Hello, friends and family. God bless you all. Just wanted to give a quick update on my visit with the doctor regarding my heart, and ask for prayer again regarding some of the things we discussed.
First of all, thank you all for praying for me. The doctor gave me mostly good news about my heart and blood work results. There is a small amount of build up in my aorta showing a bit of atherosclerosis, but he said it is minor and normal for my age. The echocardiogram and stress test didn’t show anything serious. He said my heart is fine and joked with me that I could live to be 150 with the heart I have. He wasn’t sure what caused the chest pain back in March, but he thought it might have been due to the gallbladder infection and stones I was suffering at that time. Remember, I had that removed just a few weeks after the chest pain episode.
Anyway, my cholesterol and triglycerides are excellent, so the atherosclerosis is just hereditary. It’s something he will check in 2 years, but nothing he was worried about. Praise God my heart is okay!
He said my vitamin D levels and sodium were low, so I need to start taking a D supplement and adding a little salt to my diet, but my glucose, and red and white blood cell count were excellent. It’s actually pretty amazing I’m only deficient in vitamin D after 10 years fighting Celiac. He said he could tell I eat very good, and told me to keep up the good diet.
The only discouraging news was that the blood results showed my thyroid and liver enzymes were too high, so he was concerned about that and ordered more tests. I had to get more blood drawn this morning, and next Wednesday I’m having an ultrasound done for my liver. I am really tired of all these medical appointments, especially getting jabbed for blood work. Please pray for healing for my thyroid and liver. He is hoping it was just a fluke in the lab results from a little dehydration, but he wants to make sure it’s nothing serious.
The worst thing I am still dealing with is the terrible hemorrhoid pain I suffer at times. As embarrassing as it is, I must ask for prayer for that to be completely healed. It is awful and it is really affecting my quality of life. Several times a week I have to lay on my side for a few hours because I can barely walk or sit down. I’ve already seen doctors and specialist surgeons about it, and surgery is not an option for me. I cry out to God every day to heal me of it. On top of everything else I deal with, it is truly a painful and humiliating ailment to suffer.
History records that Martin Luther also suffered terrible hemorrhoids, which actually gives me a sense of closeness and fellowship with him. It also makes me respect him and his reformation ministry even more knowing the pain he was going through during his preaching and teaching. I’m sure he asked the Lord to heal him many times.
In all my suffering, I am trusting in the Lord to see me through it victoriously. I get very discouraged and feel a deep hopelessness at times, but I know God can heal me at anytime and He can do all things. Nothing is impossible for the Lord. He has done incredible miracles in my life, and I know He can heal me, restore me, and make all things new. May His will be done.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and encouragement. I know many of you suffer from chronic illness. I am praying for you too. Let us never give up hope! Someday the Lord will take away all the pain and wipe away every tear. May that great hope overflow in our hearts as we wait for the Lord and trust in Him. He will never leave us nor forsake us, and we will see Him in eternal glory very soon!
Grace and peace to you all!