Mark Heilman | CaringBridge

Mark Heilman Mark's Heart Journey

First post: 9/5/2016 Latest post: 9/14/2016
AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Family, Friends and Acquaintances: I know this may seem inappropriate to send out this information this way, but I don’t want somebody else posting and me have to answer. I want you all to have the same information as I am having difficulty getting breath to speak about this situation at this time. I’m a Bible believer, so you’ll see some special verses I chose. God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. (Psalms 46:1-3)But know that I am still scared and worried, but the Lord is with me.Today, I woke up and yesterday’s nightmare is still with me. Lori feels like we’re on a roller-coaster. I’m thinking we’re at the 1st peak and there are many drops, twists, turns, loop-de-loops yet to come. At the end of the journey, we’ll look back on the blessings and the road we traveled and look forward to getting back to normal. GOOD NEWS! My heart muscle is strong and working well.MY CHALLENGE: All my major arteries to the heart and many of the other arteries have major blockage (100% in right). Yesterday’s procedure was to get balloons to open the arteries and stent to keep them unblocked.Sadly, the doctors confirmed that surgery is the only answer to gain full heart function and not to harm my heart. What this means is that I will have Heart Bypass Surgery in the next 2 weeks and recovery over 4-6 weeks (in Regions Hospital in St. Paul around 1 week).It may be Triple, Quadruple or more Bypasses. Sorry to be too specific but to avoid questions: they will cut into my sternum, spread it to do the surgery, do the bypasses and put me back together.I pressed many doctors over the last 15 years to get a baseline on my coronary system, but I didn’t exhibit any major symptoms. I still feel fine, although I’ve had a dull headache and uncontrollable weeping since yesterday’s news. I even went to Lifeline in April 2015 to get their superficial testing which reported I had a “mild risk” of Carotid Artery Disease. I can only blame myself for my condition. My recent family history shows that I am susceptible to this condition (although I far exceeded my parent’s conditions).I look forward to your thoughts and prayers. Don’t be concerned if I don’t respond to each of your encouraging posts. I’ve got the support of my family and friends, and they need our thoughts and prayers as well. Pray for the surgeon, doctors, and nurses for steady hands and their caring care of me. I know God has further plans for me and us. 
A Hymn that is speaking to me
Be Still My Soul, The Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grieve or pain.
Leave to your God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.

(Feel free to forward this information to other Friends, Family, and Acquaintances who are not on Facebook or email. Best to copy/paste to a new post to specific people so that this doesn’t get spread as broadly, in understanding of next phrase.)

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