This was Evan less than two weeks ago. He wasn't feeling well then started having chest pains. Upon arriving at the Emergency room at the hospital, he had an EKG and was told he was having a heart attack! A team of doctors and nurses descended on him and they started prepping him for surgery, doing more tests and having him sign consents. His wife called me and I immediately left for the hospital after calling my husband. It was the longest forty-five minutes in our life before we heard the news that our almost thirty-six year old son was NOT having a heart attack, confirmed by the angiogram. He had arrhythmia caused by viral paracarditis. Paracarditis is an infection of the sac that protects the heart. Anyone can get it and there was nothing he could do to avoid it. It can cause heart damage if he were to get it again and again, which is more likely now that he has had it once.
Needless to say, we are very grateful that Evan didn't have a heart attack. He spent the night in the hospital undergoing tests and observation and was released the next afternoon. He slept for about three days and grew more sick with flu and cold like symptoms before he started feeling better.
After 11 days off work, he is back and feeling well, with just a little pain and stiffness in his wrist from the angiogram.
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This passed Sunday we celebrated Evan's birthday, a few days early. It was a great celebration, even if only half the family could attend.
I made a special cake, which I have renamed "The Three Day Cake", because that's how long it took to make it. I baked the cakes and froze them on Thursday; I made the lemon cream filling on Friday and made the frosting and assembled the cake on Sunday.
The cake was very good but to be honest I thought my own lemon curd recipe and a lighter frosting would have been better. The filling and frosting just had too much butter in them to be palatable. You can find the recipe for the Strawberry-Lemon Thyme Chiffon Cake here. (I left out the thyme from the recipe but used thyme to decorate the top of the cake).
This makes a huge cake. We served 10 and only used half the cake. The other half went into the freezer for another day.
We are counting our blessings this week for the gift of our family and most especially that Evan is well and back to good health.