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More Family News
by MaryGrace Patterson

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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They say God never gives us more than we can handle, but sometimes he sure tests our faith and resolve..

My husband went back to the hospital on Monday. The Dr did a "Trans Esophegeal Echo" and looked at the heart valves. Later the Dr shocked Richard's heart back into sinus rhythm. The procedure was a success and his heart is beating as it should now.

The bad news is:, The mitral valve is more stenosised, (closed).

In 1984 when Richard had open heart surgery, the Aortic valve was replaced with a Metal Valve and the Mitral Valve was cleaned up as there was a build up of plaque around the opening and it was not closing properly.

Now the Mitral Valve is closing .. Its at 1.2CM . When it reaches 1CM, he'll have to have Open Heart Surgery again. The prognosis is not in his favor! The Dr feels his chances of survival are not good at all, as they'd have to replace 2 valves instead of one. Richard remains weak and gets short of breath easily. He can't do much at all and is quite discouraged. I'm trying to encourage him. It will take time for him to get his strength back. He has not been told about the Mitral Valve being so bad, and will not know until we see his cardiologist again in a few weeks.

Last Thursday four of my grown children and I went to Miami to see James, our son (their brother), who was still in ICU. The Dr ordered and gave him 5 pints of blood and found where he was bleeding from. He had surgery and is now home recovering and doing well.

I took Samuel, our oldest to the Dr today and they did an EKG. He will be having a stress test soon .( Sam doen't drive due to seizures).

I am having a stress test and echo cardiogram next week, as I've been having problems. I have had heart problems for years and its somthing I've learned to cope and live with.

Things are better than they were,but I'm terribly worried about my husband.
I feel like he's living on borrowed time. Each day I spend with him becomes more and more precious!

Most of us take life and good health for granted. Perhaps we should be more aware of the gifts GOD gives us and think about them more often than we do. Its easy to let things become common place.
Let the one you love and care about know how special they are to you. One never knows what tomorrow will bring!

Thank you for your kind support and prayers. It has really helped so much! Blessings to all,,,Mary Grace

I will try to review some of your writngs soon....†††


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Reviewed by Jon Willey 11/27/2009
Mary Grace, I learned about eighteen years ago as you have learned, that without the blessing of good health, life is very challenging --in a period of about seven years I went through as many surgeries and test after test, physician and specialist one after the other -- during this time my wife and I each lost a parent and several very close friends -- at times it is difficult to think positively -- but in the end, God does have a plan for each of us -- keep your faith and continue your prayers -- you and your family will be in my prayers -- may peace and love walk beside you each and every step of your journey through life my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by JMS Bell 11/21/2009
MARY GRACE, I CAN WELL UNDERSTAND YOUR CONCERN AND IN CASES LIKE THIS...ALL WE CAN DO IS PRAY. AND IF WE PRAY...WE DON'T WORRY. I KNOW, I KNOW...THIS IS MUCH EASIER SAID THAN DONE BUT PLEASE TRY AND REMEMBER...GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE! THANKS FOR SHARING THIS NEWS AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOU. BLESSINGS. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Mary Metcalf 11/18/2009
dearest mary grace, how wise and graceful you are, there is a reason for everything that happens in our lives, when God closes one door he opens another, there are always lessons to learn in life but you will never be alone. know always that we all love you and carry our prayers for you.
love and hugs
mary etta
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/18/2009
We are all living on borrowed time and must never take a thing for granted...one breath, one day at a time....cont prayers and thoughts I send your way,,,thanks for the update....please get rest
Christine
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/18/2009
Let the one you love and care about know how special they are to you. One never knows what tomorrow will bring!

How so true, MaryGrace, and our thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family.
Reviewed by John Bidwell 11/18/2009
You are surrounded by love here, be sure to stay.
My mother lived an extra 10 years after a steel valve was installed, and then another.
Both my younger brothers are thriving- with steel valves.
I seem spared- except that my blessing of good health makes me the one to do ALL the heavy lifting for both families.
I just thank God for every day, however I can, whatever that means.
Do treasure every moment- and thank you for sharing and reminding us to do the same. May you have many many extra moments!

John
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 11/18/2009
God never gives us more than we can handle because when it comes to our family we're going to handle it no matter what. You surely are doing just that in the best way you possibly can. You are so right about giving thanks for our blessings. Even when things are at their worst, there are always those little blessings that make life bearable. God bless you and your loved ones and I pray God will bring healing release to all.
Reviewed by Deborah Tornillo 11/18/2009
MaryGrace: Thank you for the update on Richard. All of you are in my prayers. Yes, God sometimes gives us more than we can handle, but I also believe, and I know you do too that he is a very compassionate God and carries us through these difficult times. God has blessed you with strength, courage and compassion. You are a true earth angel for Richard and your children right now. Try your best to take care of yourself, as well. I wished I lived closer to you, so that I could help you.

Your friend,
Deborah
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 11/18/2009
MAY GOD BLESS YOU, DEAR MaryGrace!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/18/2009
You all remain in my prayers, MG. Have courage!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/18/2009
Sorry to hear about the ongoing problems, MG. I can understand how you feel since I, myself, have gone through some difficult times with health issues. It can get so frustrating when similar things seem to happen over and over again. I find myself lately looking forward to the day that the doctors WON'T be able to fix something and I can simply lie down for that eternal sleep. It's not comfortable though being the person who could be left behind, that I understand. Mary Grace, have faith, be strong and keep praying. I wish there were more I could say or do for you, my friend. God bless you and yours.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 11/18/2009
Thank you for the update, MaryGrace. Of course you're worried and distressed, all of this is difficult...know that so many here at AD are thinking of you and wishing you and Richard and Sam all the very best.

John
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/18/2009
MaryGrace you certainly do have your hands full and how I wish life would improve for all of you. Love you sweet lady and you and your family remain in our prayers. Extra prayers for your husband hoping he will gain his strength, get through the surgery and come home to get better soon....

Be always safe,
Karen
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