ONE MORE TIME
Hey kids, who wants another “Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy”? Just raise your hand…
What? No one? How about you, Billy?
Well, I didn’t exactly volunteer for another round, but turns out it is necessary. A follow-up ultrasound revealed that the kidney stone I had blasted was not completely fragmented by the procedure. So Tuesday I get a repeat. Yay!
Apparently my stone was about half “cystine” which is a very hard mineral. So yes, this opens up the way for way too many “hard rock” jokes.
But we are thankful that the stone was not composed of uric acid. This would have meant having to eliminate a lot of good food from my diet: broccoli, tuna, peanuts and peanut butter and other legumes, including REFRIED BEANS! Life without pinto beans? Yikes. That was a close call.
The other half of the stone’s composition was calcium, and so the doctor is ordering tests to see what might be causing that. One possibility is an over-productive parathyroid gland… actually make that glands, plural. The body apparently has 4 of them.. but some people actually have up to 8. The parathyroid glands are located behind the thyroid… but for some people, they are inside the thyroid.
Okay, now wait a minute… what other organ or body part can boast of such variety?? Do you ever hear anything like, “People have two ears, but some have 5 or 6; they are usually on the side of the head, but occasionally they are inside the cheek…”???! It’s just a little bizarre, if you ask me.
HANGING IN MANILA…
So this means we are stuck in Manila a bit longer. I have the repeat ESWL procedure on Tuesday, January 15. Then a follow-up ultrasound and a trip to the doctor about a week later will tell us if I am free to return to Palawan or if we still need to stay close to medical care. A problem with the stones, such as an obstruction, is not something we want to experience while in the jungle and unable to be flown out. So anyway, when we talk to the doctor at that time, we will plan when to deal with the stones in the left kidney. Most likely a few months down the road.
Meanwhile, God has given us lots of great opportunities during this unplanned time in Manila. “Unplanned” for us, but in God’s plan all along, of course. Donna has had numerous opportunities to talk with people who needed counsel or encouragement. They came to her and she was able to use her gifts as well as some of her training in those areas. I have been able to work on various Palawano translation projects on the computer, and have been involved in some meetings as our field is working through some issues with revising out language learning programs.
Please pray with us once again, that this procedure would go well, and be successful in eliminating the kidney stone and as we plan beyond that.