32. Hiccups (Bumps) Happens!
“The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” (Psalm 145:17)
“These things I (Jesus) have spoken unto you, that in me (Jesus) ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
The verses above are ministering to my heart this morning.
Somehow Len’s incision got infected. It manifested last week at which time he was prescribed antibiotics. Then matters worsened. Subsequently, a clear liquid drainage was visible. No fever was ever evident. He did not feel bad—in fact he felt great and had stopped taking any pain medicine!
I have been blessed to communicate directly with Len’s local PCM (primary care manager) and via phone with his neurologist. Both were pleased with the progress of his healing. That is until his neurologist did further investigation and determined that the discharge was not all from an infection, but some was possibly from the glue used to help seal the original stitches. (Because this glue was used internally, I had no knowledge of it.) Then the doctor's main concern became the clear fluid that started draining, mostly when Len coughed. Turns out this substance was spinal fluid. The medical term is cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). As a result, additional stitches were required to close the small area to prevent further draining. (I watched as Len got two stitches without the using any numbing medicine. While watching, I prayed and cringed!) Currently, additional concerns requires special testings to determine the next action needed.
This is where you can help. Please pray for us as we endure this hiccup/bump. Without a doubt, we know that God knew about this complication BEFORE it was made known to us. This alone provides assurance in our hearts that God knows what He is doing. Our trust is in Him. Where He leads, we will follow.
Lastly, Len’s vision is still impaired. His doctor still says it will take months to determine what needs to be done. Therefore, would you please continue praying for his vision? Thank you.
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Len's wife with his assistance!
Dr. Verna Foster Harvey