April 2017 update on the health status of Dr. Jay Rawlings
Dear Friends of the Rawlings Family:
Thank you for your inquiries, caring notes and of course your prayers for Jay’s well being. Things are looking up now that it is daylight saving time, the evenings are lighter and spring is here in Israel. We are glad to be out of winter’s grip, although we didn’t get enough rain. Photo: Daniel, Jay and Josh Rawlings in Ancient Jaffa.
Since last writing, Jay has been fitted with a C-PAP machine to assist his breathing at night. This device is expensive and not covered by health care. Meridel’s brother and sisters in Canada paid for it entirely. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. After being deprived of oxygen for, how long, we are not sure, Jay began sleeping deeply and restfully. He has had to work out the kinks learning to breathe wth it, but it has become a permanent fixture in his life now.
Since December Jay has been taking daily doses of several drugs to regulate his heart and thin his blood. But his heart is still stressed, leaving him breathless upon little exertion. We saw his Professor of cardiology and he has recommended an ‘ablation’.
It is a procedure that uses radio frequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular beating.
Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners nor sits in the seat scornful.
But his delight will be in the law (teachings and statutes)
of the LORD.
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.
That brings forth its fruit in its season.
Whose leaf also shall not wither:
and whatever he does shall prosper.
Hebrews 1:1 and Psalm 1:1-3.
Jay and Meridel
The Rawlings Family and Jerusalem Vistas/Israel Vision Team.