"Dede's Walk With God"

Still Blessed

Romans 5:3-5

3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has
poured out his love into our hearts by the
Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Our God Is The Greatest

On October 31st, 2007, Dick received his annual flu
shot. On Nov. 1st. he was running a fever, had chills
and was shaking like a leaf on a very windy day and
complained of a slight headache. He rarely ever has
headaches so I knew something different was going
on with him. He complained of being very weak. He
was so weak, it was tough for him to walk across the
room and back to his recliner. We thought maybe he
was having a reaction to his flu shot, although he
never had in the past.

Dr. Moran, his primary doctor didn't have an opening
so Dick saw a Dr's Assistant and she could find no
reason for Dick to be so sick. He was not running a
fever when he saw her. So she sent him home.

At home the symptoms continued, so I made an appt.
with Dr. Moran four or five days later. Dick wore a
T-shirt, a very heavy flannel shirt and his heavy jacket
and as he sat on the examining table he again was
shaking like a leaf, and he had chills big time.

Dr. Moran took one look at him and said he felt Dick
had a major infection going on inside and he ordered
many blood tests. Later that day we received a call
and were told Dick had a bad strep infection in his
blood-stream called Viridians Streptococcus. He
had to be hospitalized immediately. He entered
Finley Hospital on Nov. 13th, 2007 and was put on
massive doses of two broad spectrum antibiotics,
Ampicillin, every 4 hrs. and Gentanician every 12 hrs,
by IV.

Dr. Moran conferred with Dr. Viner, (an infectious
disease specialist) and he was brought in on Dick's
case. Dick was in the hospital for a whole month, then
he was sent home and had to go back daily to receive
his antibiotics as an IV pic-line was left in his arm.
One lab-test called a sed-rate measures the level of
infection and inflammation in your body and 0-15 is
normal. When Dick entered the hospital, his was at
70. One of the very first things told to Dick & I
was that some normally very healthy people die
from this Viridians Streptococcus. Naturally we were
worried, me more so than Dick. He continued to take
the same positive attitude as he had when he had his big
heart aneurysm surgery in 2002. He said "God is going
to save me." and sure enough he was right again.

The Dr's wondered how he got the strep in his blood
stream and of course we have too. Dick runs so anemic
that he had 4 transfusions in about 6 months. So it may
have come from one of the transfusions or one of many
other places. Who knows, and at this point it really doesn't

The Dr's were terribly worried as Dick has a mechanical
aortic heart valve that was put in in 2002. This strep disease
disease tends to cling to the heart valves and causes another
problem called bacterial endocarditic. that would have been
fatal, according to the doctors. The strep would eat holes in
his heart valves and all around the mechanical one causing

Dick did get a disease called sepsis from the aftermath
of the strep disease. Sepsis is a serious medical condition
characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state caused
by infection. It could cause death also.

But, our Precious Lord has other plans for my hubby as
He has once again given him a Major Miracle. The doctors
are pretty astounded by all this as Dick was told by a
specialist that his lungs were those of a man over 80 yrs.
old, over 20 years ago. In 2002 when they did his heart
aneurysm surgery, they feared he'd never make it off
the ventilator, much less survive any part of that surgery
to begin with. No problem at all! His pulmonary doctor
told us he only has about 30 percent usage of both lungs
together left to use.

Dick is a man of tremendous faith and God has and still is
rewarding him. We all should have this kind of faith!

This page is dedicated to our Heavenly Father.
Praise You, our Precious Father for Your many blessings.

Delilah M. (Dede) Haas


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