Serious heart and lung trouble

Discussion in 'Prayer requests' started by BrianK, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. You know, Brian, we used to have a MMP cenacle in my home years ago. It would take some time for me to evaluate why we no longer pray that way using the Blue Book’s messages which are beautiful, mind you. But the prayer you quoted I know very well and do pray it when I think its needed. In fact, I am actually still a registered member. We no longer have our books, but if Our Lady wants that all to happen again, she’ll need to send me a clear sign.:rolleyes:~AN
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  2. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    Honestly, although I went to an MMP cenacle throughout the 90s, I no longer follow the MMP or Fr. Gobbi, but I really like that particular prayer, and still say it with my Rosary to this day.
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  3. Suzanne

    Suzanne New Member

    I remember as if yesterday, his name began with an S and ended with an R. He was not a good representative of who he claimed to be.

    I'll be praying for you and all here as I go back to lurking, liking, and praying mode.

    God Bless you and all here and Mary keep us!
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  4. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

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  5. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    Tomorrow morning is the minor surgery to implant the bi ventricular pacemaker/ defibrillator. I’m told it often improves heart output because it strengthens each side of the heart’s contractions and makes them work together in rhythm. I hope so because the medications they’ve increased and/or added are really making me extremely tired and causing some orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when standing up, causing dizziness.)

    As I said, I never thought I’d have a pacer / defibrillator at age 54.

    The cardiologist’s notes after my heart cath mention referral to the transplant center for a possible heart transplant.

    That ain’t gonna happen. transplant industry
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  6. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat New Member

    Brian, I’ve been following news of your health issues and progress with interest.

    The pacemaker / defibrillator shoud make a big difference to your life. It has to mine.

    My infarction rate was down to 19% efficiency. A few months after the PM was fitted it was measured at 59%, considered somwhat miraculous by my heart surgeon.

    Here’s what I wrote at the time about the experience.


    Yesterday was the feast of St Hilary of Poitiers, a bishop and doctor of the Church who dedicated his life to opposing the heresy of Arianism and defending the truth of the Trinity.

    It was also a day when I was blessed with a personal experience of the Trinity working in my life and seeing how the Maker is three Persons in One. In my case it was a lesson in understanding how the Maker sets the pace in my life and kick- starts my heart when it begins to fail and become weak.

    I spent most of Wednesday in hospital, undergoing what is known as Cardiac Resynchcronisation Therapy with a Defibillator (CRT-D).

    The pacemaker (about the size of a matchbox) is fitted under the collarbone. Three wires (leads) are threaded into the chambers of the heart and then connected to the pacemaker for appropriate stimulation. Should any life-threatening heart rythmn occur then the built-in defibrillator can deliver an electrical shock to restore the heart to normal rythmn.

    And in a spiritual sense of the heart I’ve identified the three leads as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, stemming from the pacemaker, One God.

    I learned afterwards that inserting the leads was a ‘tortuous’ experience – the procedure took over three hours. I should have warned the surgeon that penetrating my heart can be sometimes like that!

    Such is technology these days, that the hospital can monitor my CRT-D device via a phone or the internet and call me in to make any necessary adjustments. In a spiritual sense, it’s somewhat like going to Confession, discussing any necessary changes to life and receiving absolution (resetting the tracer).

    And the penance? I’m not allowed to drive for six months! But like any penance, it is given for the recipient’s benefit, so with the extra walking my fitness levels should improve and hopefully the rhythm of my heart!

    Mary, Daughter of the Father, pray for us.
    Mary, Mother of the Son, pray for us.
    Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
  7. AED

    AED Powers

    Praying Brian!!
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  8. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    Wow! You really did have a miraculous improvement! I can only hope I get a fraction of that much improvement. (My heart muscle is mostly scar tissue from heart attack(s?) and ischemia now, so while it should keep things from getting much worse for a while, the possibility of improvement is lower.)
  9. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Well, with our prayers, the outcome might exceed your expectations. Please God.
    Praying all week long.
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  10. AED

    AED Powers

    Yes. Exactly HH. Intercessions going up.
  11. Jo M

    Jo M Powers

    Adding my prayers for a very successful surgery.
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  12. Mary's child

    Mary's child Powers

    Will continue to keep you in prayer.
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  13. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    My prayers are with you Brian. I know the frustration you feel regarding medications and the side effects of them. Hang in there Brother.
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  14. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    I’m now the proud owner of a shiny new combination bi ventricular pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

    Unfortunately I feel like I have chronic hiccups, my left side is moving with each beat like half a full blown hiccup now, like my diaphragm is jumping with each beat. I told the nurse it just doesn’t feel right so she’s going to talk to the doctor. They already grabbed a chest X-ray to see if the leads are in the right place.
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  15. Dawn2

    Dawn2 Archangels

    God bless you and heal you Brian
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  16. Dawn2

    Dawn2 Archangels

    I would like to request prayers for vandalism against me by neighbors will stop. Thank you.
  17. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat New Member

    Congratulaions, Brian!

    Sounds as the defibrillator is kicking in and some fine tuning is required. A five-minute job by a technician. You won’t even have to leave your bed.

    Happened to me when I had mine fitted.
  18. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Guest

    Thanks and praise be to God!

  19. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    Awesome! Finally, some good news!

    The cardiologist who placed the pacemaker was just in. He said diaphragm spasm is relatively common after placing a pacer and they can easily adjust the settings on my pacemaker to eliminate it. The rep for that company will make those adjustments in the morning.

    Also he feels the severe left bundle branch block I had was causing most of the collapse of the left ejection fraction.

    Over the next three months the pacer will remodel the left ventricle and shrink it and return it to a more normal size and shape. When that happens my left ventricle ejection fraction could return to my post heart attack normal of 40%!

    He said I can resume riding my bike, cutting firewood and driving in just a couple days, but overall I should feel better right away!
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  20. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat New Member

    Good news, indeed! :)
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