As I type this update, Servants Academy is in full swing at SWSBS. We have 27 young men and women who want to increase in their knowledge of God’s Word and be better suited to serve Him in His kingdom. We are always excited with such prospects and hope they continue with such zeal, and as they grow older they choose to pursue their goals by attending the SWSBS for a two-year study of God’s Word. I appreciate Clay Bond, Steven Lloyd and Cody Westbrook for taking the yeomen’s task and stepping up magnificently during Servant’s Academy. I have heard that things have gone off without a hitch thus far. I am also grateful to the three mentioned above along with Wayne Jones for taking my four fourth quarter classes. I am confident they all are doing a great job.
Now to the update of my situation: The board met yesterday, June 26 and determined that because of my high lung pressures I do not, at this time, qualify for a heart transplant. So the planned course of action is to go with an LVAD, which is a heart pump. It will do the work of the heart and should relieve all of my “weak heart” issues. They say in two or three weeks the other organs should be responding to the stronger “heart” and fluid retention, high pressures and everything associated with the weak heart should come back to normal. In all honesty, for all practical purposes it does not change anything. Since all of my issues are heart related, when they get the heart pump in place everything else should fall in line and I will then qualify for a transplant. Even if I did qualify now, it would take 6 months before I could even consider the transplant as I recovered from the LVAD surgery. So the news is not as negative as it may appear. There is however, a big plus—with it being determined and labeled this way, I will be able to transfer back to Austin to have the LVAD surgery. I will be able to recover in my own house and will not need to set up housing here in Houston for three months.
At this moment, my doctor in Austin has accepted me back and we are waiting for the insurance to confirm coverage if done in Austin. That should be just a matter of paper work. Therefore, I could be transported as early as this afternoon or tomorrow depending on whether Seton Main has a bed for me.
Thank you everyone for the cards, calls and especially the prayers. I know I have fallen woefully behind in thank you letters and correspondences. Please do not think it is because of a lack of appreciation. Nothing could be further from the truth. The prayers are appreciated most of all at this time. I know God is in control and will bring about that which is best if we will bend our will to His. My prayer and hope in all of this is that our God is exalted, His name extolled and great praise for His glorious grace is presented before the throne of glory. Ultimately, our prayer and desire is that His will be done.