Are Ya Kidding Me?

Oh, to go back and erase all the years I’ve muddled through life with brain fog and fatigue.
Honestly, all this time, all these years I’ve pushed my mind with much caffeine, random slogging (aka “slooow jogging”), and oodles of vitamins just to focus.
And this one super-de-dooper, non-invasive procedure cleared my brain and reduced my upper body swolleness.
So now I  must confess how incredibly stubborn that I am.
I orginally didn’t want this procedure.
As soon as I learned my doctors had stumbled upon another problem with my body and there was a chance it would improve the quality of my life, I internally plugged my ears and performed a silent protest. Vintage-fingers-in-ears-not-listening
No. More. Needles. Would. Touch. My. Body.
That is, if I could help it.
And do you want to know the sad fact? My husband, an incredibly intelligent man, kept prompting these docs to dig further, run more tests to find out why my upper body looked like the Stay Puft Marshmellow (Wo-)Man. hospital 2015Yet, every time my hubby mentioned I should just see someone who specializes in Superior Vena Cava Syndrome, I internally recoiled.
My doctors had given me lasix to reduce the fluid, I kept reminding myself, and I knew in a year or two my body would regrow veins to compensate for my main blocked one.
Ugh. Someone kick me.
Jason was right.
(Do you people know how hard it is to admit this?) 😉
The only wisdom I can share with you today is that sometimes surrendering (letting go of the fight your determined to overpower) is the wisest choice, especially when you’re seeking the Father for guidance.
The best part, though? I asked you to pray that all would go well, and it did.
I asked for prayer that this new stent would reduce my upper body puffiness, and it did.
I asked for this to increase my oxygen, and it did. I haven’t thought this clearly in years.
Prayer works.
So thank you for lifting me up to the Father, for sending me precious, precious emails and lengthy comments to encourage me, and for helping me walk through this journey. This meant so much!
Now I want to return the favor. Do you have a prayer request? If so, I promise if you email me or better yet, if you publically comment (you can do so anonymously), I’ll pray for you regularly…and I know if your prayer is public, this community will too.
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).


  • Ginger

    Please pray for my husband of 43 years to accept Jesus. For the first time ever in our marriage, he attending Sunday worship with me and hearing the gospel each time as we are studying Acts and Paul’s missionary journey. Thanks in advance for you prayers.

    • dabneyhedegard

      That is awesome!!! Praising God for this and praying to Him that your husband continues to soften His heart towards the Lord. Praying, praying, praying!

      • Ginger

        Dabney, Thank you so much for the prayers…There is no stronger power in spiritual warfare than prayer and each salvation involves spiritual warfare.

  • Barbara

    Awesome news! My husband, Greg, and I are giving praise and thanksgiving to the Lord God Almighty! P. S. Your husband is awesome too for being relentless. Also, thankful you are self described as sooo stubborn to keep running the race; pretty awesome yourself! God is good.

  • laurabennet

    I’m so glad you are doing well! Praising God with you. My issues don’t even compare to the nightmare you and your family has been living through, but I’ll appreciate your prayers! Short story: the past 2 months have been a ride…hubby’s job issues, family car accident with lots of doctor appointments, etc., moved, fell at work thus putting the good knee also out of commission – those are the circumstances which God is using for good, but the enemy’s attacks come at us hard every day, all day. That is my request. That I would be more alert, more living in the presence of Jesus to resist that enemy and more gracious with my family in the midst of it all. Thanks!! Praying for you too. =)

  • Anonymous

    So happy to hear your procedure was a success, Dabney!
    Please pray for salvation for my daughter’s mother and father in law. I believe this will bring their family together in much needed unity.

  • Joy Miller

    It is so wonderful to hear you are doing better!! My husband and I have been praying for you….and for Jason’s heart as well. I would love prayers for my heart condition. I started with afib 5 years ago and was told that first time that I was not going to make it through the night. Like you, I did. I had a cardiac ablation to correct in June of 2012 and while it helped, the side effects from the ablation almost killed me….I also ended up with atrial tachycardia from the ablation. Five months later, I had a very bad episode of afib/tachycardia and the ER nurses again said I probably wasn’t going to make it through the night. I have been told I need another ablation but I am believing God for complete healing without another operation. I am asking for prayer support….

  • Monica Applegate

    My 2 adult children and their spouses have walked away from God, As children they asked Jesus to be their Savior, but I am not sure if their wives are believers. I would ask prayer that my 2 sons and their wives would would return to God with their whole heart and serve him.

  • Nancy Cleland

    I’m so happy your are feeling so much better! NOW, sign me up for that procedure! I live on caffeine to get through the day too!
    I would love for you to pray for someone very close to me, my grandson. To avoid going into a lot of details, there is a very negative force in his life causing mental issues that could lead to suicidal issues, hurting others or trying to run away from home and he’s only at the tender age of 8. Please, please, please pray for this little guy! God knows what he needs, I can’t even tell you what to pray for only that God works in his life for what is best for him!
    Thank you so much! I know I haven’t seen you since you were only 14 years old but with technology the way it is and watching you and your family grow over the years, I still feel close to you!
    Love ya

    • dabneyhedegard

      Nancy, My heart is breaking reading this request! But I want you to know that I will pray for your sweet grandson! And so will any other precious people who read your post!!
      Love you too,

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