Forward from Prayer Chain:

Hello Everyone,

On Saturday, December 8th, 10 days ago, Karen was discharged from UCLA.  3 days later, 1 week ago today, she became very ill again, extreme weakness, shortness of breath, etc. I called 911. The paramedics took her to our local San Clemente Hospital, instead of Mission Hospital (18 miles away), because the paramedics wouldn’t take the responsibility or the risk of the further distance. When she got to the hospital, her pulse was 20 BPM and blood pressure, 46 over something in the 30’s. She came very, very close to dying, because of a medication screw-up. The following day, when she was more stable, she was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where she is today.

She’s been in the hospital for 39 out of the last 44 days (27 at UCLA)  and after many attempts to correct her heart issues with medication, the recommendation and decision has been made for her to have open heart surgery this coming Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 a.m. at Mission Hospital. The surgeon will repair her leaking tricuspid valve, the leaking mitral valve and “possibly” put in a pacemaker. We’re very comfortable with the surgeon and the hospital. We have been very much at peace with this decision, but I’ve got to confess, the closer we get to Thursday, we’re both scared. Probably me, more than Karen.

With all of this being said, one-more-time, we would certainly appreciate your prayers for Karen to have a successful surgery, without any complications, and for her to have a complete and fast recovery. Would also appreciate prayers for the surgeon, Dr. Darbinian, that he will skillfully perform the procedure.

We would also like to thank everyone for your prayers for Karen, during these past 6 stressful weeks. We know the prayers have been said, many, many times. We could feel them, because of the peace we have experienced.

God Bless Everyone.

With love,

Karen and Ron