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...serving at Morrison Academy -- Taichung, Taiwan
This is a still taken from the angioplasty video clips.

Dr. Chen spent a lot of time with us today explaining fluoroscope images, the condition of Dwight's heart and everything he did. We learned a lot. By the end we could see the blocked arteries, calcification on the arteries, and the balloons he used. Because of the calcification he used a couple of cutting balloons. They have 3 small knife blades that run the length of the balloon. The blades make a very small cut in the artery wall to allow it to expand more.

The weekend before getting the heart tuned up, we enjoyed a date at our favorite English tea house for Beckie's birthday.
 
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He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
I Peter 2:24

Angioplasty Final Update

November 12, 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

We are home! We continue to be amazed by the healthcare here.

We got to the hospital at about 7:30 Thursday for Dwight to be admitted. Friday morning the cardiologist came and answered questions, explained all the possible bad things that could happen with the procedure according to the textbook. When asked if he had ever had a patient with any of those complications, he said one time a patient ended up with blurry vision in one eye.

The angiogram showed that Dwight had about 95% blockage in 3 places. The doctor and his team were very thorough. The procedure took about five and a half hours and there were many places that were calcified so it took longer and the angioplasty was less effective in those areas

Beckie was there and spent the night after the procedure. We had a single room with two twin beds. Neither of us slept that well. We got a call after we were asleep informing Dwight that he won a remote control car at Morrison's Junior Carnival.

Through this whole process the cardiologist has spent hours with us and explained everything in great detail. This morning, he spent 1 1/2 hours showing us the video images from Dwight's angiogram and subsequent angioplasty that was done. After that, he gave us 2 discs with all the video images and then came up to our room to give us the discharge papers and make sure we understood all the instructions. He was very specific as to what signs/symptoms Dwight should look for to know if and when he needs to get back in to get medical care, and also what his heart rate should be while exercising.

Spending 2 nights in the hospital, 5 1/2 hours having the procedures done, 1 hour in recovery and 4 hours in ICU, the total bill was $3000 US. Almost all of that was from things the Taiwan insurance didn’t cover (single room, cutting balloons, closing shot, and a special stitch for the artery to cut down the recovery time). Amazing.

Thank you for praying for us. God was faithful through the whole thing.

In Him,

Dwight and Beckie

Prayer Requests & Updates:

  • Dwight's self discipline to exercise regularly and eat better.
  • Malia, as she has a lot to do to get a visa before coming to Taiwan in December for her Study Abroad Program second semester. 
  • Daniel, as he pushes through on his Masters thesis.
  • Stacie, as she continues to serving with Quiet Waters via a virtual office.
  • David, as he serves with the Air Force in Afghanistan. He just earned Major.
  • Leah, as she cares for their 3 boys on her own for almost 7 months.
  • Andrea, as her allergies and asthma have been flaring up.

Thanks for your continued prayers, support and encouragement!
 


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