I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night, and it is time for me to call it quits for today. But before I go, I wanted to personally want to thank each and every person who have taken time out of their busy schedules to send us messages, called, texts, stopped by, and kept us in their thoughts and prayers. We are so thankful for all of you! Be blessed, Friends! <3

P.S.: On a side note, those of you who have been asking how our kiddos are handling things, this about sums it up…

sophia clothes

The night before Patrick’s heart procedure, I went to tell the kids goodnight and to reassure them that everything would be fine yesterday. Well, I found that our oldest daughter had taken ALL of her clothes out of her drawers and neatly folded them and placed them back in. Bless her little heart. <3 She OBVIOUSLY handles stress the same way I do… She cleans and organizes EVERYTHING!

As for the rest of our little ones, they have had a range of emotions and we have definitely noticed different coping mechanisms from each. Our youngest daughter was concerned that their daddy was never coming back, our youngest son has been even more loving and overly affectionate than normal (which, we didn’t even think that was possible), our oldest daughter(above) has been a little mamma and has  helped keep things around our home clean, organized, and running smoothly; and our oldest son has been incredibly willing and helpful every time we need him.

We are truly blessed by each of our babies, and are THANKFUL to see them handling things as well as they have been for the past 7 months. God has given every member of our family a PEACE that truly surpasses all understanding, and we are beyond GRATEFUL!

 

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