Saturday, February 28

Mike slept about 5 hours, and I slept about 9, so the day started on a better note.  I got to the hospital at about 7:00 this morning and Dr. Meyer arrived around 8.  He always comments that he knows nothing about cardiac care, which is one reason Mayo works.  Everyone knows their specialty and they don’t pretend to know about anything else.  They talk when they need to and go from there.

Dr. Meyer said that he expects this to set him back 2-3 weeks neurologically, so basically back to where he was immediately following AVM surgery.  We also will not how this will affect him long term for a long time.  The plan is to get him back to rehab when he is ready and go from there.  Dr. Meyer is still suggesting a month of inpatient rehab here and then probably a couple more months back in Des Moines, followed by outpatient rehab.  So, we are in for a long haul.

Dr. Sundt, the cardiac surgeon, followed a short time later.  He showed us pictures of the clots he removed on Thursday.  Yikes!  The one in his heart was 7 cm long.  There were two other pictures of many smaller clots they removed from both the right and left lung.  When this is over, I am going to ask Dr. Sundt for a copy of those pictures so that I can put them on the blog.  He is now on coumadin to prevent further clots.  They are also bringing in hematology to see if he has a clotting disorder.  They will do a follow-up CT with contrast on Monday to make sure that the filter is in place and check out other areas.

Dr. Meyer commented that if we had taken him home for rehab he wouldn’t have survived.  Then later the nurse said that in any other situation he would have died.  He told us that Dr. Sundt specializes in this kind of surgery and he “just happened” to be on call Thursday.  We all know that he did not just happen to be on call.   Nor did I just happen to spend the night with Mike instead of heading back to Iowa like he wanted me to do.  I should probably show a timeline of what happened so that people can see all that God did.  I’ll work on that sometime.  For now, suffice it to say, all of our days are numbered before one of them came to be, and Mike’s days are not up yet.

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11 thoughts on “Saturday, February 28”

  1. Praise God! Karla, He WILL heal Mike yet – and in the process. Just keep trusting “In His time!”

    We love you,
    Bill and Barb

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  2. We continue to praise You, God, from whom ALL blessings flow!!

    As we prepare to head for District Conference it occurs to me that it would be a great aim for Mike to plan to speak at next year’s conference!! We would all be so uplifted to hear him speak of God’s sovereign control – a favority subject of his!! (I know, I am not the planner of such events – just something that came to my mind!!)

    We continue to uplift you all – Mike-Karla-Kids-Crossroad-extended family – before our Mighty God!
    Love,
    Terry & Karol

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  3. I can’t even imagine the plan God has for Mike, you and the family. Mike will definitely be a testament to the power of prayer and the true meaning of having a strong faith in our Heavenly Father. With him all things are possible. Praise God!!!!

    I am so looking forward to seeing ALL of you this summer!

    Much love and Prayers,
    Cousin Kim

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  4. BLESS YOU GIRL!!!!
    HE IS CARRYING YOU!!!!!!
    I HEAR IT IN YOUR TONE, SHARING,,,
    GOD IS AMAZING!!!!!
    I JUST AM SHOUTING FORM THE ROOF TOPS…..
    YOU ARE SO RIGHT IT IS NOT MIKE’S TIME….
    IT WILL SO NEAT TO GATHER ALL THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE THUR THIS UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE…
    I KNOW GOD IS MAKING ALL OF OUR FAITH STRONGER….
    KEEP PRAISING HIM…..
    CONTINUED PRAYER….

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  5. Just more proof that God is in control!!!! We praise God for all things and trust in Him completely. Know we are praying for all of you. God Bless

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  6. We are reading regularly and praying. Also wanted you to know that if you meet a nurse named Garth, he and his family are former BBC missionaries, back for about a year now. I just found out today from his wife, Stephanie, that he works in cardiac at St. Mary’s. It’s a huge place, but just in case . . .

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  7. praying for you – Mike & Karla!!
    Truly “our times (lives) are in HIS hand,” Ps. 31:15b & “My flesh & my heart fails (falters
    in weakness). but God is the strength of my
    heart, and my portion forever. …… “it is good
    for me (us) to draw near to God, …. that I may
    declare all Thy works (to others).” Ps. 73:26
    & 28. Keep looking up to HIM!!!

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  8. Greetings. The Mission Committee of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls became aware of Pastor Mike and Karla through mutual friends, Shannon and Lisa Sandquist who are serving with Navigators in Singapore. Please know that many at Nazareth are praying for you and with you.
    Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22

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  9. Karla – Thanks so much for keeping us updated – we are praying for Mike’s speedy and full recovery, and also that God will sustain and comfort you and the rest of the family throughout! Dori & Mark

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  10. Hang in there Miss Karla! God is with you Girlfriend! I know ou know that. One day looking back this will all seem but a moment. We continue to pray daily, and often hour by hour as the Lord leads us to.

    “Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you”, for He promises us, “Never will I leave you nor forsake you”!

    Have a beautiful Sunday praising our Glorious Creator!!!

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  11. Mike and Karla,
    We read the blog regularly and are praying for you! God is truly in control as we all read in Saturday’s blog. If only the world could see how God’s timing is perfect in all situations. Hang in there, Karla!! Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time!

    Damian and Mardi Peasley
    Madrid, IA

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