Monday, the Start of Week 3

We had a friend stay at the hospital last night so that I could go home and sleep.  I arrived this morning to find out Mike is headed for minor surgery today.

Yesterday Mike was having severe pain in his right calf.  A priority ultrasound was ordered at 5 p.m.  Unfortunately, emergencies have higher priority, so he did not get in until 10 p.m.  They found a blood clot behind his right knee.  Since he has just had brain surgery, they do not want to use blood thinners.

The vascular guy was just in.  He described the filter that they will put into the vein at the top of his leg.  This will trap any clots that might form and prevent them from progressing to the lungs.  If clots are trapped, there may be some discomfort, but a major problem will have been prevented.

Mike told me to be sure I don’t make a big deal out of this.  Quite honestly, this feels like a finger stick or something equally insignificant compared to what we’ve gone through.

We had a good conversation with the vascular doctor.  He said that he felt so sorry that we had to go through this.  One day all is well, then there’s a seizure and the roller coaster starts.  He asked why God would give a preaching pastor something that takes his speech away.  Mike said that others have worse problems than us and then gave the answer he always does and we know to be true, “Because this is how God can be most glorified.”  He then quoted, “God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.”  We also think the speech will be all the way back, so that is not even worrying us a bit.


5 thoughts on “Monday, the Start of Week 3”

  1. Mike and Karla,

    Sorry to here of another surgery. I too, had a filter placed after the pulmonary embolism and still have it. Dr. Shields was my vascular doctor, great guy!

    Would like to get back up to say ‘Hi’ but I’m on call this week, so please know that we are checking the web and praying everyday.

    God Bless,
    Randy & Rita


  2. We are continuing to pray and pray.
    I’m so thankful that the clot stayed in his leg and didn’t cause more problems.
    God is carrying you each day, and many saints are praying!
    We love you!
    Craig and Angie


  3. Mike & family. Our church brought your name up for continued prayer. Sounds like you have been through so much but keep the faith. I have been reading your entries here and have reported them to our church family. Please know that we all pray for a wonderful recovery. The power of prayer is quite remarkable – praise God!

    Bob & Lynne and the Presbyterian Church family


  4. When other’s ask why….

    Your conversation with the vascular doctor reminded me of another pastor I heard on Dr. Dobson’s radio program some years ago. He was the head pastor of a church whose denomination did not believe God still heals today. In short, this man contracted a virus and completely lost his voice. If he tried to talk, it came out as a high-pitched shreek, clearly a problem for the pastor who preaches from the pulpit every Sunday. He resigned, but the church kept him on in other functions.

    Three years (yes, three) later someone invited him to teach a Sunday School class. He was eager to teach! But his voice had not recovered, and so he struggled, he finally decided to accept the offer. Now, this class was the only class taught during Sunday School that was recorded, so they micked him up, and he began teaching. His chosen text? Isaiah 53. He began reading it, explaining as he went. Then he came to verse five:

    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

    As he spoke, “with his stripes we are healed” God healed his voice. You could hear the listeners faintly in the background begin to praise God as the reality of what God had just done for him dawned on this pastor.

    And it was all recorded.


    The pastor at first could not believe it, then began weeping over what God had done. Remember, he belonged to a church that taught specifically God does not heal today.

    Silly me is sitting here crying just thinking over this. I wish I could remember this guy’s name, and I have a tape of the show somewhere in this house…and I may get the gumption to look for it just for my own knowing, but maybe you two have heard about this pastor.

    Anyway, your response, “…this is how God can be glorified,” rings true still today as when those words first fell from Jesus’ lips. That God can bring such beauty out of ashes, glory out of suffering, truly is a testimony to His glory.

    I’ll pray for good traveling weather.


  5. Karla, thank you so much for keeping us updated. We constantly pray for your family and have our prayer warriors working overtime down here! The blog brings the message urgency and the need for prayer to those who know and those who don’t know you but are praying for you. It is so wonderful that you know God and can find comfort in all things. Love, Darlene


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