Recent Medical Heart Activity
In recent months I had a few nights of chest tightness in my medical heart resolved by nitroglycerin pills and even spent Christmas Day in JFK hospital near our home. I visited my cardiologist and she scheduled a stress test for me that took place this past Thursday (April 6, 2017). The normal EKG reports did not show enough. The way to discover the issues was to put the heart in stress and take MRI pictures before and after the stress.
Nearly seven years have passed since I penned the fifth part of this autobiography. Much has happened in that time related to my walk with the Lord and his church. It seems appropriate to now update my story. Hopefully this chapter will shine more of the spotlight on the glorious grace of our Lord rather than on the wretched prodigal of this man.
Sadly this duckling would only live for about five minutes after this picture was taken. A heron snatched him up carrying him a short distance away before swallowing him.
(Taken with iPhone camera February 6, 2015 in my backyard in Boynton Beach, Florida.)
“Before the Catch”
Seconds after I snapped this photo, the pelican dove into the water. He emerged with a fish in his gullet.
(Taken with iPhone camera January 10, 2015 at the Boynton Beach Inlet)
Much of my story in recent years has centered on my heart. When I write that, I mean that both the physical organ within my chest and the spiritual seat of my being.
Physically I have arrived back home after stays in two different hospitals since Friday. I am resting and feel relatively well. During the past 3+ years I have experienced four heart attacks, have failed three stress tests, have endured six heart catheterizations, took three ambulance rides, have had four arteries by passed and have received seven stents.
Three and a half decades ago, I was a 19 years old soldier serving in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. On the evening of October 15th of that year, my stomach was doing somersaults and I was splashing water on my face as my daughter Leah was making her entrance into the world.
That beautiful baby girl was just beginning to be a source of learning for this man. Over the years, we have laughed and we have cried. One thing is certain – the Lord has placed her into my life to teach me much.
Today is the Tenth Wedding Anniversary for Suzie and me. It has been a wonderful decade in which God has demonstrated his kindness, mercy and grace. I am grateful.
West Pam Beach VA Hospital
On this Memorial Day, I begin by expressing my sincerest gratitudes for those members of our armed forces who have paid for our liberties with their lives. From the beginning days of our nation’s history until today, we have asked men and women to lay down their lives. They deserve our highest honor.
Several days a week I am at the VA Medical Center in my area. I often see veterans who are without limbs and with other injuries with which they have lived. They also deserve honor.
This is me on April 9th doing what I love doing – teaching God’s people. Thanks to the folks at FirstBoynton who actually show up to learn together. This particular session centered on the theology problems in the church which led to the Protestant Reformation.
P.S. Before I get any comments on the shirt, remember that it is South Florida.