Health care in swaziland looks a bit different from back in the states. As I watched a small herd of ants(ok colony, but herd sounds cooler) march in single file across the floor and down the hall. My roomates; 1 snoring like a champ and one rustling on the 2inch foam bed covered in plastic. Nurses continued their rounds and check on us. (the door only closes if you slam it-it may be too big for the frame). My fever has spiked a bit and I have a pretty good soar throat. It is now 6am Thursday-and I should be getting a consult soon on surgery (he can do laptoscopic...but...they don't have tools here in swazi-so it would be the old school "cut em and gut em". Lol)
Odd-very little pain in my abdomen for the first time in many days. Healing? I believe God can if He wants! Here is the real life struggle: He can and He has proven it over and over in written testimony in the Bible...but do we really believe He will? Easy to say yes, but if you know me-you know I don't like the gold star answers from Sunday school. I would rather be real and talk about heart issues. Do I trust that He would do this in my body?
Some amazing things have happened over night-and perhaps this is a small part of why I got to stay at this little hospital.
Radiologist is from Zambia-been here for 9months and knows no one outside of work and does not speak the language. Tried going to church-but hers was in siswatti. (guess who is now going to come to church with us).
Benjamin from Zimbabwe is a nurse and friend here. He has volunteered to help Cup one day a week for the past 8 months to do mobile clinics at the CarePoints-had a good chance to visit with him. And just now I met elizabeth from Nigeria. She is VERY shy and goes to the 7th day Adventist church(but has not been going because she is uncomfortable in crowds and feels like folks stare at her.) She is very sweet, but even after a 20minute conversation-still could not look me in the eyes. She has been here 2 years and goes to work and goes home...that's it. We talked about Gods plan for us to have community and that I am and know alot of other "misfits" here in swaziland-that she is not alone. She says she will come to HPC young adults connect class and stop in to the cup offices to visit and possibly volunteer.
Interesting how God can slow us down for special appointments.
I remain prayerful that shock and awe will flood this place when the doctor says-there is nothing-go home. But I remain at complete peace if surgery is the only option.
I am sad however, chars 45th birthday is tomorrow and we had finally planned a trip to get away for 3 days with good friends. We were blessed with a trip to Victoria Falls in north west Zimbabwe/Zambia. We were really looking forward to getting away for a bit, and I was really wanting to celebrate my awesome wife in that way.
Who knows-we may still get to go. Perhaps the Lord was just asking/reminding us that we must always be willing to surrender and lay anything down. I so often fail at tests like that. I often have a whole lot of "I" "I" "I". And not enough of "Him"
I wait expectantly on the doc, lab results, and the plan. As of last night doc said if swelling goes down we don't need emergency surgery, but will need to schedule surgery.
Will keep you posted. But for now-will you pray for those that He put in my path?
Thanks for all the prayers and support. Love ya like a granny loves her dentures!