UPDATE ON BETHANY: for about a month after her heart surgery, Bethany was feeling great and resumed normal life in Northwest Arkansas delivering babies, working at Potter’s House Thrift Store and training with her team that she hopes to join soon in Southwest Asia. About a week and a half ago, she fainted while at work and has now been fainting almost every day, sometimes up to 3 times a day. She wore a heart monitor until last Friday and we were expecting to have an appt. with her Cardiologist today after almost two weeks of waiting. Unfortunately, the heart monitor company has not reported the results to Bethany’s doctor and so they’ve delayed her appointment for ANOTHER TWO WEEKS! This is extremely frustrating as she has basically put her life on hold while waiting some kind of diagnosis. She can’t be left alone and she cannot drive or work because her fainting comes without warning while standing, sitting or walking. Please be in prayer for her and please ask for miraculous healing over our girl. Thanks!
ORIGINAL POST: Our daughter, Bethany, who lives in Northwest Arkansas doing midwifery work, passed out three times yesterday - twice at work and once on the way to the medical clinic of a friend of ours who is a doctor in Fayetteville. Most tests were good except her EKG showed abnormalities so we are up in Fayetteville right now taking her to a cardiologist this morning. She passed out again this morning. Thanks for your prayers! Ken and Tanja
UPDATE 6 - (7/2) Bethany is in Searcy with us and recovering well, continuing to feel better and stronger each day and more “normal”. We praise God that there have been no more fainting spells and ask for your prayers that this continues! Again, thank you so much for your prayers!
UPDATE 5 - (6/24) Bethany is in recovery from her surgery now. The surgeon, Dr. Soliman, just came out and said the surgery went well. The ablation was in the left side of Bethany’s heart which they were not expecting. Doing an ablation in the left side produces an immediate risk of stroke so they stayed in there and monitored her for an extended period of time. THERE IS STILL A RISK OF STROKE, so please pray against this. After the ablation, they tried for a long time to induce the arrhythmia and were unsuccessful which is good. There is a 5% chance that it did not completely correct the arrhythmia and she might need to get a second ablation procedure done. There is also a possibility that her fainting is due to something other than her heart and her heart arrhythmia was simply discovered because of the fainting. So, we thank God for a successful surgery and pray for a quick recovery (we have not been invited back yet to see her). Please also pray that this will fix her fainting spells as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS!!
UPDATE 4 - With regards to her Ablation procedure on the 24th, please pray that it is a complete success and that there will be no need for a pacemaker.
UPDATE 3 - June 15: Bethany is back home with a heart monitor. Since she has continued to pass out, we have to be careful to escort her wherever she goes to be able to catch her if she faints. Please pray for an end to the fainting and for healing, even as we plan the waiting game for the upcoming procedure on the 24th.
UPDATE 2 - June 14: thanks for all your prayers! Bethany was scheduled for the heart procedure on June 24. Unfortunately, she has continued passing out so she has now been admitted into the hospital (Washington Regional). We are awaiting the cardiologist to see if things should and can get moved up.
UPDATE 1 - June 13: She has been diagnosed as having WPW syndrome, it's an electrical issue with her heart that is treatable by an Ablation. This is a surgical procedure sending a cable into the heart that basically burns the "extra wire" there that is causing the problem. The "plumber" Heart doctor was very positive about it. The "electrician" Heart doctor was more cautious and said that, due to the area of the procedure, there is a significant risk of needing a pacemaker due to both "wires" being so close together. There is a high success rate of the issue being permanently cured as well. We did get a second opinion from our friend Dr. Ted Fish, who heads up the Cardiology here. They are all pretty urgent about the procedure being done because of how often she is passing out and the EKGs.
They don't want her driving or being on her own at all until this procedure is done. If she passes out many more times, they would want to put her in the hospital until the procedure can be done. We are waiting to find out how soon that can be done but they are putting it on the fast track. It looks like the earliest they are able to schedule the procedure is July 10 but they are going to see if it can be done on June 24th. Please pray that it can be done sooner rather than later and pray that the Ablation will be a success with no complications resulting in a need for a pacemaker.