We are still having many visitors and Grant knows them all when they come in. Some of the guys that Grant has worked with in the summer came by, and Grant hasn't seen one of them since 2006, and as soon as he walked in Grant knew exactly who he was and extended his hand to shake it. Wow, how fun is that.
The Bowers are here right now and Grant is visiting with them.
Grant is getting to eat; he has been very hungry and we know he is doing better because he is taking big bites. He takes very big bites.
The cardiologist came by and they performed the eco-cardiogram, but this one they did by putting a scope into his stomach so they can get a closer look at his heart rhythms and blood flows and what the heart muscles look like. It's called a TEE, Trans Esophageal Eco-Cardiogram.
I'll try to shorten this up as much as possible. He has a thing called non-compaction, which abbreviated means his heart muscles are not formed as tightly as they could be, and this effects the performance. The doctor said this is very rare, about 25-30 cases a year in America, and often a cardiologist doesn't see a real live case of this in their career. They study it in school, but it is very rare. There apparently is no real treatment and this may or may not have been the cause of the event.
They call his cardiac arrest an event. I'll say:)
They are going to do a MRI at 4:30ish today because after the ICD, the defibrillator, is placed he will not be able to have a routine MRI again, as it is metallic.
They are going to try to move him out of CCU this afternoon, praise God, and then they will probably do the ICD on Wed.
The doctor said he would probably go home on Thursday evening or Friday and obviously have some check ups after that.
She encouraged Grant with the fact that she has a few very good golfers that have ICDs. I think that was something he needed to hear. Again, he took the "no golf for 4-6 weeks" pretty hard. He doesn't get excited about too many things, so when he has something he really enjoys we try to make that happen. God knows and cares for even the smallest details of our lives and Grant needs to rest on His promise that He will give him the desires of his heart.
I am so proud of Grant and his influence on so many people's lives. He really is a special, sweet young man, which is evident by how you are all responding to him being here.
He is doing great. Please continue to pray for him. This is still not a short race.
Pray that the doctors would have wisdom as they treat him.
Pray that we would be a very bright light in this dark place.
Pray that we would be sensitive to the needs of others in and around the hospital. We have seen a large emotional spectrum ourselves, and as we are rejoice for what God has done so far in Grant, many here are not having the same outcome, and many I'm sure don't know the Lord.
Pray that Grant would start to get some of his short-term memory back. He won't be cramming for any tests any time soon:)
Col. 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
You will see that he is now in a chair, out of the bed. You will also see that he is standing up, w/o assistance, and he moves himself in the chair very freely. He just looks like he is very tired.
I'll keep you posted.
Rejoicing in awe of God goodness,
Here is the link to a Flickr set with Grant's progress from Saturday to Monday.
Grant Sitting in the Chair
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