Thursday, June 13, 2013

With heavy hearts

By Greg:

It is with heavy hearts that we say good-bye to Africa.  We are leaving tonight at 10:10 pm to return to the US for medical treatment.

Sunday I had a reversal as the catheter also became blocked.  I was back in the same situation that I was originally.  Very painful and unable to "vacate" my bladder.

We went to the clinic on Monday, but the Professor said he only likes to remove catheters first thing in the morning.  So we had to return first thing Tuesday.  I had been able to have some relief by attaching a bag and sitting and slowly it drained.

On Tuesday, they removed my catheter and I was able to urinate on my on, barely.  They sent me home and told me to come back if there was a problem.  In two hours there was a problem.  I complete shut down again.

They inserted a new catheter and told me to come back in a week and see the Professor.

We met with the Area President, Elder Dickson, and he so kindly, but firmly, counseled us to return to the US and get on top of this before it becomes worse.

So the wheels of the Church can really turn quickly when the health and safety of a missionary is concerned.  They even offered to have the Area Medical Advisor accompany me.  That is not necessary.

We will be home Friday morning, and hopefully we can get into see Doctors right away.  It will be a long flight, and I am not looking forward to it, but we will do what we can.

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