Happy Fall Y’all!

While parts of the country are enjoying the fall season, here in Florida we are happy to be out of the record breaking 90’s and the Panhandle is working on recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Michael.
It has been a busy fall so far. Some of you may know that back at the beginning of September, my husband, Jeff had a bout with kidney stones that sent him to the ER. That was actually a blessing in disguise! He had a follow up with our primary doctor who asked him a simple question. “So Jeff, is there anything else going on?” the doctor asked. Jeff replies, “well, I’ve been having a little trouble with my chest.” The doctor knowing the family and their history immediately said he would schedule Jeff for a stress test.
Jeff never made it through the stress test! The nurse stops the test and tells Jeff she see’s something on the sonogram and doesn’t want to proceed. He is immediately set up with a cardiologist—that hour!
The cardiologist tell us there is an area of the heart that looks like it’s not functioning properly. Jeff is set up for a heart catheterization within 72 hours.
It took longer to wait for Jeff to have the heart cath then the actual procedure! The doctor came out less than thirty minutes of Jeff going back for the procedure. He tells us that Jeff needs to have quadruple by-pass surgery. Wait…what!? That was a bit of a shock. We were expecting he would probably need to have a stint or two, but not this. The good news was that the heart was in good condition and there was no damage done to the heart.
The day of surgery comes and I wait in the surgical area with our son and daughter. We know we have many people covering Jeff in prayer. The surgery took 3 1/2 hours and Jeff had a five by-pass surgery. Wow!
The medical staff was amazing from the surgeons and everyone in between. We are fortunate to live in an area where we have one of the top 10 heart hospitals in the country.
We could see the hand of God upon Jeff. The medical staff was amazed at Jeff’s recovery. He was out of the hospital by day four. Those of you who know Jeff, know he was trying to get out on day two! He thought he was ready to go home.
It was challenging to say the least that first week he came home. It’s a miracle I wasn’t wearing an orange jumpsuit by week’s end! Just an f.y.i… that’s what people wear here in Florida who get incarcerated. My husband has never had any major surgery…ever! For him to have to sit and recuperate was very difficult for him. At times I felt like I was a mom of a toddler again. “Please don’t do that, sit down, no you can’t do that, no you can’t have that!”
I’m not sure that first week who was more wore out!
While he was in the hospital, our daughter and I went and bought him a recliner so it would be easy for him to rest in. Those first few days, I had thought about getting some restrains and sewing them on the arms and leg rest to keep Jeff in the chair!
I am happy to report we did survive that first week and each day he was getting stronger and better. When he went for his follow-up appointments to the cardiologist and surgeon, both were amazed at his progress. They both released him and gave him the clearance to go back to work. He was back at work by week four and out walking every day!
What a journey these past few weeks have been. We’ve had opportunities to pray for medical staff and others where we have crossed paths with. The outpouring of prayers and  monetarily support has been incredible. A testament to the body of Christ coming together, coming along side and helping each other. Truly a blessing.
I have not been on social media much or sat down to write much as my priority has been to see that Jeff recovers well from surgery.
And that’s an update from me! I’d love to hear how you are doing this fall season.
I pray this over you today: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Blessings to you my friend,