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My heart has been beating irregularly since Monday.  So this morning I thought I better call the doctor and figure out what it is.  They sent me straight to the E.R.  (sorry for freaking you out Kathy).

They ran an EEG, EKG, did a chest x-ray and lab work.  They found my heart is taking an extra beat and that I’m low on potassium and magnesium.  They gave me supplements and sent me on my merry way. 

So half the day was spent with the awesome people at Holland Hospital’s Emergency Department.  Jill happens to work in the E.R. so when she heard I was there, she drove over and hooked me up with all the greatest amenities (the cleanest bathrooms, disinfected x-ray room, etc – you know, the important things). 

I tell ya, just when you think you’re in the home stretch and it’s nothing but smooth sailing from now til surgery, something like today happens and throws ya for a loop.  I AM READY TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE!  I was looking forward to bringing Brooke to school and spending the day with Kathy and the babies. 

Speaking of surgery, I was supposed to have an appointment with Dr. Hoberman (surgeon) today, but had to reschedule due to the E.R. visit.  It sounds like my surgeries are scheduled for October 23.  That also happens to be Brooklyn’s 6th birthday.  Don’t tell Brooke that my surgery will be on her birthday.  We’ll figure something out for that.  I was hoping to have the surgeries sooner, but they need to wait at least six weeks after my last chemo to perform the surgery.  It gives my body time to recover I suppose.

Thank you Kathy for taking care of Max, Samantha and Brooke today during all the drama.  Thanks mom for taking me to the E.R., bringing Brooke to and from school and being there.  Thank you Jill for coming to the hospital even though you knew I’d tell you not to.   

This is so exhausting.  I’m sick of cancer living my life. 

However, I know I’ll feel better soon and will rejoin society.  Go to Brooke’s soccer practice and games.  Seeing our small group Monday night.   Normal stuff.

And my heart is still beating irregularly…

14 Responses to “Heartbeat”

  1. Dani says:

    Oh Lindy! What will be next? Hang in there you are in my thoughts and prayers as always.

  2. Jana Ver Beek says:

    Casting Crowns has a song….”Praise You in This Storm”….
    The chorus goes like this.
    “I’ll praise you in this storm
    and I will lift my hands.
    For You are who You are
    no matter where I am.
    Every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in Your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise You in this storm.”
    God is with you, Lindy and so is everyone who loves you!
    Take your supplements, eat bananas, whatever it takes to strengthen you up for your surgery.
    Love, Jana

  3. julie sal says:

    We’ll pray for your heart to be normal again along with your life in general. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly. Whenever I think I’m going to lose my patience over cleaning the potty rim (tmi?) one more time (gotta love boys), I think of you. I rationalize “Lindy would be thrilled to be doing mundane mommy duties right now.” I pray that you’ll be strong from now til surgery and there after. I’m sure you’ll be cleaning again soon enough–rest!

  4. Jen TenHarmsel says:

    Was just thinking of you earlier today when I looked at your blog to see if there was a new update. I was hoping for one a little bit more cheery and I know you were hoping for a better day- just remember you’re getting there one step at a time. You are still in my thoughts and prayers daily and God will get you through this look how far you have already come!!! Keep your chin up!!!

  5. Rachel Baird says:

    Good gravy, Lindy, you just can’t catch a break! This cancer business sucks. I came across this verse today and immediately thought of you: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 – I’m praying today that God literally strengthens that heart of yours and that it returns to a normal heartbeat.

  6. Kim Lubbers says:

    Oh girl….. you have been through enough already! I was driving through Zeeland today and saw your mom pushing the twins smiling as she walked and at that moment I prayed for you and that very soon you would be pushing those sweet babies down the sidewalk:) What a blessing your mom is!!!:)

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