THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

August 19, 2017

PS to my last post (“Life is Fragile…”)

Filed under: Uncategorized — danielhite @ 10:14 pm

The summer of 2017 will not soon be forgotten–first, a cardiac arrest in mid-May, then a brain bleed in July.

We were half way through our vacation/conference in Kentucky when I started feeling odd. We left the conference and headed back home. As we crossed into Missouri, Leah called my cardiologist who said it was either a stroke or a brain bleed (subdural hematoma) and to go directly to the ER. After a CT scan, it was determined to be a fairly large brain bleed on the left hemisphere of my brain, which was affecting the right side of my body. The neurosurgeon told us that we would have to wait five days before any treatment because of the kind of blood thinner I was on for the cardiac arrest. Yes, the two ailments were now connected.

Two weeks after I was released from my first hospitalization, a followup visit with the cardiac arrest surgeon evaluated and then doubled one of my new medications. One week later I fainted early one morning and was rushed by ambulance to an ER close to home. They determined that I had a drop in blood pressure due to too much medication, which my cardiologist quickly reduced to the original dosage.

Five weeks later I find myself in the hospital again, taken off of a new, very powerful blood thinner and having to wait five days for it to work out of my system. I grew worse with each passing day. Day 4 and 5, I was unable to walk, my right arm was drawn up, and I could not remember my birthday. Leah related these incidents to me because I could (and do) not remember those two days before surgery, and the surgery itself on Monday. They drilled into my skull and evacuated the blood that was covering the left side and beginning to flow to the right side of my brain. They placed a drain tube in my head for the next one and a half days. Coming out of surgery, I was alert enough to greet Leah, my son, and a friend. This was the first evidence of the hope of recovery that Leah had experienced since I was admitted. Within a day I was up walking with assistance, and one more day, soloing. God was so gracious! Within a couple of hours, the rehab specialists put me through a battery of tests and determined that I did NOT even qualify for rehab! They released me two hours later! God is so good! As I shared in my previous post, “Apparently, God is not finished with me yet.” As my wonderful cardiologist shared with me at my last followup, “I believe you are immortal until God is finished with you.”

For us, this has been a summer of sifting (See Luke 22:31-32). In biblical times, wheat and chaff would be separated by tossing them into the air. The wind would blow away the light chaff and the heavier wheat would drop to the ground. In our trials, God uses the winds of adversity to sift out the sinful flesh so the spirit remains and dominates. As God conforms believers to the image of His Son, Jesus (See Romans 8:29), we decrease as Jesus increases in us, using John the Baptist’s words (See John 3:30). Willingly submitting to the Lordship of Christ in our lives, we grow more like Jesus and less like sinful self (Read Romans 6). God’s purposes prevail! (Romans 8:28 and following)

Have faith in God, He’s on His throne
Have faith in God, He watches o’er His own
He cannot fail, He must prevail
Have faith in God, Have faith in God
(©1934–B.B. McKinney)

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1 Comment »

  1. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY, FOR THE THINGS HE HAS DONE.”

    Comment by Gabrielle S — October 18, 2017 @ 3:04 pm | Reply


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