On Vacation, But Not Exactly

destinbeach1So I’m at the beach in Destin with my wife, four sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren (four and two years old).

We arrived on Saturday, and by 5:30 PM on Sunday, I was in the Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast, a newly built, two-floor hospital. By 4:00  a.m. Monday, I had been transferred to a room and connected to a Heparin drip. It seems that I had several pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lung) — which explained why I was struggling to breathe.

I’ve been seeing doctors for months now, knowing something was wrong with me but unable to get a diagnosis. Among the symptoms, a lack of stamina. Walking a block would leave me winded. So I’d been served up to the cardiologists, who were running a wide gamut of tests on my heart and finding nothing but a healthy heart.

sacredheartBut Sunday, shortness of breath became “can’t breathe,” became an ambulance ride to the hospital — which, by the way, is just like on TV. I wound up at Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast, which is a small but very nice and very well-run hospital.

Well, the “can’t breathe” symptom was the clue that allowed for me to be diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) behind the left knee and several blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolisms). Not sure why, but evidently the leg clot was throwing off smaller clots that were lodging in the lungs.

pulmonary-embolism-causesSo the good news is that my health problem had FINALLY been diagnosed, is treatable, and is being treated. I feel MUCH better.

The bad news is that the treatment will last most of the vacation, oh, and it’s a condition that could have killed me. I’m told that the danger of sudden death passes about 24 hours after treatment begins, and so it’s been long enough that I likely will live to the end of the week, just in time to pack to go home.

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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18 Responses to On Vacation, But Not Exactly

  1. Kevin says:

    Praying for both you and your family Jay. I own a house there (rented now). Love the area. If you feel up to it, try Another Broken Egg for breakfast.

  2. And all those empty chairs under the umbrellas at the beach!

    Sorry to hear of your troubles. See Bobby Valentine’s post of today to get a perspective on our troubles.

    Here’s a prayer for your health and continued vitality:

    O LORD of grace, love, mercy, healing, and hope:

    May you be with Jay in this hour of distress to his body. As Paul prayed, I also pray that he me be in health and prosper as his soul prospers. I confess that this is a selfish prayer, for I have much to learn from him – or as I should say, from you working in and through him. I and many others pray for his complete and speedy recovery, for we love the work he is doing in Jesus’ name in your kingdom

    Please, hear this silent prayer – and may it go up from many hearts in the next few hours!

    In the name of your Son I pray,


  3. John F. says:

    Better to lodge in the lung than the heart (it can stop — heart attack and /or death) or the brain (think stroke big time). So I guess we offer thanks for what has not happened.

    Hoping a a quick recovery for you —

  4. David says:

    Best wishes and prayers for you, Jay

  5. Chris says:

    Giving thanks and praying for your complete recovery.

  6. Monty says:


    Glad they finally got you diagnosed and treated. I’m just imagining the posts you’ll be able to write now that you’ll be hitting on all cylinders.

  7. laymond says:

    sorry to hear you are ill, but glad you were close to a good hospital.

  8. Erin says:

    Thankful for a diagnosis! Seriously, I’m pretty sure the Lord placed us back in Tuscaloosa so I could get you to a hospital on time. I vote we stay next week just to ensure you get the full beach vacation experience. It’s just not the same without y’all!

  9. Johnny says:

    You should be much better by opening kick off. RTR

  10. Steve says:

    Jay, Thankful that you feeling better and know better what is going on. I’ll pray for a speedy recovery.

  11. David Himes says:

    Pray your good health returns quickly

  12. Dwight says:

    Praying for you.

  13. Ellen Williams says:

    I’m so glad you finally got a diagnosis and treatment! Praying for a speedy recovery!

  14. Larry Cheek says:

    The Lord does work in marvelous ways, he kept you going until you were near a place that had the knowledge to find the problem. Get well soon!

  15. Dennis Threadgill says:

    Get well soon! We need you!

  16. jon atkins says:

    Glad to hear you’re getting good treatment & praying that you’ll be back and at ’em soon–we need your posts to stir things up!

  17. Tiffany says:

    God bless you, the doctors, and your family, Jay. Get well soon!

  18. Juliet Power says:

    So thankful doctors caught this and that you are okay! Such a scary thing to deal with. Praising our Father that it wasn’t your time and you can keep blessing us. 🙂 Prayers for speedy and total recovery….and thanksgiving.

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