To recap: Last Tuesday, March 27, Tom had his annual stress-echo-test, when they evaluate his artificial valve, check out his heart and other valves for narrowing etc. He came home to tell me that he needed another open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. I’d been concerned about him, noting extreme fatigue at times, blue lips etc. Things were taking a lot more effort.
Three years ago, the aortic valve opening was 1.3- no real concern. Two years ago it was down to 1, but he was still doing great and things looked fine. One year ago, the valve was narrowed to .9, but they didn’t mention it, thinking it would probably level out. Last week the doc was shocked to see that it had decreased to .7 and said that was below the measurement where they ordered valve replacement.
I had to leave to work in Mt Hermon’s writers conference the next morning and just got back last night. Tom told me that he had not been feeling the same heaviness or pressure in his chest since last Thursday and I didn’t see any blueness in his lips. But this morning found us at the hospital at 5:30 am to get a couple of exploratory tests (through the groin and esophagus) to make sure there were no blockages, possibly insert some stents, get a closer look at his heart internally before scheduling surgery. The doctor talked to us first, saying that surgery sooner than later would be better.
Tom sailed through both procedures and before long the nurse came to get me saying the doc wanted to talk to me. I was greeted with big smiles by two doctors and two nurses. “Good news! Something changed in there! The opening measured at 1.3 and there is no need for surgery!” Not only that, there were no blockages, his heart is very strong, and the “old” (30-year-old) artificial valve “looks brand new!” They said that none of them knew of another that old.
We told them about how many people had prayed for him, both in person and from afar, and they readily agreed that it probably wasn’t a coincidence!
So—Tom laid there for a couple of hours recovering, and then we got up and went to P.F. Changs for a celebratory lunch. What a fantastic gift for ourinc 53rd anniversay. Thank you Lord for incredibly answered prayer.