Last week my husband underwent a heart catheterization, which is a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Before performing the procedure, the doctor informed us that he would not be surprised if he would not have to place stents in my husbands arteries that day, or worst case, prepare him for bypass surgery, based on his symptoms and family history. Needless to say, we were
kind of extremely worried.
Honestly, I was a nervous wreck, especially after they took him back. He wasn’t gone long; about an hour before the doctor came to talk to me. And it was good news: the blockages were less than 70%, so no stents were placed and definitely no need for bypass surgery! They did find artery spasms, a lot of them, and they are treating that with some pretty good medication now. The spasms can be very dangerous as it can lead to heart attacks…but those account for the excruciating chest pains he’s been having, even while he’s at rest (heck, he was sedated, and the doctor was able to take pictures of them).
One good thing this did, I think, was wake my husband up. He is not a young man anymore, and the time for living like hell is over, or should be. He has to take care of himself and stop putting his health last, especially if he wants to see his children grown and get to spoil future grandchildren someday. This includes what he puts inside of his body. We’ve been talking about it for several weeks now, and I think he is finally on board with it: we are preparing our household for a lifestyle change!
We are going organic.
Yep! Shocking, isn’t it? We’re going to become tree huggers!! Well…not politically (sorry, libs!), just as it concerns our food and what nots. I’ve been doing so much research into this in the past few weeks, and I’m still not done. We will be eating more organic fruits and veggies and less red meat (though we still will eat some meat…but when we do, we will buy our meat from a local farmer, not the freezer section at Kroger or Walmart, and this goes for white meat too). We may even be going in with another family or two and buying a whole cow after the new year, having it butchered, packaged and put in our deep freeze. Money saving and healthier as I know where the cow is coming from (grass fed and not pumped full of hormones, etc). By the way, if anyone has experience with any of this, I’d love to hear it!
I’ve been slowly clearing out my cabinets and deep freeze….preparing the way and we are almost there. I’m not buying anymore junk to fill it. I want my family healthier. I think this lifestyle change will do wonders not just for my husband, but for myself and my kids as well. I hope to have gone fully organic by the New Year. Wish us luck…I know it’s not going to be easy…but is anything worthwhile every really easy?
So…today I am thirty three years old. Most of the time, I feel a lot older. I could fill one paragraph after another with all of our problems; one woe after another, but I won’t. It’s no secret that this has been a hard year for us, especially as it concerns our family’s health problems (some you guys know about, some you don’t yet). Looking at what still lies ahead in the days to come…I am going to fill a paragraph or two of what I am most thankful for instead.
I’m most thankful for having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Long ago, I gave my heart, soul and life to him, even though I stumbled many times through the years. Thank God for Grace and Forgiveness. There have been many times throughout the years, especially this one, where we couldn’t have made it if we didn’t have a strong Faith in God and the power of prayer. We’ve seen small miracles happen this year. I’ve witnessed big miracles in the past. I’m still praying for big miracles in the days to come. Nothing is too big for God.
I’m thankful for my husband. He’s not perfect by any means, but he is such a blessing to me. He is my rock. He would do anything for the kids and I, and most of the time, that goes unappreciated by them (which you expect…but as they get to be adults you expect at least a little appreciation). He busts his butt all the time providing for us, so that we can have a roof over our heads, so that we can have food on the table, clothes to wear and health insurance, etc. He’s put his health on the back burner for years, and he’s paid a price for that. He could have taken the easy way out and been a dead beat dad…but that’s not the kind of man he is. I’m proud to call him my husband. I’m proud that he is the father of my child. He’s my best friend…I’d truly be lost without him. He really is my soul mate.
I’m thankful for my children. Even when they are at their brattiest, they are mine and I love them. I pray for their health and safety every day. I am thankful for my stepchildren. They’ve been a big part of my life for over thirteen years, and I love them very much. I also pray for them every day.
I’m thankful for my mom and brothers. I love them dearly. I’m also thankful for having a home, a working car, electricity, food on the table, clothes and shoes on my feet. I’m thankful my husband has a steady job that pays very well that comes with great benefits. So many people do not have even half of what we do. I’m thankful for my friends and church.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Thank you!