Steve's Heart

Well, I don't know exactly how to start this post. I want to inform you, but not alarm you; I would like for you to be knowledgeable so that you can pray specifically with us, but I don't want to inundate you with too much information.

I LOVE my husband--and I do not deserve to be married to such a wonderful man!!! However, I am eternally grateful for God's Sovereignty in bringing us together. I would also be grateful if you chose to take a few minutes out of your schedule this week and bring my husband before God's throne...........................

This coming Friday, at 6:00a.m., Steve will be having a catheter ablation done on his heart. I would appreciate your prayers for Steve, Dr. Ian Woolett (the surgeon), and for favorable conditions for the procedure. Um, and for me too.

Below is a copy of an e-mail that I sent to a dear friend a week ago. . .if you would like to take the time to read it, it will give you all of the information that you will need to understand Steve's upcoming procedure and the need for it.
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Well, we've been told that it is a minor procedure--yet it is still my darling's HEART, so to me it is still cause for alarm! Steve has a heart condition called Wolfe Parkinson White (WPW) syndrome. It is very common--yet a lot of people don't even realize that they have it until later in life. A lot later in life. Simply put, when the human heart is developing, extra fibers fall away, leaving one major passageway from the upper chamber to the lower chamber of the heart. But in some babies, one of those fibers stays around and forms a thin, extra passageway to the lower chamber...and that is what happened with Steve, apparently. The doctor assured us that it is very common and very easily taken care of. . .usually. We want to take care of it because WPW, in the worst cases, causes sudden death--because the upper chamber of the heart races at enormous speeds. The racing is caused by blood swirling around in the extra passageway.

Steve was diagnosed with WPW during his freshman year of college. . .he was taking a test for life-guarding at Northland camp, and felt like he was literally going to die. Thankfully, the WPW was discovered! His doctor in Indiana tried to ablate the extra passageway in his upper chamber, and the procedure unfortunately failed twice. However, that was almost 7 years ago--and our doctor here assured us that the procedure has gotten much more precise.

One of my biggest concerns is that Steve's extra passageway be FAR AWAY from his main passageway. Because the procedure failed twice, my concern is heightened. If, during the ablation, the doctor accidentally nicks his main passageway, Steve would be stuck with a pace-maker for the rest of his life. (yucky.) Again, the doctor has assured us that he has performed hundreds and hundreds of these surgeries--and has only had 1 pacemaker come out of all of them. But he was also honest with us and told us that unfortunately, there will someday be a second on that list. Our doctor mentioned that if he gets inside and it looks risky, he can also perform a procedure that basically "freezes" the extra passageway, which does not put the main passageway in danger. . .the only downside to the freezing technique is that it is not always 100% effective--and sometimes requires a redo of the procedure later on.

So, long story short, my prayer request would be that the doctor, Ian Woolett, would be able to go in and ablate the passageway immediately, and that it would be far away from the main passageway! We have been so blessed with this doctor. A friend of ours, who works at the hospital and knew Dr. Woolett personally, recommended him to us. He took a lot of time with us and answered ALL of our questions. We have had some funny times with this experience as well. . .we find it quite humorous to be the only 20-somethings in a waiting room filled with 80-somethings;) Good times;)

17 comments:

  1. We will definately keep Steve and YOU in our prayers. Remember God is in control of EVERY situation even when it may seem like he is not. We love you guys!!!

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  2. Anonymous6:58 AM

    Wow, we will be praying for you guys too. Thanks for making this known to us---we had no idea! May the Lord be magnified through this.
    michael and nina

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  3. We will definitely be praying. Thank you for updating us so we can. I have continued to pray for your other prayer requests, even though our month as "prayer partners" has past. = ) I'd definitely like to get together again sometime! Praying that our God will give you both His amazing Peace both before and after the procedure.

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  4. Well, we will be praying!
    thanks for telling us!

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  5. Will be praying for both of you. I'll spread the word here at Grace&Truth church in Oregon.

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  6. Mom and I are praying for you. 2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

    Through it all you will become a greater instrument in His hand.
    Dad

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  7. Tim and I will pray too! Thanks for sharing this with us - the universal church is so good - to know people everywhere can all pray to the same God for a request!

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  8. Sarah - Chad and I will definitely pray for you guys! Thanks for sharing the specifics...those are the things we'll keep in mind.

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  9. I guess I did not know that about his heart. That is the same procedure I was going to have to get done, except that my heart has gotten back to normal, it was my pregnancy with Skye that really set it off. Steve, are you sure you are not pregnant?!?

    We will pray that God will give wisdom and help to the Doctors and for peace for you guys as well.

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  10. We're praying for Steve and you! PLEASE let me know if you need anything!!!!!

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  11. praying for you both and dr. ian's hands to be steady

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  12. Hey, we love you guys and will be praying for you during this.

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  13. We'll be praying for you both.

    Love,

    The NY Mincys
    Psalm 56:3

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  14. Oh Sarah! We will be praying!

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  15. Praying in Oregon. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm reminded of all of Romans 8 and the wonderful truths about the Spirit who helps us pray, the Father who is for us & gave up His Son, and the Son who brought us into an adoptive relationship through His death!

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  16. Tricia9:35 AM

    The kids and I prayed for you both this morning at the start of our school day, hope everything went well.

    Trish & kids

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  17. Oh, Sarah. I am praying for you right now during this time as Steve is in recovrey. If there is anything we can do - please let us know! Your testimony is such a blessing and encouragement. Thanks for sharing this!

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