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Dustin Ver Beek

This is going to be a quick update with a bunch of spelling and grammatical errors.

Last Tuesday I woke up not feeling very well and couldn’t stop burping. It got worse as the day went on. My stomach got bigger and more sore but we went on to U of M anyway for our early morning MRI on Wednesday morning.

Thursday I had my first chemo infusion with my stomach looking 6 months pregnant and constant burping.  Jill went to chemo with me and commented on my distended stomach.  Not only was it huge it hurt!  On Friday, Jill called me from work. I ended up in Holland Hospitals ED Friday morning. I had an EKG, Echo, x-ray, ultrasound, lab work and it was found the fluid around my heart had increased dramatically causing my heart and everything down the line to work overtime.  I went into V tach right there in the ED. Crash cart and everything. I nearly died. It was a big deal.  They got my heart under control took me into surgery and drained 600ml off out of the pericardium.  Spent the night, my pericardium filled with more fluid and a sheath was put in and I was transferred to the Spectrum Heart Center ICU.  I’ve been at Spectrum since last Saturday.

On Tuesday, I had a window (hole) put into the pericardium of my heart so if it fills with more fluid it will drain out on its own.  I now sit with two drains coming out of my chest, a hefty scar and a drip of heparin.

Two things will get me home:

1. The drains have to come out.

2. I have to be switched over to coumadin.

We ask for NO visitors (immediate family only) and lots of prayers. Please contact Dani, our point person with questions.

47 Responses to “Update”

  1. Deb Huizenga says:

    Oh Dusty & Lindy–Praying, Praying, & Praying that things get under control, and that you feel God’s presence through the prayers of others!

  2. Miska Rynsburger says:

    Oh Lindy, Home! Home! Home!….praying that the drains come out, your body accepts the meds and you can go home to recover with Dusty and kids all around. Lifting you in humble and bold prayers to the throne of our loving Father.

  3. Amy Sluiter says:

    Praying, praying, praying for health and healing and for you to be home with your family very soon! Lots of love and hugs to you!

  4. Marlys Geerlings says:

    Praying that you and your whole family will feel God’s presence as you are in the hospital. Hope you can come home soon.

  5. Christina Adamski says:

    Prayers always Lindy. Bless your heart (really!!), you are such a fighter. You can do this and you can come back home to your family. Thinking of you!

  6. Kim Lubbers says:

    Praying that you can come home to those precious kiddos soon!!! Praying you can get those awful drains out and feel comfortable!! Hugs and LOTS of prayers for you girl!!!

  7. Sandra V. says:

    Praying for you! Hope all goes better than expected and that you can be home where it’s more comfortable.

  8. Barb Dannenberg says:

    Our family is praying for you, Lindy!

  9. Peter says:

    Keep fighting Lindy

  10. dad ver beek says:

    Hi Lindy…. I still believe that you are the most beautiful person inside and out laying therte in that hospital bed. You are a gift to our family. Love Papa Dale

  11. julie s says:

    Praying for you! Praying for you to return home soon!

  12. Jana Ver Beek says:

    You’ve come a long way in the last three days since surgery…it amazes me the strength and resilience you have. Through the ups and downs of emotions your faith is still there.
    You know that I am praying you home to your kids and Dusty.

  13. Amy Machiela says:

    You guys are on my mind and in my prayers constantly, but will add extra special prayers for healing and a release from the hospital so you can be home with your sweet sweet family. Love and hugs!!!

  14. Jan Redder says:

    Praying for you and your family everyday….

  15. Rachael Budiwarman says:

    Lindy, I am so sorry to hear about this! Praying hard that you get those tubes out and can come back home soon to your family!

  16. Vicki Zylstra says:

    We are praying often through the day for you! Praying for healing and comfort for your body and that you can return home to your precious family soon. Much love to you and your family and support network!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Praying for you, Lindy.

  18. Lynette says:

    You know you are always surrounded by lots of prayers, but even more so now! Hugs and prayers!

  19. Adams Clan says:

    Sweet Lady and family,
    We are praying for you fervently. You have been through way too much. Will continue to lift you up and believing for an incredible turn around. Love to all.

  20. Christa Meeuwsen says:

    Praying, Lindy! You are one strong gal and constantly amaze us all by your strength and faithfullness! Praying you get home soon and that they have your excess fluid under control. Keep lo
    oking up!

  21. Tracey Willemstein says:

    Lifting you entire family up in prayer!

  22. Carrie S says:

    Lindy, you are an inspiriation to so many people. We pray for you and your family so often.

  23. Rebecca Reed says:

    All day prayers coming your way Lindy!

  24. Robyn Stephenson says:

    Brian and I are praying for healing of course. But we know all too well how long hospital days are especially filled with a battle between hope and fear. So our prayer is for fortitude, patience and grace until you are home again. With much love for you and all of your family.

  25. barb baumann says:

    Ted and I are praying for you…

  26. Anonymous says:

    Praying, praying, praying for you Lindy, love you!

  27. Susie Eakey says:

    You and your family are in our prayers!!

  28. Michelle says:

    Prayers, love, hugs, and healing thoughts going out your way.

    Also praying for patience and a miracle.

  29. Greg says:

    Praying for you all!

  30. Anonymous says:

    We are keeping you all in our daily prayers.

  31. You and your family are in my prayers, wishing you return to your home soon.
    warm regards!

  32. JOANN says:

    Man, that stinks! Praise God you were where you were at the right time. Stay strong and take things one battle at a time, even though there seems like there are so many right now. Remember that God is in control. Keep your focus on Him, and remember how unfathomable His love is for you, even though you feel bummed. Micah 7:8-9 Do not gloat over me, my enemy
    though I have fallen, I will rise
    though I sit in darkness,
    The Lord will be my light
    Many prayers to you throughout my day,

  33. Jamie DeRuiter says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you will be able to go home soon.

  34. Aunt Shirley and Uncle Gary says:

    You are in our prayers ALL the time and pray that you can go home soon. I will be with you – He promises that and it sounds like his angels were over you in the ED and are covering you with His love even during those long nights. Love you so much.

  35. Joy Koning says:

    praying for you and your family….you are always on my mind and in my thoughts. praying that you can come home soon!

  36. Megan VK says:

    How very scary! Praying that you’ll be able to go home soon. Thank you for the update! I will continue to pray hard for you.

  37. Tracy Amid says:

    Sending lots of prayers!

  38. Susan Weisenfeld says:

    Lindy, Dustin…Thinking of you !

  39. karen says:

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are the toughest pt. I ever and will ever have!!!

  40. Shana Anglin says:

    Thinking of you. Continued prayer and positive thoughts.

  41. Aunt Pam says:

    Dear Dear Lindy, You are such an inspiration to all of us. You continue to be in our prayers as well as your entire family. This is so hard on all of you. We are constantly lifting all of you up to God’s care, and ask His will be done as well as peace and comfort to all of you. Luv you !

  42. karen A says:

    We continue to pray for you and your family.

  43. Niki says:

    We are praying for all of you – we wish we could all take up a day and fight for you to give you a day off from this battle. Love, Niki and Kevin

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Prayers for you Lindy, and your family.

  45. Mitch and Christy VanKoevering says:

    We continue to pray for you and your family everyday! We love you guys so much and pray God gives what you stand in need of! If you need some company, let me know Lindy, I am always here (at least it seems that way) at HDVCH. Love you!

  46. Lil Koning says:

    Praying for you.

  47. Dusty & Lindy
    word cannot discribe the saddness I feel ,but God has a plan
    many many prayers going up for you
    I believe in Miricles for I believe in God
    Blessing ,love & prayers for the whole family
    Jerry & Donna Driesenga

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