Health update

Just to update you on the most recent developments in Joe’s health issue.  He has continued to have GI pain, nausea, and vomiting.  We were able to see the head of the Cooper GI department yesterday and are now waiting to have the upper GI/ small bowel follow through test to rule out obstruction.  There is concern that he may have adhesions caused by the Whipple surgery.  He may have to have an endoscopy sometime soon.

Today we saw the urologist.  The ultrasound that was done recently showed increased obstruction in the ureter, so the doctor scheduled a cystoscopy in order to dilate the ureter and put in a stent.  This will be done on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 am at Cooper.  It is not a pleasant procedure (as if any are) but is necessary in order to preserve the kidney function.  Please pray that Joe will not experience the renal colic that he has experienced with the other stents, which is equivalent to the pain of constantly passing a kidney stone. Joe said he is ready because his God is always ready.

Thank you for your prayer support.  We know that God does not waste anything and that this is another opportunity to share the Gospel, whether it be at Cooper or any other place. I also ask for continued prayer for me.  I am not really good at doing this, but Joe is kneeling next to me and asking me to be an example of the importance of asking for prayer.  Today’s news was totally unexpected to everyone except God. My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, ” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

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