Meryl’s Health Update – Lunchtime, Tuesday

Meryl is cheerful, keeping everyone amused, up and out of bed, walking around, disgusted with hospital food, frustrated at being in hospital, feisty; and praising God for His goodness, grace and blessings! In other words, she is more or less back to her normal self except for a sore right wrist and left forearm where all the drips, IV’s etc were stuck in.

Earlier today, she wrote on her Facebook page:

“I always thought nitroglycerin was used to make bombs……… But on Sunday they gave me 2 tablets and since then I have been wearing a nitroglycerin patch on my arm..I get a new one every 6 hours… One thing about having any medical events you get to learn about a lot of new stuff..and for my activities to day I looks like I have something written on the white board “cardiac education” So looks like I will be learning more new stuff today.” (— feeling blessed at CCU Glens Falls Hospital.NY.)


“Looks like another good day here…..I had some sleep last night in small bursts… Am now free of IV’s and only attached to a BP cuff that automatically pumps up from time to time and they changed my heart monitor wires for a battery remote one.. But I am still not allowed to move around with out someone with me..and can not use my right arm as the ‘trauma ” to the artery is still healing from the procedure yesterday…but now beginning to feel stiff from being in bed and doing nothing…I need to be up and active…they just did blood tests so I hope my blood enzymes are normal and when the cardiologist does his rounds he says I can go home…next event to look forward to… Breakfast……

Well, her cardiologist came at about 9 AM and we had a long and good chat with him about all aspects of daily life and health. The bottom line is that he has adjusted and changed her medications a bit and is keeping her in hospital until Wednesday to watch over the results of the changes. After a few days fully to recover from this ‘episode’, as the hospital calls it, she should be completely up to normal operating speed. The cause of her minor heart attack is unlikely ever to be known but there are a couple of theories out there as to why it happened. There will be no restrictions on Meryl and she said to me a few minutes ago that one of the big ‘plusses’ is that she now knows what it feels like to have this experience, so she can immediately get help if it happens again.

We thank everyone most heartily and gratefully for their concern, prayers, and communications and send our love and blessings to you all. We will resume normal communications through snail mail, electronic mail including social media, telephone, including mobile/cell and face to face personal contact in the coming days.

With all our love and blessings, and in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Noel and Meryl


Meryl’s Health Update

Background: Meryl was having chest pains and ‘heaviness’ on Sunday, June 15th whilst we were at church. We left immediately, half way through the service, to go to the Emergency Room at Glens Falls Hospital. She was triaged immediately on arrival and admitted for more evaluation and observation, leading to an investigative heart catherization today, Monday June 16th.

Latest update personally from Meryl.

Please continue to pray.

I am feeling blessed with Toby Dawes and Noel Dawes at Glens Falls Hospital.

“This is the day The Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

My morning began early with a change of nursing staff, administration of today’s drugs and nothing to eat in readiness for my catherization.

I was taken one floor down to the procedure area in my bed where I was prepared for the cath met my doctor, who turned out to be from London.

Eventually the cath was done through the radial artery in my right wrist. This showed no blockages and just a normal buildup of plaque. No definitive reason was found for what. is still defined as a minor heart attack.

However some normal changes consistent with my age were detected in the blood vessels feeding my heart, and there is some thickening of the walls of the heart muscle. My heart enzymes continue to be slightly elevated so this, coupled with the fact that I suffered a mild heart attack, will keep me in hospital for another night for observation. I am feeling 99% better although quite fatigued.

I will be seeing my cardiologist on his rounds later this afternoon. I will see what he has to say and ask him some questions so there will be more later.