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May 10, 2020

Since Jaden's heart surgery in July of 2018, things have been pretty uneventful and full of first opportunities for him. He was a freshman this year and was able to play football for the first time. He enjoyed it and is looking forward to playing again this fall, Lord willing. A few weeks ago, he turned 16 and was able to get his driver's license in the mail, so that has made the feeling of being stuck at home a little bit easier.
As I write this, we are on the road to Mayo Clinic for Jaden's yearly testing and doctor's appointments. This past week, Jaden's doctor that monitors his ICD called to let us know his last ICD transmission showed some abnormally fast heartbeats called Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).  The SVT alone is not a huge deal; however, it can turn into a problem if not controlled. SVT can be genetic (in 10% of cases), or it can just develop for other reasons. I have SVT, so he can probably thank me for the excellent genetics ;) The 2 treatment options given to us include the use of medication or a heart cath with the possibility of a cardiac ablation. Both his ICD doctor & cardiologist feel that the cardiac ablation is the best option for him. They will need to do a heart cath first to determine what type of SVT it is and if an ablation is a possibility. If it is a "garden variety," there should be a 95% chance to cure it with an ablation. If Atrial Fibrillation causes the arrhythmia, an ablation will not work, and he will need to take medication instead. Jerad and I still have some questions before we plan to proceed and hope to get them answered tomorrow. Jaden is scheduled for a blood draw & COVID-19 test this afternoon in case we decide to have the procedure. Tomorrow he will have an ICD check, EKG, Echocardiogram, stress test, cardiac MRI, chest x-ray & we will meet with Dr. Cannon to discuss the procedure. If we chose the heart cath & possible cardiac ablation, it would take place on Tuesday morning. He will have to spend the night in the hospital, and we will see his cardiologist on Wednesday before heading home.

Prayer Requests:
  • Peace for Jaden. The only thing he has to compare this to is open-heart surgery. He would prefer never to go back there if he can help it!! Dr. Cannon said this would be a night and day difference, but unfortunately, his mind goes there.
  • That Jerad and I will have clear direction on whether this is the right decision for him. Putting him under anesthesia at a time with so many unknowns is a stressful thought.

We trust in God's plan and know that He goes before us.  We have seen Him work in so many ways already through this.  I am off work right now for 4 weeks, so I have been able to be present for both the boys since they need some structure. The boys and I have started going through the book of James since we are all home together. Jaden has also been doing a bible study in Philippians with his sweet girlfriend, Maggie. These scriptures have that have spoken to us this week. We continue to be amazed at God's leading know that His timing is perfect!!

Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.  Philippians 3:1

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy, for you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  James 1:2-4


Happy Mother's Day!! I pray that you will be able to spend uninterrupted time with your kids lately, as I have had the chance to do. It does a heart good!! I feel incredibly grateful today to be a mom of 2 boys that God has entrusted to me.





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