Friday, April 17, 2009

Morning Fog

James 4:14
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is
like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

A few weeks ago we had a tragedy happen here in Binghamton. It even made national news; thirteen families lost their loved ones because of the rage that welled up inside of one man’s heart. Then shooting him self, leaving his family to mourn his death.

Death tried to make an appearance, once again in Binghamton, but this time it came to my home. On Friday night while everyone was sleeping, my husband Dan, got up to try to relieve the pain that had entered his chest. For two hours he convinced himself that the pain he was experiencing was indigestion. To him, a heart attack was out of the question. He was in great shape for a man of 54. He wasn’t overweight and he faithfully went to the gym 6 days a week. His routine consisted of 45 minutes of hard cardio, four times a week and weightlifting every other day, making sure to work each body part. Eating right has always been his way of life, its something he has done from the first day I met him. In fact, on the day we met, he had recently competed in a bodybuilding contest and won in his class. Do you see where I’m going with this? My husband appeared to be in excellent shape.

It was the next morning while we were having our coffee that he started to tell me what had happen, I immediately wanted him to call the doctor but he assured me that he felt fine and would call to make appointment on Monday. For the rest of the day he went about his daily routine and never complained. It wasn’t until 5:00 am on Easter morning that the pain was back and stayed with him until Monday that's when I called to make an appointment with our family doctor. Guess what he told me “Get him to the hospital.”

My husband had a heart attack!

Immediately, he went into surgery to correct the one artery that was completely clogged and another that was 7o% … we still can’t believe it. When speaking with the doctor after the surgery, I said “I can’t believe this has happened because he's in such great shape.” The doctor replied “Yes he is, but this is hereditary.

It’s only been a few days since my husband has been home and he is doing quite well, but I know things are about to change. God has started to rearrange our lives and I’m so excited to see where He will be placing all the pieces in order to glorify Him.

Life is a vapor.
I’m learning to be content in the morning fog, to sit quietly as it surrounds me. Our lives only last a short time here on earth before standing in the very presence of God but until then…I will enjoy the morning fog.



Anonymous said...

I am so glad that your husband is okay now...and at home. Life is scary...but with God as our guiding light...things can be less scary to endure.

God Bless you and your family...I can't wait to see what's instore for you!

Warren Baldwin said...

I just said a prayer for him.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Very beautiful, Tammy. Very touching of reality and how short life is and can be. Our 70-80 years are a mere speck in God's view of things.

Chatty Kelly said...

Your attitude seems so great Tammy. I'm relieved your husband is doing well. Praises!

Karen said...

Thankful the doctors were able to help your husband and that God's hands were holding on to you both...will pray for a speedy recovery and complete healing.

Pam said...

I am glad he is doing well Tammy. You are so right, this life is brief. Regardless of everything, all of us will one day die. Thank you for posting this, and for stopping by my blog. Your words really hit me, my life is not my own. I needed that. Will you please stop by and remind me of that often? It sets life in it's place. To God be the glory. Love, Pam

Marsha said...

God was so gracious to have spared him all weekend! Oh my!
We just never know what the next breath with bring.
I'm praising Him for your heart attitude while you are in this morning fog.


Scary isn't it? When you are thrust into the unknown - it's good to believe in a 'known' God!! I am thankful that the Lord guided each of your steps as He lead the way before you.

Thanks for your kind words on my newsest granchild. Yes, there is nothing like those precious gifts.

May the Lord bless you and your husband and your family today - and may He continue to be your 'everything'!

Choosing JOY,
[Kneeling in Prayer]

Julie Gillies said...

Oh my GOSH, Tammy! What a fright you've had. I thank God your husband is alright.

Two years ago I had shoulder surgery--12 days later my husband wound up in the E.R. in severe pain. He had to have emergency gallbladder surgery. The timing was awful, but we both lived through it, and now realize how short life is. We are NOT promised tomorrow.

I pray your husband continues to recover and that you both remain in God's peace.

LisaShaw said...

O Tammy I was not on your blog Friday and am grabbing moments this weekend to catch up on blogs I've not read in several days. I'm SO SO sorry that I didn't get this message when you wrote it so that I could immediately pray along with everyone else but I just prayed for Dan and for your entire family.

As one who watched my husband go through for 3 years (2001-2004) with two unexpected and shocking chronic illnesses, I understand being thankful for the one more day.

Life is but a vapor. Every day is a blessing and every moment of every day. We often don't live with that revelation sadly but it's true.

I pray peace and recovery for Dan in Jesus Name and for you both to continue to be excited in what God is going to do even as changes are made.

I love you as you know.

HeRomes485 said...

My goodness, I am glad everything turned out okay! I will pray for you & your family. Also, you couldn't have said it better, "Life is a vapor."

Jennifer said...

Praise The Lord for His hand being upon your husband and He kept death at bay. This is a warning that we all need to remember because eating, exercising is not the only causes of a heart attack or blockages. My husband has a family history of it and it is a very scary thing.

God wasn't finished with your husband yet! I can't wait to hear what he has in store for you guys.

Praying for your family.


Jan Parrish said...


Praising God with you that he is OK. How precious is the time with those we love for we never know the hour God has appointed to take him home. So glad that this was not his time.

Thanks for sharing. Keep us updated as we pray.

Leah said...


I am so glad you husband is ok. My background is in cardiovascular medicine and your husband's story is very familiar. Thank God he is ok.

Thanks for visiting me over at The Point. I am thrilled to enter your name into the drawing for the "Trusting God's Heart" book.


Pat said...

Oh my Tammy. Praise God that your husband is doing well! God is good, all the time!!!
bless you,

LisaShaw said...

Came back over today as you and your husband were on my heart. May God's hand remain...praise the LORD!

I love you. I won't be online much for the next few days so catch up on the weekend.

Tea With Tiffany said...

Wow, I had no idea. I'm thankful your husband is getting treated. My husband Derek works out all the time too.

Life is a vapor. So we better live it now. We never know if tomorrow will come.

Lord, please continue to heal Tammy's husband. Restore his health. Grant him a long and fruitful life on earth. And bring comfort to Tammy. Bless their marriage and life together. In Jesus name, Amen.

Edie said...

I'm so glad your husband is ok Tammy. It's so easy to talk ourselves out of believing that we are having a heart attack. I have prayed for your husband.

God bless!

Amy Bayliss said...

Oh Tammy... I am so glad that he is doing better. Good for you getting him to the doctor. Thank God for saving him. I'm praying for you all, girl. You are so right, life really is just a vapor.

Billy Coffey said...

So glad that your husband's doing better.

I love your attitude and the faith you have with this. Such a thing would surely stretch the faith of many people, but it's strengthened yours. To be content in "the morning fog" is a magnificient blessing to have!