Thank you so much for your prayers for me these last few days!! Sorry it has taken me so long to get out another update, but I wanted to speak with the doctor again today so that I could give you more info!
From my last update, you will remember that I had been having some strange neurological symptoms last week, with numbness in my face, vertigo and vision disturbances. My doctor here in PNG arranged a medical evacuation for me. I sure appreciate all his hard work as it turned out to be more of a complicated situation to arrange. In the end, I was able to come to a lovely private hospital in Brisbane, Australia. A special medevac team flew me in their plane and I had a couple of medical people on board with me, so I was very well taken care of the whole way. No one was certain what my problem was, so they were extra-cautious. An NTM friend (and fellow-Canadian) came along with me and is here in Brisbane during this time, so I have not been alone. I have sure appreciated Sien and her willingness to help me during this time!!
Well, I arrived in Brisbane around 7:30pm after 8 ½ hours of travel!! I practically had jet-lag after such a long trip, but we had to stop and refuel partway through the trip which added on a couple of hours. They brought me right in a beautiful ER department and long story short, they had me into all kinds of tests immediately and I actually had an MRI within 2 hours after arrival (praise the Lord for a cancellation that evening!!)
My ER doctor was very thorough and after the MRI they confirmed to me that I have Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis came as a quite a surprise since we were thinking that I perhaps had something much more serious. Although MS is not a great disease to have, it is something I can live with and will not require any major follow-up treatment. Also, in the last decade there has been tremendous strides in medical treatment, and now most people with MS have very little negative effects. Of course, one never knows with the brain, but in all likelihood, I should be “fine” for years to come. I will be starting on some pills which will be like a preventative treatment, so that’s a pretty easy kind of thing to live with, all things considered.
After talking with my doctor a few minutes ago, we have made a couple of decisions about the days ahead. I expect to be released from the hospital on Monday and will be going home to Canada on Tuesday or Wednesday, whenever I can get a ticket. I’ll get on board with my Canadian doctors and get onto my treatment. Lord willing I should be home for just a couple of months and then will be able to return to PNG again. Not sure exactly how long its going to take. Just depends on how long they want to observe me and if they want to do follow up tests.
I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family at home again! However I am anxious to get back to PNG as well!! As you know, I have been making good progress on the Mengen New Testament and expect to be finished by the end of 2017. Just a bit more work to go, so I don’t want to stop now when I am so close to completion! My doctors are fine for me to return to PNG and they expect that I’ll have little or no MS symptoms for the foreseeable future.
I am so thankful for the Lord’s sovereignty over this whole situation. Thanks so much for all of your prayers.