|We celebrated our 20th wedding|
anniversary last week!
Mark was officially placed on heart transplant list on Wednesday, January 22nd. He currently is listed as a '1B' status which was initially such a disappointment as we were hoping he would be a 1A - top/urgent priority. Turns out his heart has responded favorably to the medication and there are others worse off than him which was hard for us to fathom at the time. The blessing that emerged as we let this news simmer a bit was that as a 'B' lister, Mark would be released from ICU to wait by the phone from home with an IV. This was contrary to the news we'd received earlier in the week that he wouldn't be returning home without a new heart or a VAD implanted heart pump. He was released on Friday night much to the joy of all of us, especially Paige & Reilly! He is already eating and sleeping better, perking back up in the comfortable environment of home! So grateful!
|'Sid and Sammy Seltzer' at Castaway|
Please pray that his tired, enlarged, damaged heart will hold on and that it can be sustained with this medication until a new heart becomes available. Our prayer is that he can avoid the VAD surgery and go straight to the only ultimate solution which is a new heart.
Pray for the donor and their family - I get choked up every time I think of them! To be able to make this generous decision in the midst of their grief, sorrow and loss will require courage and resolve. I have been an organ donor since I was able to make the choice at the age of 16. I've always wanted my viable organs to go to a needy person rather than into the ground upon my death - but also now realize the complexity that this decision creates for loved ones. Pray for a donor and family who can make this sacrificial choice.
Also, pray for us to make the most of each day we have together. We have been given a gift in that we know we have to live purposefully, in the moment, taking nothing for granted, focusing on the majors. Life together is truly a precious gift, not guaranteed or assured.
We pray that the blessing of your offerings for us will be returned to you 10 fold. We are grateful for your influence and presence in our lives - thank you for supporting us with your kindness and generosity!
|Great family times at Disney World!|