Life goes on with the help of prayer

As you may know, I just endured yet another medical emergency the past few days. Thankfully I am home now, but I am having to deal with new news that is both sobering as well as enlightening. Although it appears that I have not had any strokes (major ones anyway), the news that my heart is only beating at 38% is disturbing and quite honestly, a bit scary. Equally scary is the casual approach taken by the cardioglogists to the news. For whatever reason, there appears to be little urgency in the matter on their parts. I am left to wonder if this means they are just busy or do not believe there is much they can do for me.

In early 2000, while at Mayo Clinic, I was given a diagnosis of restrictive cardio myopathy and told I had six months to live without a heart transplant. Through gigantic lifestyle changes and much personal prayer and fasting, I beat the odds and not only made it past the six month deadline but have lived on for over 15 years. Through the years, I have been aware of the inherant woes within my heart, but most of the time rarely thought about them. Less than two years ago my ejection fraction (defining the ability of the left side of the heart to pump blood) was over 50%. Not great but not bad either. Obviously something has happened to cause that figure to drop all the way to 38% and it has to be the sepsis and septic shock I endured a year ago. During the darkest hours when I was in septic shock, my heart came within a few beats of just shutting down. Obviously during that time of trauma, damage was done to the muscle.

In 2000, I was only 47 years old and my body was able to bounce back. I am now 62 years old and after the ordeal I went through last year, I know it will harder for my body to stop this ugly slide and fight back above 40%. If God could heal my heart 15 years ago, there is no reason why He cannot at least add a few percentage points to the ability of my heart to adequately supply blood to my body.

I am still digesting the news I received yesterday, but I do know that in order for me to rise above this situtation and get better, it will take hard work on my part and prayers from those who care about me. I ask of you this simple prayer today; that God will let me know what I am to do and sufficiently heal my heart so I can continue living my life as I have the past year. Thank you so much for joining with me in mutual prayer in this matter. I value and cherish, and may I say; live by and through your prayers. Thank you so much for standing with me and not judging me as I stare down the giants that keep jumping out of the woods to confront me. Thank you!

 Kirk M
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John B. Abela+

Stay strong Kirk!

K Reynolds+

Dave and I are standing with you and Beth, lifting up your arms and praying.

Blessings!

K :princess:

Barbra Lambert

I am honored to stand in prayer with my brothers and sisters in Christ for you and Beth, Kirk. We love you both and care very deeply about extending that love to you.

Sarah VM+

"If God could heal my heart 15 years ago, there is no reason why He cannot at least add a few percentage points to the ability of my heart to adequately supply blood to my body."

Every day, several times a day, I am praying for you and for Beth. Reading this, I believe it's exactly as you say about the percentage points. God can. I pray you can stay home and be healthy and live in peace without these worries and troubles. And, now that we have the statistic, that is what I will ask for. Enough to put you in the normal range.

After all ... is anything too hard for the Lord? :pray:

God bless you and keep you safe from harm,

Sarah

Les B+

It is a privilege you would ask and be allowed to do so. Standing with you alongside all who have commented above ...

joyce+

Father God in the past you have healed kirks heart. Abba, we ask that you do the same again.

Sandy Brooks

Praying as you requested and for Beth too.

John Knox+

Not only the sepsis but the drug cocktail would have been a major contributor. The modern medical profession has a lot to answer for. Praying without ceasing for you both.

wmj

Kirk M+

From the depths of my heart I thank all of you who took the time to let us know you will be praying for my situation. You all are such an incredible family of prayer warriors and loving supporters. Thank each and every one of you for your prayers, concern and love.
Kirk