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For those who may not yet know Nathaniel drove himself to Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, WA December 29, 2008 in the wee hours of the morining. I received a call midmorning from a Dr. Lee they were transferring him to UW Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Lee informed me he had a rapid heart beat (169)and they could not figure out what was going on possibly an infection and to get to the UWMC. He is 28 and reasonably healthy!
After going to the library to get on the net and get out an urgent prayer request I got instructions on how to get here and hot foot it over. I have been staying here since.
They had the top heart transplant team on his case and were doing all they could to support his life while they ran tests to figure out what was going on. The process of elimenation is painstaking at best but they were all so kind and caring to both of us. They were using medication to lower the heart rate but having little success. He had a couple of cardiac caths and they decided to work for one more hour or so with the medication and had some success until he had a bout of pain and the numbers increased again.
I talked with Dr. Fishbein after the cath that evening here and they decided to put in an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assistive Device) to let the left side of his heart rest and hopefully heal. It pumps for the heart pushing the blood in and out and is quite a sight! They brought one up to show me what it looked like and how it would work! That was done Tuesday the 30th.
His Dad left Southern California that day drove up arriving News Morning and stayed through the Friday afternoon leaving after they opened I-5 after the flooding in Chehalis!
The numbers improved some but the left atrium still was like a locomotive out of control and racing down hill without brakes and no way to stop it. They decided to do an ablation and attempt to kill the rythmn. It went so successful they were done about 20 minutes sooner than if they had not had to go through the right side to the side of his heart.
The numbers steadily improved and his heart rate had dropped to around 89 but began to climb again later on. I went straight to Father asked what was going on and He told me Nathaniel was resisting His call to come home and causing the heart that was willing to work harder. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. so prayer began for him to surrender. They did an echocardiogram to check on his heart output and it was good then. As his heart rate climbed back to around 130 they decided to do another echo! I stood and watched this one and Father revealed some interesting spiritual things to me that indicated the enemy was working overtime to take this one out, but once revealed to the light his time is very short.
I left the hospital Saturday around noon. Nathaniel was struggling with indigestion and was given some medication to help him out!
He still has almost no appetite and only takes in any nourishment mouth because he knows he must. They have put a feeding tube in through his nose he is getting nourishment but the hunger thing is a struggle. With the LVAD and the part that is internal it takes up room and helps with the decreased appetite. By the way it is an external device that lasy on his abdomen.
Continue praying and thank you all for all your prayer support. We could not do this without you and your whispered prayers all through the day and night.
When I returned today he told me it had been a sleepy day and closed his eyes as I left the room.
I will continue to stay here until we know what will happen. He still may be facing a heart transplant. Right now he needs prayer for his relationship with Abba Father. Connie a friend of mine saw Jesus standing at the foot of his bed and I will be talking with him about that! It will be interesting to see his reaction to it.
Well I am going to get out the message concerning this website so you all can visit and learn the latest. I just wanted to leave a short update for now!