David’s recent trip to the NRB Convention in Nashville, TN was a landmark recovery event, marking just over six months since his open heart triple bypass surgery.
The trip began with a one-day NRB Digital Summit with presenters from Facebook, Google and other industry recognized experts.
I was laying in bed the other night thinking about life and death. There are a lot of people in my life right now that are in serious health conditions. I thought for a minute about how terrifying it is that we are all hanging by a string, able to die at any minute. But then I thought about who was holding the string and the fear fell away.
From the moment I landed in Thailand till the moment I left I was surrounded by temples and idols. The temples stand out because they are big, beautifully colored and decorated buildings. Idols on stands housed by mini temples stood in front of shops and homes.
In the months following my heart attack and open heart surgery I’ve taken a lot of time contemplating how I got such serious heart disease and what I could do to prevent it worsening in the future. The greatest factor is probably heredity and it’s a little late to do anything about that.
Other significant factors that I can influence are diet, exercise and stress.
1 Kings 18:22-24 “Then Elijah said to the people, ‘I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.’ So all the people answered and said, ‘It is well spoken.’”
For the last year or so these questions and statements have plagued my heart and mind. How else should I answer questions and statements like that but with an emphatic “Yes!” But that’s not how I feel at all for the most part.
I’m a little nervous about being out all morning for the orientation. The longest I’ve stayed out since my last hospital stay has been about two hours. …And that has been mostly sitting around. Read the rest of this entry »
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When I first got the text from my grandpa about going with them to work in a conference in Thailand I had already been thinking and praying about going overseas with them again. Working with missionary children when I had gone to Slovenia a few years earlier had been such an encouraging, eye- opening experience.
I’ve never recovered from open heart surgery before and hope its something I never have to experience again. I always thought during recovery you progressively started feeling better. Although previous knee and back surgeries have been difficult, nothing has compared to the “roller coaster” recovery this has been.