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Further along the unexpected road

Surgery number three in Kenya, May 23-- not our choice of how to end our first vacation of the year.  We were, however, thankful to be together this time.  Our children had been to Tenwek Hospital 2 years earlier, and still remembered many of the kids.  They were excited to renew friendships and meet new families that had more recently joined the work there.  

With Elizabeth attending to me before and after surgery, and the kids enjoying themselves with us, this surgery was a much more peaceful experience.  The surgeon replaced the retina, dissecting the scar tissue which had formed after the first two surgeries and caused the second detachment.  He placed silicone oil in the eye to keep the retina in place, with the understanding that the oil would need to be surgically removed six months later.  Recovery was much quicker than the previous times-- which seemed to be related to the presence of my wife and family.  I still had no useful vision in the right eye, because of the oil and the damage to the retina, but we were ready to settle in with life again.  I was encouraged by one of the doctors there that I might still be able to do surgery with eyesight in only one eye.

Back in South Sudan, I resumed work-- minus performing surgeries.  After about 3 weeks, my partner was going on holiday, so I thought I would try operating with him a few times.  It was difficult, and I was more cautious than before my loss of sight, but I found that I could safely do what needed to be done.  While many were praying for restoration of my sight, God showed us that He would instead give us what we needed to continue.  His grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect in weakness.  It is our hope that in our weakness, others will see His greatness.

In early August, a recheck revealed that the retina is still in place and the nerve is healthy!  On the other hand, the iris is stuck to the lens (causing the pupil not to constrict much), a cataract is forming in the lens, the pressure is low (likely due to a leak inside the eye), and the right eye is not aligned with the left.  The vision is still worse than 20/400, with distortion of what is seen.  After praying and considering the options, we have determined the next round of evaluation and surgery will be best accomplished in the US-- in December of this year.

In the process of these many trips to Tenwek, the Lord has connected us with new friends and initiated discussions about how to strengthen healthcare in South Sudan.  We share what we are learning medically, and dream about how God would have us encourage health providers in East Africa.  Perhaps He will use this series of trials to save lives in South Sudan and bring glory to His name-- which is His goal, and therefore ours as well.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014 17:07

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