Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Health Update

But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem's walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. (Nehemiah 4:7-9)

I've always liked this passage from Nehemiah, because it so succinctly sums up the two-pronged approach I take to things like last week's surprise hospital visit: Nehemiah prayed for protection AND posted a guard. Likewise, I contacted everyone I knew, through email and this blog, to pray for me, and I'm taking my medication and doing what my doctor tells me.

Thanks to so many who commented and emailed me with prayers of support & encouragement, prayers of spiritual warfare (you're right -- the timing is completely suspect), and prayers for healing, and also some prophetic words. If anyone has ever doubted whether this online blogging thing can actually be "community", I have an answer for you: "Yes." I have been touched and blessed by the comments and emails from people whom I've known for years, and also from those who I know only through cyberspace, literally from around the world. Thank you, everyone, and may God bless you for your intercession on behalf of myself and my family.

A quick update:

I'm scheduled for some further tests on October 27 in the afternoon, where they'll be injecting me with glow-in-the-dark stuff for monitoring my heart during some exercise tests. When they tell you to report to "Nuclear Medicine -- it's in the basement...", you feel like you're entering the Twilight Zone or something.

In the meantime, I'm taking blood-thinners (aspirin) and a beta-blocker which is to slow my heart rate down. The nitroglycerin hasn't been used yet, and Lord willing, it won't ever need to be, although I keep it with me as instructed.

Other than that, I'm doing normal, everyday stuff, and I'm not in discomfort much, aside from being suddenly banned from Tim Horton's and Starbucks -- even our coffeemaker at home has been removed from it's place of honour in the kitchen.

I'll keep you updated as things progress here, and would covet your prayers especially October 27, but for now, know that I'm appreciative for your prayers, and they are having their effect -- good to have righteous people praying effective prayers around me!

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