A Thanksgiving Heart Attack

While most folks were gathering with families and preparing for a feast, our holiday weekend began and ended at the hospital. Our story begins the previous Sunday morning. While preparing to teach a bible study class on Luke 15, I experienced some tightness in my chest and neck. It went away and I did teach the class.

Then on Wednesday night, the tightness reappeared. This time it did not leave. Suzie drove me to the hospital where the EKG and blood work confirmed what my body was telling my mind – heart attack.

This was my 3rd heart attack in the past 2.5 years. In January of this year, Suzie had driven me to the same hospital. That time I went under the knife for open heart surgery and had the 4 bypass special.

So in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, I was watching a doctor perform a cardiac catheterization on me. After probing around my heart for awhile, the doctor withdrew his scope from my groin. There was nothing for him to do. The damage had been done, and I will have to live with chronic heart disease for the remainder of life.

I was released from the hospital on Sunday completing the weekend holiday. So now I try to manage the heart disease and the diabetes at home. I feel well, but tire easily. I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I lost a percentage of my heart’s functions. I also discovered that I have some liver damage due to the meds I have been taking. And for the first time, I am giving myself two shots a day to help with the diabetes.

But this has been a very good time. The Lord has been near. My family, friends and church folks have been wonderful. I am a blessed man.

So I look forward to walking closer to Jesus, spending time with my wife, holding my grandkids, embracing my kids & parents, worshipping with the folks at FirstBoynton and sharing joy with whoever else crosses my path.

For all of that, I am truly thankful to the Lord for his goodness to me.

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  • Wow! I had wondered why you hadn’t posted, but I figured you guys were just on a well-deserved vacation. Your positivity is an inspiration and blessing to anyone who reads this. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers.

  • Viola

    Frank I think I can speak for all your classmates…We are glad you are out of the hospital and on the mend…continue to keep getting better and do what the Dr’s say, lol

  • I am so sorry that you have such serious health issues and that your Celebrations were curtailed. I hope that you continue to recover and manage your health care with as much success as your business ventures! I really enjoy your posts and hope that you can continue with your entertaining posts. I look forward to hearing of a fast recovery to better health!

  • Anonymous

    We are survivors….lots of us out there….take care and do not allow anything disturb your peace of mind. Mine was a blessing….you r such an awesome writer and I truly enjoy your newsletter.

  • Lynde F.

    I have never posted before, but am a big fan of you & your wife! You both are in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Olivia

    Sorry to hear the news of your health issues. It sounds like your mind is in a good place and you have set your sights on the treasures our Heavenly Father has in store for us. You are blessed to have Suzie your family and church family. God Bless and prayers for a comfortable recovery.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your news. Our prayers are with you!
    Melissa

  • Lori

    Sorry to hear such bad news, hope you have a speedy recovery. Take care.

  • Michelle

    I check in on your blog almost daily and was so saddened by your news. I am sending prayers and asking close friends and family to send prayers, as well. I have never posted either, but I wanted you to know you and Suzie are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • You all are so kind. We really appreciate the prayers and the encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Keeping you in my prayers…..

  • Hi Frank, So sorry to hear about your heart attack. I pray that you will still be able to do your blog and sell on eBay…..we’re praying that your have a swift recovery…..hold onto Psalm 91: 1 & 2…Blessings my friend