Monday, December 10, 2012
Sister Jensen Update
Dear friends & family,
There will be no weekly email from Sister Jensen this week. Instead she will be spending her p-day recovering from having her appendix removed.
For the past couple of weeks Rachel has had some stomach issues that could not seem to be explained. It was originally thought to be an acid reflux issue. The mission Dr called two weeks ago telling me he tried to get her something for it, but it wasn't available over the counter in Canada. And since he isn't licensed to prescribe medicine in Canada, he called it into our pharmacy and I put it in her Christmas box I was mailing the next day. If the online tracking is correct, her box should be delivered tomorrow. I am assuming she will no longer need the medicine.
Anyway, yesterday she went into the Dr. again because of her stomach and they did some blood work that showed her white blood count to be elevated. They decided she either had a problem with her appendix, gall bladder or ovarian cysts. They sent her home that night and told her to come back in the morning for some more tests. Today they did an ultrasound and decided it was her appendix and it needed to come out.
Rachel's mission President and wife called us several times to keep us informed of what was going on. We also received several emails from a Sister in the branch Rachel is serving in which contained more details about her day, including the fact that Rachel was seconds away from getting into the OR but was bumped due to an emergency c-section. But it all worked out and the surgery took place this evening. And once she was out of recovery and moved into her room, we were able to call and speak to her. Rachel sounded really good, and said she didn't feel any pain even though they hadn't given her any main medication. (We didn't point out to her that we were pretty sure she was being given pain meds through her IV.)
Rachel should go home tomorrow. Transfers are on Tuesday, and Rachel will be staying in Woodstock but getting a new companion. We are told the branch will help out so that Rachel can recover from her surgery and assume her new companion will be sent out on splits during the day.
We are very grateful that Rachel received so much love, support and care this weekend. The Lord truly looks after his missionaries and their families!
Have a great week!