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Monday, March 24, 2014

On the Road to Recovery - LVAD Working!

9 IV Meds before surgery
Dr. Louis B Louis IV
Waves of relief continue to build and wash over us!  Unable to wait until Tuesday, Mark had the Heartware LVAD surgically implanted last Friday.  The LVAD, Dr. Louis Louis and his team and the Lord saved his life!  He is no longer dying...he's living again!

His recovery has begun in true Mark fashion!  Already up walking, no more IV's, tubes removed and he's requesting Famous Dave's for his first real meal post-surgery!  His sheer determination, resilience and drive kicked in immediately and he is attacking getting well like he's pursued other challenging opportunities throughout his life.

We are very proud of him - his calm resolve going into surgery carried the girls and I through a very difficult morning as he was wheeled away.  Your prayers and ours were answered in these moments as the Holy Spirit was present.... comforting, strengthening and protecting us beyond what our humanness could handle.  Mark's nurse, Tammy, during those critical days leading up to his surgery, ministered to all of us beyond any nursing training or expertise.  Dr. Peter Zimbwa circled up my sobbing daughters as Mark was wheeled away and in the most simple, kind way, infusing humor even, he calmed and comforted them...then made the sign of the cross.  Everyday heroes that stand in the gap for families and save the lives of their patients.

Mark has a long recovery ahead but thankfully so - please keep praying for him! We will continue to live one day at a time. We'll also be looking for opportunities to live differently as a result of this ordeal - seizing wonderful, ordinary days and making them extraordinary.  We feel compelled to pay all this forward that we've received from you!  I will advocate for organ donation and am thinking about becoming a living kidney donor once we get through this.  Mark will go back on the 1B heart transplant list once he recovers from open heart surgery in 6 months.  Our adventure continues...not an easy journey but we have our Lord to 'give us this day, our daily bread'.  Your love and prayers inspire and sustain us! 

15 comments:

  1. Jami, this note was absolutely beautiful. I'm just so, so happy that things have gone so well. Your living faith is just the greatest testimony I've ever heard. Tell Mark we love him and hope to see him in the near future if for just a few minutes.

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  2. Jami, Thank you for this post. I am so glad he is up and about.

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  3. I pray that Our Lord and Savior continues to hold you all in the palm of His hand. Praise God for your ongoing recovery, Mark.

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  4. Wonderful news Jamie. What an incredible journey indeed. May the Lord continue to give you all the strength and grace and joy you need each And every day! Sending love and prayers your way.

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  5. Praise be to God for all He has done. Thank you for sharing of this time in such beautifully crafted words, for allowing us to more clearly see your gracious and thankful spirit, for reminding all of us to seek joy even in the midst of painful unknowns, and for spreading the love of God and witnessing to his never-ending presence in our lives. Sending you love and peace and strength and laughter for now and ever more. Go Mark go!!! Amen. Amen. Amen.

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  6. Thinking about you guys and sending prayers, awesome news!!
    Take care!

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  7. In awe. With joy. PRAISING. Wow.

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  9. What great news!!! Mark and family - you continue to be in my thoughts - wishing you a healthy and stalwart recovery!
    Sam H

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  10. Praise be to God! We are so thankful that He answered prayers in His time and His way! No doubt that this journey has been such a living lesson to all of us who are praying with you and for you all! Blessings as you continue the journey, we will continue to lift you up in our prayers daily! Dennis and Rita Daugherty

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  11. Wow. I've been out of the loop. This was the first I'd heard about Mark. Bev (King) Palm forwarded an email to me. He's now on my prayer list! I personally got to see Floyd Henning at Frontier, by the way. Still one of the funniest programs I've ever seen! God be with you, my friend. He always is!

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  12. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers. I am so happy for your good news. Blessings to all of you.

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  13. Prayers are continuing for you and your family from many of us at Lee's campus. May your faith sustain you through this journey.

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  14. Thinking of you every day- such good news!

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  15. Praying for Mark's recovery and for ya'll to continue to feel God's presence

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