Well, by this time tomorrow, I will have had this experience–my heart burned from the inside, that is. Already had (many times) a heart rhythm similar to the one above. I have 2 choices, well, actually 3 choices.
One choice is to do nothing about it. Well, the doctor said a couple of months ago that it was not life threatening, well at that time it wasn’t and probably not at this time. I could play the odds and see if anything worse happens to me. After all, heart rates that are over 200 beats per minute can’t hurt you, can they?
My second choice would be to take some medicine, probably for the rest of my life. But really, who wants to do that? Haven’t you see all those attorney commercials about the dangers of prescription drugs? Besides, my other cardiologist (who knew there was a difference in cardiologists? I now have one who considers himself like a plumber and another who is considered the electrician) said that the medicine would probably make me feel tired all the time, instead of just after these episodes.
OK, my third choice is to have this procedure called a heart ablation. Ablation–I think that word means “to burn”. Well, Wednesday morning I will report to Huntsville (Alabama) Hospital at 8:00 a.m. And, of course, I will go without my usual coffee so say a prayer for my wife Debbie who will have to put up with me functioning without that wonderful caffeine. Coffee will be the first thing I ask for after the procedure.
My decision to allow Dr. Paul Tabereaux to burn part of the inside of my heart, well, for me that seems like the best choice. Sounds kind of strange to say, “Hey, Doc, would you mind burning some of the inside of my heart? Thanks!” The result should be no more episodes of SPVT and without the side affects and costs of a lifetime of medicine. (So no call to the Law Firm of Bad Drugs & Greedy Attorneys). It should be a permanent fix.
I go through this with complete trust in the hands and skills of Dr. Tabereaux. But what about the Spiritual Heart? Do we ever let the hands and mind that created us access to those problem areas of our spiritual heart? Oh, you don’t have any problems with your spiritual heart? Well, bless your heart! (Look up in a good southern dictionary to see what that phrase really means!)
When we have heart problems, spiritual heart problems like my physical heart issues, they need to be dealt with in the right manner. Ignoring your heart problems won’t make them go away. You might find some temporary relief elsewhere, but the problem still exists and is waiting to come out again at some inopportune moment. So why not allow God to examine your spiritual heart. He can quickly diagnose the problem areas, and can take care of them permanently.
So, if you have a moment, throw up a few prayers for me, and my wife Debbie as she waits all day for this to be over. I definitely need them and you probably need the practice. Oh, and remember: Love God with all your HEALTHY heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him!