Not as Hole-y as I Used to Be

Monday, March 04, 2013  ::  

I haven't updated you on my health lately because it has been difficult to know where to start. Many times I've started to write an update only to sit and stare at the screen. Today I am willing myself to get it done, so I better just jump in and skip anymore intro fluff. 

Many of you know that the cardiologist found a PFO (a hole) in my heart that allowed a clot to sneak through and cause the stroke. Skipping over a bunch of details, last Monday (February 25th) I had a procedure done to close the hole.

The procedure usually takes two to three hours, but it only took the doctor 40 minutes to plug the hole. He and his team used a catheter through my femoral vein to reach my heart. He told Chad the catheter went straight to the hole and he didn't have to search for it. We attribute this to all of the prayers being spoken on my behalf. Thank you!

This short animated video will give you an idea of what the doctor did to my heart. 


So now I have a titanium and nickel "device" in my heart that plugs the hole. God made our bodies so extraordinary that my heart will basically incorporate the piece of metal and heal around it. Strange. Can I feel it? Why, yes. Yes, I can. But, I actually can't. I just think I can because I'm weird/hyper-sensitive like that. Each time I "feel" it, I tell myself over and over, "You're fine. You can't feel it. You're just a freak." 

Recovering from this procedure is no stress or strain and rest for a couple of weeks. The doctors said I can return to normal activity in 14 days. So, next Monday I'm going to go out and run stadiums and sprints. Anyone want to join me? 

Just kidding. I'm so not doing that.

Actually, one of the most interesting parts of this health journey I'm on is to continue to learn to listen to my body and balance what each doctor tells me. The cardiologist is only speaking his suggestions for my activity level based on my heart. The neurologist is only speaking his suggestions for my activity level based on my brain. Neither doctor considers other parts of my body that may need rest and/or healing, so it's up to me (and Chad) to combine each doctor's wisdom to decipher what is best for me and our family. 

Even though my heart is on the mend, my brain still has some reconnections to make. The neurologist told me to expect about two years. I've got six months down, just a few more to go. Chad has been more free with me lately in relating ways he sees differences in how I interact with the world. He is so careful in what he shares with me because he knows I can't help the differences. He doesn't want to burden me with things I can't change. I'm grateful for his protection. My stubborn pride often wants to demand the information, but my respect and trust of him allows me to choose to simply believe that it is not the burden for me to bare at this time. Thank you for your continued patience as my brain takes its sweet old time fixing itself. I'm continuing to learn, trust, wait, pray... 

My family and I have been so supported by you in this process. Prayer, gifts, meals, and money are a few of the ways you have supported us. My love for my community continues to grow because of the love you've shown us. Thank you for loving us! We love you, too!

John 13:34-35 
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. 

10 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Angel, you are such a special person. I hope you heal up and keep doing the things you love with those you love. Take care and I am praying for you.
Melissa

Emily said...

Continuing to pray for healing for heart and brain. The next time you feel the metal, just remind yourself that you can smell things that aren't there too. ;) Love you Friend!

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Jenn said...

Thank you so much for sharing and allowing us to be a part of this journey with you and your family. Continuing to ask that God would show His power as Healer! Love you!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being so candid Angel! I know you know that we are praying for you, Chad and the most wonderful grandkids in the world!! And we are praying your wonderful church family.... the love they pour out on you blesses us also! We love watching how they are loving you!! Thank you Second Mile!! Love, Mary Jo Shaffer

Anonymous said...

You're amazing.

Anonymous said...

You are Amazing, God keep you and yours and bless each of you and all of you as a whole and what support you have, not only from your family; but from your church family as well, very touching. So glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery and being ever so dilegent in listening to your body and our Lords. You are an inspiration for all. Thank you for sharing with us. -Love, Thoughts, and Prayers
Vicki P

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Beautiful Angela Christine,
You are as precious to me as the day you were born! I am so very proud of you,consistantly impressed in the amazing person you have become. Many years have passed since you sat on my knee at the vanity playing with make-up while your brothers painted the house with water on their paint rollers.
Thank You God for my precious niece and her quick recovery!

Love all Haynes,
Aunt Martha


Shauna Okongo said...

Love you, Angel Haynes, prophetess and warrior. His glory is revealed even in this. Continue to lean in, my friend.

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