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October 18, 2010 - Back in the Hospital


Greg had an appointment this morning and the doctors decided to admit him to the hospital. His weight has spiked over the past week and the excess water is effecting him to the point where he can barely think straight, he is utterly exhausted, and he's having trouble breathing. He will be in the hospital until at least Wednesday so that they can use IV diuretics to take off the excess water and so that they can start him on the new medication I mentioned in my last post. It does appear that his heart is going in and out of atrial flutter - hopefully the new medication will fix that.

Greg is actually really glad to be going to the hospital this time - which shows how truly miserable he feels! We're at home right now waiting for the call from the hospital that there is a bed open for him. Greg fell asleep immediately after we got home from the appointment this morning and I'm hoping he'll continue getting good rest at the hospital too. Hopefully by the end of the week he'll be able to come home with a lot less water on board and feeling much better! Please pray that this medication would be really effective at preventing arrhythmias in Greg's heart. If the doctors cannot get his arrhythmias controlled they are going to need to put Greg on the "fast track" to transplant - and they, and we, don't want that. Also please pray that Greg and I would have a supernatural level of peace that is above our circumstances. To start the new medication they must take Greg off of one that has really been our safety blanket for nearly 2 years and his heart seems to be so dependent on it to be safe. We trust that the doctors know what they are doing but it's difficult to have that sense of security taken away.

When we got home from the appointment this morning I checked the mail and we had a flood of cards from so many of you reminding us of God's love and that you care for and are praying for us. I can't even begin to express how much of a boost that was for us! We were feeling really down about having to go back to the hospital again and hearing more difficult news, and then to get such encouragement in the mail was awesome. Thank you so much. Every card we receive feels like a much-needed hug!

Love, Elise

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