Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Appendectomy


This is Brian updating the Biedeblog. God has answered so many prayers for us this week. Anita had her appendix removed this morning and everything went well. The doctor said that it was a good thing we had it removed because it was in bad shape. He said that her "chronic appendicitis" is what has been causing her so much discomfort for the past nine months. That includes her 3 episodes of excruciating pain that caused us to look into this in the first place. For those who have been following the blog, the two times Anita was hospitalized when she was pregnant with Allison was probably because of her traumatized, hemorrhaging, abscess filled appendix. The doctor in South Africa had diagnosed those attacks as "tendinitis" but when she had a third episode three months after Allison was born we realized that it probably wasn't tendinitis. How grateful we are that this showed up on Anita's CT scan and that we were able to deal with this here in the U.S. -- if her appendix had burst in Malawi, our only option would have been to airlift her back to South Africa.

Anita was in the hospital at 6:30 AM this morning for surgery and able to return home at 6:00 PM this evening. The whole operation was done with a scope - AMAZING. The kids are all staying with friends until tomorrow afternoon and I have been able to be with Anita the whole time. My sister is planning to be here tomorrow to help me with the troops. Thank you, praying friends, and please continue to pray for Anita's recovery. (P.S. - the doctor also found a hernia while scoping out Anita's abdomen and he stitched that up while he was there - another thing to be thankful for). We have been accomplishing much on this furlough and look forward to our return to Malawi in just four weeks.

6 comments:

Conrad and Jen said...

Awesome news! What an answer to prayer!! Glad to hear that Anita is doing so well. Will continue to pray for her as she heals from surgery.

Lorraine said...

So thankful this was able to be resolved, and enough in advance for Christmas that she should be feeling pretty good.

Laura said...

So glad to hear everything went smoothly and especially that they could use a scope! We'll continue to pray =).

myrussells said...

How thankful I am to hear that it all went well. Praise the Lord that the Doc could fix the hernia too! Rest as much as you can. Have a lovely Christmas.

myrussells said...

How thankful I am to hear that it all went well. Praise the Lord that the Doc could fix the hernia too! Rest as much as you can. Have a lovely Christmas.

Lishe said...

this an answer to our prayers! so thankful she could be helped so well!
hope and pray she recovers well and you all can manage without her fer a few days :)