Welcome to our CaringBridge site for updates on John. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. I know John & Izzy will appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement.
As you can imagine, Izzy is overloaded with information, daily tasks and sheer exhaustion. So, we will do our best to keep you updated here, but feel free to reach out to me directly if you need more info. (Kimberly’s Cell: 817.975.7209).
To get you up to speed, John went into AFIB over the holidays. After conferring with a cardiologist about options, he went in for a cardioversion of his heart (a reboot basically). It worked ....but only briefly. After a month or so of more tests and weighing all options, he was scheduled to have the cardioversion procedure done again last week, but last weekend the AFIB got his heart rate high enough to start causing severe fatigue, breathing problems and fluid to start building up around his heart and in his lungs. So, pre-op turned into a trip to the ER on Monday, Feb. 17. He (and Izzy) have been at AMH ever since.
On Wednesday, doctors tried another cardioversion, with only about 12 hours of success. So, on Friday, Feb. 21, doctors took him to the OR again, to try an ablation. The procedure was to take up to 6 hours, but after 4 1/2, they stopped and moved him to the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU). His heart was too weak to finish the procedure and he still had too much fluid (Congestive Heart Failure) on his heart and lungs.
Since Friday afternoon, John has been on a ventilator, completely sedated and on paralytics to get his heart in better condition to try the ablation again at a later date.
Unfortunately, he has now developed fever and pneumonia in both lungs. The medical team has jumped on this pretty quickly to get it under control.
Obviously, things are fluid and developing quickly. Please pray for John’s complete healing, for Izzy to feel the constant love and prayer surrounding them both, and for the doctors and the entire medical team to be divinely guided in their care.