I am home and recovering nicely. I do have to take blood thinners in the morning and at night to prevent the stent from closing. It’s a small price to pay for pain-free chest and arm pain. As I look back on the experience from the start of the chest pain to right now, I have so many places where the Lord intercepted and intersected my life to get my attention.
The first intercept happened when I decided to contact a doctor to get my chest checked out. You see, when I have any pain, I don’t take medication to relieve the pain. I believe it’s there to get us to slow down and allow the body to heal itself of whatever obstruction that is causing the pain. In this instance, I was trying to seek out medical help as I knew that this was more than a passing pain. For me to seek help for this is truly a divine intercept.
I was in Nadine’s shop and was trying to connect with my old doctor when she heard from the next room my conversation and came into the room asking what I was doing. God knew that this process needed to be speeded up and He made her aware of something she needed to be a part of. I did say that she was angry because she is my wife but had been left out of the situation, but she quickly shifted into action and got the name of an Internist that I could call.
I called the new doctor to get an appointment. I assumed that it would take a few weeks, but he had an opening in three days and I got off the phone with an appointment in less than 5 days. In his office, the doctor did some ordinary tests, asked me several questions, and then stated, “I am really concerned about the symptoms you are having. We need to get these chest pains checked out immediately.” He realized he was dealing with a real problem. God was divinely intercepting the doctors perspective to give him wisdom as to what possibly could be going on. The internist realized he needed a speciality doctor to take over and called his friend, the cardiologist who over the phone set up an appointment for the next day. Unheard of right? Divine intervention.
Within a week of meeting the cardiologist, I was given an ultrasound, EKG, Nuclear stress test, chemical stress test (because I failed the Nuclear one), had two meetings with the cardiologist, had an angiogram and put in a stent. All in one week. From my first doctor visit to the hospital, the time frame was two weeks. Divine intervention.
While I was having my angiogram, I was awake and my cardiologist close to the end of the procedure said to me, “This was an excellent outcome. It was more than excellent.” He is a man of few words, but I gathered from him that he was overwhelmed by the positive outcome of the procedure. I can only conclude that it was the hand of God working in and through the doctors that caused this response.
Finally, I see where God’s intersection in all of this came from my attitude through this one month plus process which I have detailed in this series. I was totally calm and at peace, knowing that the Lord was guiding and directing my initial searching out a doctor to the final outcome. This peace culminated when I was lying on the operating table and was watching the procedure throughout without being queezy or fainting. There was a lot of blood, but I layed there asking questions of the doctors throughout the process. That is a miracle.
On this journey, there will be times when it becomes evident that the Lord is right there beside you as you walk along, especially when the road gets tough. He does care for his own children and those who put their trust in Him. It’s never too late to turn to the Lord for help and guidance for whatever you are facing.
Jim, You are the ripe age for such things – praising God for a speedy turn and restored health. Stay that way! Blessings,
don & Mary Jane