Monday, September 03, 2007

I'm Backkkkkkkkkkkkk...ok not really. Still have some pneumonia in the chest and now this.... I don't know how to say this exactly so I am going to just cut and paste the letter David (my wonderful husband) wrote to the church.

Please pass along this prayer request.
Karin and I are asking for your prayer. If you have been around Karin in the last month, you know that she has been quite sick. She was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, and that diagnosis may still be true. However, today we went back to the doctor's office, and they want to run a series of additional test. She will have an echo-cardiogram on Thursday. It appears that she may have congestive heart failure. If you (like me) are not a medical type, I assure you that the problem is not as bad as the name suggest. This does not mean that her heart will stop immediately. The doctor thinks that she has some fluid build up around her heart, and this is causing her heart to not work efficiently. Therefore, her heart has to work harder than it should. Her physician has prescribed some oral medication that will cause her body to eliminate more fluid. If all goes well, this intervention, plus some changes in our diet and exercise lifestyles, will take care of the problem. Even the American Heart Association's website indicates that rest, change in diet and exercise routines, along with medication is the generally prescribed treatment. The doc said today that her heart, which is enlarged (like any other muscle when it's working over time) will go back down to a more healthy size in the future. If course, this is contingent on her being successful with these lifestyle changes. In an effort to support her, I am going to make the same lifestyle changes. Please pray for us.
December 31st, 2007 will be her two year anniversary for stopping smoking. She smoked for 26 years up to two packs a day. I am very excited about that and very proud of her for that accomplishment. Every time I think about it, I am thankful that she made that decision because we will, hopefully, have a little longer time together as a result. If she can do that, then I know she can overcome this latest medical issue. Please pray for God's guidance, peace, and ultimately healing.
In Christ,


SolarisGal said...

What a beautiful letter, Karin!
I'm sorry to hear about your sickness, but hopefully you'll get better! And yes, I too will have you in my thoughts and prayers!

Weekends Off said...

Karin I am sorry to hear that you have been ill and that this heart problem has came up. But it does sound treatable and for that I am grateful. I will pray for you to make a good solid recovery and also congrats girlfriend on not smoking!!!!

Please do what the doctor says and take care of yourself.

Little Wing said...

Karin, good to have you back.
Good for you on not smoking!
Take care of yourself, and best wishes on your health.

Weekends Off said...

Just checking back to see how your tests turned out.

Hope you are feeling better sweetie, you are in my prayers.


SolarisGal said...

Karin - How are you doing? It's been a while...
Are you okay? I miss your funny jokes. :(

Weekends Off said...

9-25-07 Just checking in to see if you are feeling any better.

You are in my prayers. Hope to hear from you soon.