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Heart Update a Month Later

Hey Guys!

It’s good to be back. If you live in Greenwood, then you’ve probably seen me around. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then this probably isn’t that new for you, but I wanted to bring everyone up to speed.

It’s been 32 days since my open-heart surgery. In some ways, time has gone by very slow and in others I can’t believe it’s been so long. I’ve been living with a pig valve and a cloth type insert..it’s crazy how technology advances! Everyday I get a step closer to the “old Nick” and I forget more and more than I just had major surgery. In two weeks, I’ll go visit my heart surgeon and he’ll release me to my normal doctors. I can’t wait!

I’m eager to start life again to the fullest (I’m on a lot of restrictions now).
I’m eager to begin preaching again (this coming up Sunday).
I’m eager to head back to the gym and work out.
I’m eager to drive!
I’m eager to just be me again.

Going through this process has been much different than any before. If you remember, this was my 4th major heart surgery.  God has been faithful along the way. I may write about things that I’ve learned along this journey and I may decide to keep those offline. But, I assure you that God is good. God sustains me and God has taught me a tremendous amount about himself.

Thank you for your prayers, cards, visits, food, and love.
Psalm 13:5, “I will trust in His unfailing love…”  (my theme verse for surgery)

2pm update

Nick is still doing ok. The pulmonary valve has been replaced with a pig valve and the aortic valve was able to be repaired with a sleeve. The sleeve will keep the aortic vavle from enlarging.

The doctors are doing an echocardiograph to check blood flow, make sure everythings pumping correctly, etc. If everything goes perfect he’ll be done in about an hour. If not they’ll go back and replace his aortic valve with a mechanical valve. Please pray everthing is perfect and a mechanical valve is not needed.

Thanks so much for your prayers!

Meet my wife…

lauraSince a lot of people will be asking questions about my open-heart surgery (sorry, I hadn’t announced it in my online life yet), we thought it would be a good idea to update people online. It’s easier and makes more sense. My wife, Laura, will be taking over the updates for the next couple of weeks. She’ll be armed with my personal computer/iPhone so she can snap pictures and update on a regular basis.

Please welcome Laura as she ventures into blogging for the first time! If you know anything about me, as soon as I can get my hands on a computer, I’ll be ready to come back!

My surgery is scheduled for this Tuesday, August 4th.

Prayers are appreciated!

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