We’re checking into the hospital again today, another Jeub drama with medical care. Wendy is having a tumor removed from her esophagus. We would appreciate your prayers, and I thought you’d likewise appreciate the story. Here it is.
About a year ago Wendy began having difficulty swallowing. This wasn’t the first time this happened. Five years ago Wendy had her esophagus dilated, a fairly common procedure, and at the time they said she’s likely need it again “in about five years.” In January, right on schedule, Wendy went in for another dilation. As the doctor sent the catheter down her throat, he discovered a large cyst in the side wall of her upper esophagus. It was totally unrelated to first problem, and this cyst was bulging at 5 cm in diameter. This was no small obstruction.
I have brought Wendy in for several tests – a needle biopsy and a CAT scan – even a second opinion. Five doctors have been involved in the analysis. The growth is a tumor, but it is highly unlikely that it is a malignant cancer. “Unlikely” isn’t absolute, of course, which is a weak spot for fear and doubt to do its hideous work in our minds. But our hearts are at peace.
Today Wendy is admitted into the hospital. We’ve arranged for childcare and the next two days of activities. She may not be able to talk immediately after the operation, so I’ll be staying at the hospital with Wendy. Our network of dear friends are so supportive and kind. Wendy should be back home and recovering by tomorrow.
As you may know, this is the third major hospital visit since September. Micah’s fight with the table saw, my near-death experience with myocarditis, and now Wendy’s tumor in her esophagus. The administrators at Penrose are quite familiar with us by now.
Wendy and I will keep you posted on this blog and on Facebook. Thank you for your prayers!