Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lots Going On

There is a lot going on in our family this week. May I share?

I have had some issues with heart palpitations / shortness of breath / dizziness on and off for the past month or so. I went to see my GP about the issues a few weeks back, and was booked in to get a holter monitor (you wear for 24 hours for heart monitoring) on the 16th September. On Saturday morning, the palpitations got really bad. My heart was positively racing, despite the fact that I had had no caffeine or any other stimulants, and I was home alone teaching my piano students - my most relaxing day of the week! I wound up very short of breath, and very dizzy - and ended up going into the ER at our local hospital. To cut a long story short, I was in for about 5 hours, on an ECG and oxygen, and was diagnosed with PSVT - basically a rapid heart rate along with "extra" beats. It is unknown what caused this to happen, and numerous tests are being done to find out. Right now I am sitting here with the holter monitor strapped to my body (we were able to get it earlier based on the issues I had on Saturday) and have cords all over the place. It's not a pretty sight.

I must admit all this gets me pretty worried. I just want to be well to take care of my family. The thought of having a heart defect (yet to be determined) scares me - the thought of not being around to see my children grow up terrifies me (morbid I know, but the thought does cross my mind). Anyway, would you pray for me please? Lots of tests are being done this week so I am desperately hoping for some answers soon. God is giving me enormous peace and amazing support through some wonderful friends, which is helping so much. I know 3 people who work at the hospital, and all three were working the day I was in - and 2 of them, who are strong Christians, came and prayed with me while I was there. Amazing grace. :)

In other news, we are pondering deeply some big family decisions. Will we stay living here, or move back into town? Will we continue to homeschool next year, or will Saraya (and possibly Elijah) go to school? These are huge decisions, and I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom for us as we make these too. It is an interesting time. Lots and lots running through my mind. I feel God prompting me to relax, to trust, to rest, and not to worry. So I'm trying really hard. ;)

Life is filled with seasons. This one is a little hard because it is filled with unknowns. But I lean on this verse, and I am filled with peace.

"For I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11


Heather said...

These are tough decisions, and we're having to make some similar ones right now (we withdrew Cakie from preschool today, which solved one problem!) Let us lift each other in prayer :)

I hope you're feeling much better this week, and have no more scary episodes like you did on Saturday! Also, I love the pic of Saraya with the chicken. She is such a lovely little girl.

Kimmie said...

Praying for you. Luckily He only gives us one day at a time...rest in it and He will take care of everything else.

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Karen said...

Will pray...

AmFriend said...

Prayers for health and wisdom coming your way.

With PSVT, if you feel the onset of symptoms, you should try to bear down like you are having a bowel movement or blow into a straw as you block the opposite end. These are called vagal maneuvers and may slow your heart rate back down. Also you can dunk your face in ice water which is pretty unpleasant. I hope they find the cause of the PSVT and are able to correct any issues. In the meantime know that many, many people live long, happy lives with PSVT.

Prayers and hugs for you!!
<3 A

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Of course you will be in my prayers Saminda and I will be praying for your healing - total and absolute and for wisdom when making decisions. My mum has recently been hospitalized with similar issues. Of course she is old - 80 now and does have high BP and heart disease and needs to be on warfarin. She also suffers from awful anxiety which does not help the issue and contributes to the condition. I've been praying for her not to suffer with fear and do you know even though I'm aware of all this I sometimes fear the fear - isn't that crazy? - I wonder if I will turn out the same when I am older but I know the Bible says 'Do not fear for I am with you says the Lord' I'm sure God has popped this verse into my head right now for you!
May you find comfort and assurance in knowing God is with you every step of the way and will bring you through.

Asian Hot Happenings said...

Hey Saminda...We are praying for you. I pray the Lord would be your strength during this season of your life. Love...marlana

Smilie girl said...

Definitely praying for you and your health and for your big family decisions. Continue to take it easy and think calm thoughts :)

From the kitchens of friends said...

"Unknowns" seems to be a theme for this year; thankfully we have our Heavenly Father as our Rock, hey!
I'll pray for your heart and health to return to normal and for His Peace to keep covering your mind and that of your little ones. From Cathy.

Jen said...

I too hate unknowns. These last two weeks with no clear governing party have caused me a great deal of stress as my dh's job is linked to an initiative of one party that would no longer exist with the other. But over the last 19 years of realising that I need to leave these things in His hands I have realised that most things have come to be for my good. The hard things is trusting that you won't know until the event/worry is well past.

Praying for peace for you,
Jen in NSW

Renata said...

That is one of my favourite verses as well. I think I read your posts back to front - didn't realise about the heart issues you've been having as well - will pray about these as well - do you know that God bought you to my mind yesterday & I was praying for you.
Those are huge decisions - will pray that God guides you in them.
Get well & take care of yourself.
Hope you have a nice & relaxing weekend


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