"Dede's Walk With God"
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our
because we know that suffering produces
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God
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
shot. On Nov. 1st. he was running a fever, had
and was shaking like a leaf on a very windy day
complained of a slight headache. He rarely ever
headaches so I knew something different was
on with him. He complained of being very weak.
was so weak, it was tough for him to walk across
room and back to his recliner. We thought maybe
was having a reaction to his flu shot, although
never had in the past.
Dr. Moran, his primary doctor didn't have an
so Dick saw a Dr's Assistant and she could find
reason for Dick to be so sick. He was not
fever when he saw her. So she sent him home.
At home the symptoms continued, so I made an
with Dr. Moran four or five days later. Dick
T-shirt, a very heavy flannel shirt and his
and as he sat on the examining table he again
shaking like a leaf, and he had chills big time.
Dr. Moran took one look at him and said he felt
had a major infection going on inside and he
many blood tests. Later that day we received a
and were told Dick had a bad strep infection in
blood-stream called Viridians Streptococcus. He
had to be hospitalized immediately. He entered
Finley Hospital on Nov. 13th, 2007 and was put
massive doses of two broad spectrum antibiotics,
Ampicillin, every 4 hrs. and Gentanician every
Dr. Moran conferred with Dr. Viner, (an
disease specialist) and he was brought in on
case. Dick was in the hospital for a whole
he was sent home and had to go back daily to
his antibiotics as an IV pic-line was left in
One lab-test called a sed-rate measures the
infection and inflammation in your body and 0-15
normal. When Dick entered the hospital, his was
70. One of the very first things told to Dick &
was that some normally very healthy people die
from this Viridians Streptococcus. Naturally we
worried, me more so than Dick. He continued to
the same positive attitude as he had when he had
heart aneurysm surgery in 2002. He said "God is
to save me." and sure enough he was right again.
The Dr's wondered how he got the strep in his
stream and of course we have too. Dick runs so
that he had 4 transfusions in about 6 months. So
have come from one of the transfusions or one of
other places. Who knows, and at this point it
The Dr's were terribly worried as Dick has a
aortic heart valve that was put in in 2002. This
disease tends to cling to the heart valves and
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
Dick did get a disease called sepsis from the
of the strep disease. Sepsis is a serious
characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state
by infection. It could cause death also.
But, our Precious Lord has other plans for my
He has once again given him a Major Miracle. The
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
aneurysm surgery, they feared he'd never make it
the ventilator, much less survive any part of
to begin with. No problem at all! His pulmonary
told us he only has about 30 percent usage of
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
This page is dedicated to our Heavenly Father.
Praise You, our Precious Father for Your many
Delilah M. (Dede) Haas
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