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When Health Seems Fragile!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted but wanted to write a quick update about what’s been happening in our world.  Please let me know if you’ve had wake-up calls that are even remotely similar! Beating Heart

Sometimes when things are just going smoothly . . . .  and we’re busy doing our own things . . . living our own lives.  Then, something happens.  Something big . . . something that we hadn’t expected . . .  something potentially life-threatening.  If we can get through this situation, we are going to do things a little differently.

Well, that’s what it’s like when circumstances cause us to sit up, take notice and then take action.  And that’s what’s happened to us in the last several weeks.    Let me explain.

When Health Seems FragileA couple of week-ends ago, we experienced an unforeseen “hiccup” with Ron’s health and we ended up rushing him to the hospital ER.  We had taken him into the hospital because he had been feeling pressure in his neck and chest, and our home blood pressure monitor had been showing for several weeks that he was experiencing high readings.  However, even up to this point, our thinking was that the readings were incorrect.  I mean, after all, we’re vegan!!

On the night we took him in, we found out that our suspicions were correct.  The home monitor readings WERE wrong . . . they were too LOW!  We weren’t in the reception area a whole five minutes when they rushed him upstairs to the cardiac intake area.  OK, so now, we are both pretty anxious.  Because Ron’s blood pressure readings were almost off the charts at the hospital, staff immediately wheeled him into the cardiac intake area, assigned him a room, and called his cardiologist.

When Ron’s cardiologist arrived, he checked in with us, gathered and reviewed lab results, and entered the room with a questioning look in his eyes.  He told us that, although the lab results looked excellent, he didn’t know what was causing the excessive readings.  During the course of the conversation, we informed him that we have been eating a vegan diet (no cheese, no milk, no yogurt, no dairy), and the doctor’s response was, “Great!”  He also said that’s why the blood test results were so good.

Don’t get me wrong, vegan eating is not the end-all, be-all for everyone.  But for someone with a history of heart problems, the proactive measures that we’ve taken have been beneficial and show up in actual numbers.   As for the blood pressure reading, he has returned for sonograms, echograms and occasional graham crackers, tread mill, run-of-the-mill and it seems every other test. The doctors are in the process of re-balancing a couple of his medications and all is settling in to the mundane once again.  P.S. Ron’s heart is healthy and still marching to its own beat.[printfriendly]

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6 Responses to When Health Seems Fragile!

  1. Renee Dixon March 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    I am thankful that Ron’s heart is running its course properly again! PTL I agree that when something unexpectedly happens such as what you two went through, we get too involved in our own emotions and Satan puts the fear in us. If only every one could see that God will handle whatever the situation is IF we will just ask Him and give Him our undivided attention and devotion. 🙂 Love you guys.

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      Shelli Elledge March 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      Renee, thank you for your words of encouragement! You’re right — it really scared us because we’ve been there before — TWICE! However, you’re also correct that He will take care of us in every situation. Love you guys and tell Dan hi for us!

  2. Valerie March 3, 2014 at 5:30 am #


    I am so glad Ron is doing better. It’s hard when you get so busy with life you forget about the important things. Stay strong for each other!

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      Shelli Elledge March 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi Valerie. Yes, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks but he’s doing much better! Thank you for the nice note!

  3. Cory March 6, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    Hey Shelli,
    So glad to hear that Ron’s ok. Yes, scary is the work. I’m sure your vegan diet has a lot to do with him being as healthy as he is. Keep up the good work. No doubt God wasn’t surprised by it, but it’s still enough to make you hold your breath! Keep up the faith! I know that’s all I have to go on in so many situations! Love you both!

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      Shelli Elledge March 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Hi Cory! Good to hear from you! Deb said that you’re doing really well; I’m so happy that you’re finding some relief with your back! Yes, Ron’s ordeal was quite the ordeal, all right. We’ve already been down that road twice and don’t want to do it again! We’re still wondering if medications are to blame. love you!

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