My religion professor began having shortness of breath several months ago. He went to the doctor, they ran tests, and things were “inconclusive”. Because one of his ventricles wasn’t working correctly (no electrical impulse on one of the charts during the endurance test), they thought maybe it was a temporary viral thing, and that with proper rest, it would get better.
Meanwhile, he was having trouble breathing while climbing the stairs to his office, and has been unable to do the things he once enjoyed (running, spending more active time with his wife and 13-year-old daughter).
Last week, he went to the doctor, and she called him in an appointment to a cardiologist, because whatever it was wasn’t going away, and he was feeling progressively worse. Obviously the fact that finals are upon us isn’t helping matters any.
He went to the cardiologist today, and they discovered that whatever was going on wasn’t just a fluke or virus – it was life-threatening. I’m not exactly sure what it is. He’s going into surgery shortly – my friend from class just called me to tell me. They’re trying to get a group together to visit him tomorrow if we’re able to see him (and man, it hurts to write that “if”).
Anyway, you guys know I’m not particularly religious in a traditional sense, but if there’s any sort of spirituality that I possess, it’s because of this professor. He re-awakened my interest in studying theology and having intelligent conversations about such with this course that I’m currently finishing up. He respected the fact that I’m agnostic, and we’ve had great conversations about the different subjects discussed in class. He loves his family, and carries his Bible and a photo of his daughter with him everywhere he goes. He’s a genuinely nice person, and I think he truly cares for every person he comes into contact with. If you asked him to help you, he’d do everything in his power to make sure that you get that help, even if he’s not the one who directly contributes.
He is a truly good person, and what I feel a Christian should be.
Please pray for him, keep him in your thoughts…whatever it is that you do. It feels odd for me to write this, but there it is.
I really hope he makes it through this.