Rick 100% recovered!

Haven’t written in a while but this is worth writing about. First, let me quote John 9:1-3:

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, ” It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Today, Rick had his follow up after the blood work and echo cardiogram he had a couple of weeks ago. The nurse also did an EKG a few minutes before the doctor entered the room. The doctor walked in, looked at the picture and the report from  the echo and said (paraphrasing) “If I looked at this without knowing your history, I would say this is a completely healthy heart.  You have 100% of your heart function back.”

I cried. I was overwhelmed at the goodness of God. I had prayed for this outcome, knowing that it was very possible he would have permanent damage. Instead, the way Dr. Kriegel explained it, Rick’s heart had essentially gone into “hibernation” after the event and had come out of dormancy to full functionality. And all of the down arrows in the EKG indicating damage had become up arrows. (I wish I took a picture of the chart.) I used the word “miraculous” and I got a nod of agreement from the Dr.

Dr. Kreigel said he was going to ask his colleagues about the possibility of returning to marathoning. Mind you, I don’t think Rick has any interest in marathoning any time soon but good to know the doctor thinks that is even on the table. But he does have to stay active as we head into the winter months. Back to the Y.

Because of the stent, he will be on medication for the rest of his life, but small price to pay for life restored. His blood pressure is 118/72 and LDL is 42. He has never seen those numbers.

I don’t want to presume upon God and think I know the reasons for anything He does or allows. This was pretty amazing though. All glory to him.

Psalm 27:13 says “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
            In the land of the living”

We have seen His goodness today.  What can we possibly expect when we see Him face to face?

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