The Wedding That Almost Didn’t Happen

If you or someone you know is having these symptoms, please tell your doctor about it before it is too late.

Tales from the Laundry Room

True story: On the very last day of 2010, I married a half-dead man.

Barely out of the hospital for 48 hours, my beloved groom, Jon Hamilton, was hiding the PICC-line remaining in his arm underneath his wedding suit. He was so very ill that he laid down on the sofa in the minister’s office until time for the ceremony to begin.  After sitting through 90% of the reception that followed our wedding, Jon needed to take a 2-hour nap before he had enough strength to leave for our French Quarter honeymoon. Even so, I still had to drive us most of the way to New Orleans.

No, the man I married was not well. In fact, he hadn’t been well for a very long time. He was so close to death that a friend and I wondered together if there would be a wedding or a funeral.

I know it’s rather obvious to…

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4 thoughts on “The Wedding That Almost Didn’t Happen

    1. You’re welcome. This is a disease I had never heard of, so maybe there are others out there who have never heard of it, but may know someone with some of the symptoms. Thank you for sharing. God bless. May you both have a long, happy life together. BTW, do you know if this is something hereditary?


      1. The leaky mitral valve was definitely hereditary. My husband’s brother had the same problem and needed a similar surgery. The infection was not hereditary, but because his heart was “weakened” from the first surgery to repair the valve it made the perfect place for an infection to develop. Anyone can get a heart infection, but it is much more common in people who have heart issues to begin with.

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  1. Thank you for answering my questions. There are so many strange (meaning rarely heard of) ailments we can get. What a great God to give doctors the wisdom and knowledge to know how to treat them, and for people like yourself who share their stories in case someone else has or may come down with it.


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