Monday April 26 – brother, Joe (age 49), has pacemaker updated/replaced/rebooted…whatever.
Monday May 3 – dad (who is as healthy as a horse at 71, or so we thought), has a heart attack and emergency surgery. Two stints put in place and he is recovering nicely.
Saturday May 15 – early morning. Brother Tim is airlifted to Missoula from Butte, MT (he just turned 47) having a heart attack. Two stints have been put in place and he is recovering in ICU.
The Mayo Clinic’s 5 Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease-prevention/wo00041):
1/ Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
2/ Get active for 30-60 minutes every single day of the week.
3/ Eat well. Cut the crap and put in the good.
4/ Get your weight under control. Keep it there.
5/ Get regular health screenings, especially cholesteral and blood pressure.
Pray for my brother, Tim (the funny one), today, will you? The kid is trim and fit as far as we all knew. His and my dad’s heart attacks have been an absolutely unexpected “surprise”…in a bad way!
LEFT: Tim was 11, maybe, and I was 14 or 15; MIDDLE – “The Three Heart Guys”…Dad in his heavier days with Joe (who took 10 years getting all the way through college) and Tim; RIGHT: Tim and his wife, Julie, recently.
Guard your heart.
But before even getting the phone call this sunny/gorgeous/sweet morning, my heart was full/tender because people I love are going through things that hurt, because relational stuff takes effort and sometimes things just seem hard. So, word to the wise: guard your heart, both the physical one and the one from which everything in your life and world flow…
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” AMP
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” NIV