Welcome to Chuck's Caring Bridge. We thought it would be the easiest way to keep people up-to-date on how things go with surgery and then postoperatively when we may need help for the 4-6 weeks after. Thanks for all your prayers--all is well. I know Chuck will enjoy reading your posts.
On Dec3 Chuck began experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, and some nausea as we were walking up a hill in Kansas City. The same thing happened the next night as we were headed to a concert with friends. On Monday we went to the emergency room where they began testing and an angioplasty found 100, 90, 85, and 65% occlusion of his arteries. Because his symptoms had only been with activity, they put him on light activity and delayed surgery due to the overload of surgeries and the holidays. Chuck felt it was a gift from God that he could spend time with his family and really focus on the reason for the season. Which we did!
The bypass surgery is scheduled at the Mercy heart center on Friday, Jan 6 at 7 AM. We have friends coming on Wednesday night for a prayer gathering, and we have great faith in our healing Father and the skilled heart team. Isaiah 41:10 says "fear not for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will protect you and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
The other night when we were staying overnight with our grandkids 9 y/o Dawson was reading out of his Action Bible and said "grandma listen to this." Then he read Isaiah 41:10 to which I said "Dawson, that is my favorite scripture whenever I want to be reminded that God is with me and that we don't need to be afraid. We are praying that for grandpa!"
That is the scripture I'm saying over Chuck as his biggest anxiety is having a trach tube. Never mind cracking open his chest! Amazing that heart surgeries are so common and give new life to so many. I had a grandpa who died very young of heart disease and in this era something like this would have saved his life. How grateful we are for modern medicine. We know he will feel like a new man!
Will give an update Friday after surgery is complete.