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Jan. 2, 2010 - First Blog Post

Many of you have been writing and asking how Greg is and so I thought I'd give you a quick update.

As you know, he had a bit of a setback after his cardiac catheterization and we really thought he might wind up being hospitalized, but they were able to get him feeling better by doubling his diuretics. Thankfully, it worked quickly and he became comfortable enough that they were able to travel to State College to see Elise's family for a couple of days (after the blizzard in Virginia!).

They had a couple of days at home alone which was great for them and then they came to our house on Christmas afternoon and were with us until Sunday morning when they traveled to Baltimore to take part in the Cru student Christmas conference. I was really concerned about him having to make that trip and be there with over 1000 people all week, but we did talk to him on New Year's Eve and they had survived! They were going to travel back to Virginia yesterday and I imagine they're sleeping in today!!! He said that he/ they were exhausted and he was feeling bloated, but they had managed to make it through. At this conference they have a worship service that starts late in the evening and goes until after midnight and so they "worshiped out 2009" and "worshiped in 2010". It was once again very meaningful to them both.

This Tuesday, Greg will be evaluated by Dr. Desai who is a heart failure specialist at the outpatient heart failure clinic at Fairfax INOVA hospital. He will undergo some diagnostic tests to see how well his heart and lungs are functioning to provide adequate oxygenation for him. He'll then have an appointment with the doctor and we think he will hopefully receive the results of his cardiac biopsy at that time. Our hope is that he'll be given some definite idea about what the doctors are planning in terms of open heart vs transplant.

Needless to say, this is all taking a toll on both of them. They are finding strength for each day in their faith alone and some days are better than others. Greg told us that he has been blessed over the past couple of weeks by feeling stronger in his faith than he had been for a while and we KNOW that is a direct result of your prayers for him. He and we are so grateful for your intercession on his behalf. He asked that we just continue to echo his own personal prayer that is for God to "meet him where he is each day". Some days are more consumed with physical need, some with emotional need and others with spiritual need. I believe that Elise is in that same situation.

I'd also ask that you pray that Dr. Desai is not only clinically excellent, but kind, caring and compassionate. No matter which way this goes, it's difficult, and so we pray that it is bathed in a spirit of true compassion.

Thank you for being on this journey with us. Your prayers for them and us all are keeping us afloat.

I wish you and your families a blessed new year.


Greg's Mom

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