Guess what? As of right now, I am finally typing with two hands again. That means that God is answering your prayers for healing and recovery! I am thrilled to share this good news with all of you! Thank you to each one of you who has fought this battle alongside me, through prayer. Your expressions of concern, friendship and encouragement have meant so much as I have dealt with this situation.
Yesterday, the dermatologist was pleased with the improvement on both my fingers and legs. We are still waiting for the results from my blood tests to find out what bacteria caused the infections and what allergies I may have.
My fingers finally stopped oozing on Sunday. It is wonderful to be able to look at my hands without being grossed out by blisters, raw flesh, yellow liquid oozing out, or a strange smell. The pain has steadily decreased as well, leaving only an extreme sensitivity, and an occasional mild throbbing sensation. Most of the fingers are able to bend and straighten normally, and the last couple are well on their way.
It has been great slowly resuming normal activities. Today’s “firsts”:
- Typing with correct form and fingering.
- Showering without using gloves or bandages for protection (and it didn’t hurt).
- Washed dishes (with gloves).
- Walked for an hour (and my legs aren’t burning with pain as they did last time I thought they could handle a 15-minute walk)
Unfortunately, I will not be able to go back to the village for at least 10 more days. Next Monday, the dermatologist wants to do an allergy contact test, which she will need to read later in the week.
But now that I’m feeling almost back to normal, and no longer dealing with major skin infections, less time will be needed for surviving, leaving more time for accomplishing useful things. Although survival is rather useful, come to think of it. Maybe it would be smart to keep that as a daily goal. Here’s a few other activities on my list:
- BAKING – Always a fun diversion, but this time also as a thank-you to the base missionaries who have helped me out so much during these challenging days.
- LANGUAGE STUDY – Thanks to willing Neno teachers, I brought pages of vocabulary and language notes back from the village, as well as many voice recordings. It should be enough to provide many hours of studying!
- NEWSLETTER – Typing and sending e-mail updates (English and Portuguese versions), with lots of village pictures and details that I can’t post here on the blog.
- SHOPPING – If all goes according to plan, I also hope to use this time in the city to buy materials and household supplies for building my own little house in the village.
Please continue to pray:
Pray that the tests will help the doctor figure out everything that led to these infections, so that she can advise me on how to avoid them in the future. Also pray that my fingertips will recover quickly and well. It has been over two years since I have had normal, consistent, unhindered use of all my fingers, and I believe the time has come for complete healing, so I can serve God and the Neno with my hands and my heart. Pray that I will use this time in the city wisely, and that God will provide a ride back to the village as soon as possible after the allergy tests are finished. Thank you!