Heart Attacks…literally!

28 01 2012

When I see Karen all dolled up, I tell her she’s going to give me a heart attack!

When my Byrnes Rebels or Carolina Gamecocks are in a close game, I say they are going to give me a heart attack!

We throw that around quite frequently when something we care about…throws us for a loop.

Today, my BEST FRIEND in the world had a very real heart attack!  He is more than a brother to me…and I WAS SCARED!!

It definitely put new meaning to the statement – ‘having a heart attack.’  The heart is an amazing organ.  It weighs 10 oz and is a blood-filled muscle.  In under a minute, your heart can pump blood to every cell in your body. And over the course of a day, about 100,000 heart beats shuttle 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood many times through about 60,000 miles of branching blood vessels that link together the cells of our organs and body parts.  That’s a big job for a fist-sized muscle.

When it stops or is blocked/clotted, it brings to the brink of death or if not caught quickly or appropriately, can bring us to death.  It can come on us unaware.  That is scary.

Today my friend was cleaning his garage, he was transporting an old grill to the land fill and he felt weak and was hurting.  He stopped along the side of the road and rested for a few minutes.  Called his wife (my wife’s best friend) and got her voicemail.  After a few more minutes, it didn’t get better so he called 911 and they came and picked him up and transported him to the hospital.  We got a call from his wife Karen and headed immediately to the hospital.  Karen (my Karen) and I were scared!  We thought the worst – don’t judge me – it sounded bad.  I have faith but I also know what we were told in that moment on the phone.  We prayed and yes we trusted.  Because even when we pray, we don’t always get what we want, but we always get what is best for us!

Here is a pic of Andy (he is on the far left).  Not a good looking guy on the outside (HAHAHA!) but the best of the best on the inside (that is no joke!)

Andy and Karen (left), Kayla and Kara (middle), Garry and Karen (right)

Only God knows what is BEST and we have to trust Him.  Thankfully, that little 10 oz organ of Andy’s only needed 2 stints put in and he was back to his old self (almost) tonight.  He summed it up this way…God just isn’t finished with me yet!  And I definitely believe that…

ANDY FARR is probably the best husband, father, grandfather, friend and example of a christian man that I know on the planet.  And I get to call him my best friend!  I am so thankful for Andy and Karen.  They mean so much to Karen and I as we travel this journey called life and marriage.  We need them – we need their strength and their friendship.  We are so thankful for today’s outcome and once again, it gave me a fresh and new view of life – and appreciation for it.

I’ve always said to those that will listen – as you live, work and play, whatever you do, CAUSE GOD JOY in doing it!  I think it is time I get back to doing that more faithfully than ever before!

God bless and will be back soon with more!

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