28
May
15

Inferior Vena Cava Filter

IVC Filter
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Prior to surgery set for Friday, May 22, I needed to have an IVC filter inserted to prevent any clots from breaking loose and traveling to the lungs. This is a lunar rover- or squid-shaped titanium object placed into the inferior cava vein by a catheter (located between the kidneys-the Michelin Man-looking thing in diagram).
We expected this procedure to take place immediately prior to the operation, but received a surprise call that it would take place on the Wedneday before at 7:30 a.m.! Not an overly popular time, since check in time was at 5:30 a.m. What made it more palatable was returning home around lunchtime.
Numbers 6:23, 24 The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious.
What comes to mind when you imagine your Lord being gracious unto YOU? Do you think about being treated better than you deserve? About God overlooking your shortcomings or even treating you as an equal? Loving you just as you are?
The great majority undertand so little about being gracious themselves. We may have heard of a gracious host, or a gracious lady without the least idea how to go about doing it. I can tell even leaders have no clue by how many exclamations of “Really?” we say or hear everyday. Do the words noble, honor, dignity rouse any images in your mind?
Have you ever read that loves covers a multitude of sins?
The Bible also frequently mentions unseemly behavior. I Corinthians 13 tells us love does not behave unseemly (act out), insists not on its own way. In Romans 12, Paul urges us to prefer our brother, put him and his needs before our own.
A little hard to do? It’s time to raise the bar to God’s standard.
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