(Note to prayer partners on October 12, 2004)
Cuy, as you’ve learned by now, refers to guinea pigs which are eaten on a regular basis here in the Andes Mountains. Well, as a result of thorough medical exams I’ve gone through yesterday and today, I’ve been advised to stay away from the “delicacy” from now on. As you might imagine, that news didn’t make me very sad. However, I do have a problem for which I would very much appreciate your prayers.
This coming Friday morning (Oct. 15) I will have my gallbladder removed laparoscopically at the Hospital Monte Sinai here in Cuenca. An ultrasound revealed a large gallstone which explains some of the pain and sickness that I’ve had lately. Happily, Steve and I were able to find a competent doctor/surgeon that we trust, and he even speaks a good bit of English. This procedure requires only a 24-hour hospital stay, and Steve will be able to be right by my side. No one wants to have surgery while living in a Third World country, but God is in control.
(Report to prayer partners on October 17, 2004)
I received wonderful and attentive care. The hospital staff even brought in a flower arrangement with 2 orchids in it and a small fruit basket. Plus, three doctors had to sign off on my care ON A SATURDAY MORNING — the cardiologist, the pain management doctor and the surgeon — and they were all there as if it were a normal work-day. Would you believe that the total cost was only about $1500?? That included surgery, hospital stay, anesthesiologist, and doctors’ charges. Amazing! AND, I’ll get a CD of the whole deal that we can gather around and watch at Christmas time, if you want! Ha!
P.S. My recovery went smoothly. No infection. Praise the Lord
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength.” Proverbs 24:10