Walking Through Life One Step at a Time

Walking Through Life One Step at a Time

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Matters of the Heart....

There are 3 things that I believe all true Southern girls love:

1. Sweet Tea
2. Biscuits and Gravy
3. Their daddies

Perhaps I should have put Dads first because my dad is at the top of my list.  I love both of my parents dearly, but I am a daddy's girl at heart.  This doesn't mean that we never had any arguments...Lord only knows how my parents survived my teenage years (I was HORRID)!  But I  also know how fortunate I am to have 2 men in my life who love me unconditionally.  My daddy is the first, and my "dad approved" husband is the 2nd.  I also love knowing that if my husband ever did anything to hurt me...my daddy would kill him...for reals.

So with my dad being the topic, I wanted to share the miracle God has recently worked in my family...more specifically...in my dad's body.  Just wait till you read this.....

My dad had been having some pain that felt like digestion issues/heartburn, etc.  After some time, they decided to head to the doctor.  His family doctor sent him to Sanger Clinic (which was closed)...who sent him back to his family doctor (which was also closed by then)...so he ended up at Urgent Care.  They did some blood work, mentioned gall bladder issues, and sent him home.  I don't remember all the ins and outs from there, but somehow dad ended up having a stress test last Friday.  I was surprised when I got a call from Matt at work saying that they had seen the results of the stress test and had taken dad immediately to the hospital.  Now...I wouldn't consider myself an extremely emotional person, but when it comes to matters of my parents...I am a big ol' baby.

That Friday afternoon was horrible...sitting and waiting on news from my mom...wondering what was going on...and feeling like I should be there.  I knew I couldn't do anything, but I just wanted to be there.  Those are the moments that I hate living away from home.

When we got the phone call, mom had found out the details from the doctor. 

Here are the FACTS:

1. My dad has suffered from several (# unknown) "silent heart attacks".  This means that he doesn't have the typical symptoms of a heart attack.

2. My dad's main artery is 100% blocked...yep...you read that right...totally blocked...MAIN artery.

3. His other 4 arteries are each 25% blocked.

Here is the MIRACLE:

My dad's body miraculously MADE ITS OWN BYPASS.  We saw it with our own eyes on his "tree" that the doctor printed for us.  Had his body not done that, our family's reality would be a lot different now.  The doctor says it is not impossible for this to happen...but it's very rare.  He could not explain it.  Of course not.  Miracles are hard to explain.

The Aftermath:

Dad is on several medications and starts a rehab type program this next week.  They are hoping with medicines and monitored exercise that the arteries will begin to expand and blood flow will be better.  The next big date is June 22nd.  If by this point, there is still pain happening, open heart surgery may become necessary.  We are praying that this does not have to happen.

A lot of people have asked me why I didn't post all of this on Facebook, and I really don't have an answer to that.  I guess it was just one of those personal things that I didn't want to quickly "air" and have 750 comments of "I'm sorry" and "I'm praying for you"...I think I felt like that would be just too overwhelming.  Of course, I let those close to me know what was going on so that they could begin to pray, but sometimes FB just seems like too much of people airing out their dirty laundry for sympathetic comments.  I wanted to take the time to process and understand what happened, so I could make sure ALL the details were shared.

I do hope you will continue to pray for my dad.  Not because all of you know him, but because you know me.  And not because you all love my dad, but because you love me.  Daddy always told me that GOD told him at a very early age that HE would bless our family.  HE has...and HE continues to...in ways just like this.

And here's a face to remember when those prayers are going up....

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder...

I know you've missed me.  I know the 16 of you who actually read my blog have been waiting with anticipation for my next entry.  I will make you wait no longer....

Get ready to read the most boring post ever. ;)

We are on the countdown to summer here in the Mallery home.  We are at 2 and 1/2 weeks and I. can't. wait.  I'm ready for a summer filled with sun, fun, and lots of traveling!  It seems as the school year winds down, things really start to wind up for us.  We have been on the go a lot and enjoying every  minute of it!  So...here are the pictures to document all of our important (and not so important) events!

Guess who started playing hockey too? Jesus take the wheel!  Bring on the dental and E.R. bills! ;) (and yes...I made him let me take his picture and post it on here...what a sport!)

This is his "baseball ready"...ha!

Proudly displaying his city- scape at the Claxton Art Show!  So proud of him!

Honestly, this is better than anything I could do today!

Still playing (and loving) hockey!  We love it too!

Rachel had these napkins at our Cinco De Mayo party...I thought they were so appropriate! ;)

Rach and Delaney!

Daddy and Noah having some backyard fun.

1st grade teachers always look for a reason to party!  Cinco de Mayo was a great excuse!

Funny t-shirts of the night: "Yearbook.com-Greg Minardo".  Evidently, he looks like an ostrich when he runs..ha!

2nd funny t-shirt of the night...I'll let you read that one.

Noah decided to use the doggie door as his entrance/exit!

My sweet friend, Beth, with her baby girl.

Noah and Molly...snuggle buddies!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (or National Margarita Day)

Noah and his hockey buddy, Jaden.  Both are huge Shark fans!

Noah with his baseball team at the UT baseball game!

The UT team.  Side Note: I love men in baseball uniforms.  There is something so "old school" about them...I think they are just classic!

Noah and his team getting ready to run the field with the players.

Somebody was in the neighborhood and had to make a pit stop!  I love me some Delaney Jane!

And finally...my favorite picture of the bunch.  One of our 1st graders wrote a story about "HORSES"...except she forgot that extra "s" and the whole story is about "HORES".  The last page sums it up perfetly.

"Last, put all the HORES in the rodeo"

Let's just say we all laughed until we cried on the 1st grade hallway.  I can't think of a better place to put all of them either!  Well done, anonymous 1st grader, well done!

Keep Walking...and Laughing Hysterically.....