Well first , Merry Christmas to all of my FFN friends , and a Happy New Year wish for all of us .

   Earlier this year ,  I  developed Atrial Fib Again an was not able to have cardioversion back into NSR due to a blood cot n my right Atria . I was  put on a higher dose of Coumadin , and encouraged to increase my level of physical activity . I continued to walk daily , but it became more and more difficult due to worsening  Shortness of Breath  with any exertion .

  In November, on the first , my PCP Cardiologist advised  me he would attempt a cardioversion of my A-fib . It was successful , which was the good news . The NOT so good news was that the Cardiologist  felt my heart was so weak that I needed to have a pacemaker/cardioverter/defibrillator implanted . So , on November 8th I got the IMD , Implantable medical Device .

 All is well so far , I feel more energetic than I have in over a year !

 My wife Pam and I have been separated for the past 2 years , although I was visiting on the weekends to see our Son , which has been harder on me I think than on him . We had the pressures of both of us having health issues to deal with and the obvious money issues we all have , and it was getting too much to deal with , so we decided to split up for a while . We are now seeing more of each other , and I am spending much more time at home with my family .

 My son Austin,  got his first Deer just before Thanksgiving . I was so proud of him ! I was also proud to have been there when he shot it . He wasn't squeamish about the field dressing part of the hunt either .

  I look forward to rejoining response activities with the Clay County Rescue Squad and  the Baptist Ridge Fire Department , as I have been released to do so from my Cardiologist .

Keep us in your prayers ,as  I will be praying for all of my friends on FFN .

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