Medical Results

Posted: July 28, 2018 by Lenny in Jos Nigeria, Lenny Miles, Miles In Missions, Nigeria, Prayer, SIM
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Panoramic photo of a nearby beach. Simply amazing!

I’m glad to be back home, but Cape Town is an amazingly beautiful place where I could stay for a long time. Not having my family there made it completely boring though. I was expecting to have to stay there longer, but thankfully the healthcare system in South Africa is amazing and the Doctor had everything planned for me ahead of time.

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Selfie at the Hospital

I left Nigeria on a Monday, arrived in South Africa on Tuesday, and saw the Doctor for the first time on Wednesday. He planned for me to be admitted to the hospital the next day for an overnight stay and would have all my testing done right away. Everything went so amazingly fast that I was done with everything by 4:00pm and I didn’t even have to stay the night at the hospital! The following Monday I met with the doctor for the results (explained below) and the results were so good that I had no reason to stay in South Africa as long as I had originally expected. I called the airlines and changed my tickets for Wednesday and made it back home to Nigeria a full 10 days ahead of time.

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Hospital Room

As far as my health, it’s all great news. I’m am very healthy… Praise God! The only health concerns are… Gastritis and High Cholesterol causing a “fatty liver”.

An ultrasound found that my liver is a little big and they call it a fatty liver. The doctor told me, without having seen the blood tests results yet, that it is most likely caused by high cholesterol and the blood test results later confirmed it. My cholesterol is elevated, but not bad enough to treat with medicine. A change of diet and exercise should help all of this in some time.

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Dr. Office

Next, they did the gastroscopy and found no ulcers, took some biopsies, and found that I have gastritis which is inflammation of the stomach lining, but no cancers, etc. It can be caused by diet, but the doctor and I think it could be a result of long-term use of ibuprofen or the combination of the two.

Thats it.

As far as malaria, the doctor and I are in agreement that there is no way I actually had malaria that many times. He suspects that I was sick each time, but it was most likely a false positive or poor lab technician giving the wrong diagnoses and I was actually sick with something else giving many of the same symptoms of malaria. The doctor basically said that just as one person is allergic to poison ivy and another isn’t or that seasonal allergies affect some while others not at all, is most likely how my body is different in fighting small bugs and infections from most other expats in our field. The gastritis could also be contributing to my symptoms producing diarrhea, nausea, and cramping. They did a test to see if malaria is in my blood down to the molecular level. They found none and that means that it is not living in my liver and not lying dormant. I have no malaria in my blood. He does want me to change to a different medicine for preventing malaria.

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New Testament in Afrikaans at Dr.’s office

They checked my liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and other major organs with ultrasound and combined with blood tests, everything is functioning normally. My immune system is fine. They tested for Schistosomiasis and it is negative. Stool given is completely clean (oxygen-moron?) no parasites or bad bacteria.

The doctors biggest takeaway from our discussions was that in my history I mentioned that I am never sick when I am away from Nigeria. He kept saying, “It’s your environment”. This is when he explained that my body acts differently to the normal things of Nigeria that other people’s bodies tolerate easily. It is just what each of us is genetically predisposed to handling with our immune systems.

We are extremely thankful that our health insurance with SIM is great. When being treated outside of the USA they cover 100% of the medical costs. If I had come to the USA for treatment, there would have been a large deductible in addition to all travel costs.

That’s really the best summary I can give. Thank you all for your prayers during this time. We appreciate all of you and once again your prayers have worked for our family!

Here are some extra pictures of my trip…

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View just outside the driveway of the house I stayed in.

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Table Mountain. One of the 7 Wonders of Nature in the world.

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Sunset in Cape Town

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Another view of Table Mountain. This just a block away from the house I stayed.

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My rental car. Tiny, but it was brand new.

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Got to put my toes in the sand.

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One of the dinners I cooked for myself. Can anyone say “High Cholesterol”?

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Crystal clear nights and the moon.

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One of the dinners I cooked for myself. Can anyone say “High Cholesterol”?

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Dishes for a single guy.

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My nice room for the stay.

 

Comments
  1. Cindy Borody says:

    Yay! James met asking me if there was any word on Lenny. God is Good!

    ~ Cindy Sent from my iPhone

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  2. lovedbyhim32 says:

    Great news Lenny,

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  3. Ginger Parker says:

    Lenny, What great news. The test results are definately something you can work with and we pray the symptoms you are experiencing diminish. It seems to me someone was just paving the way for you – for a perfect experience, from timing, to lodging, to medical care, to a fast return to your family. We so admire your commitment to serve the Lord faithfully, and do so regardless of the difficulties you face. The devil is looking for any little crack to divert your attention, our health is an easy point of entry since fear and concern overtake us when we are trying to figure out our problem. Richard and I just love your dependence on the Lord to walk with you on these earthly diversion. God bless you as you continue to serve him and his purpose.

  4. Jolene Eicher says:

    Just like in the states when you came in contact with poison ivy – you required some serious antibiotic injections because your immune system could not tolerate the poison ivy. You just have a overall problem living on earth. Love you!

  5. Joanne inger says:

    I am so happy for you I just read your doctors report

  6. lovedbyhim32 says:

    Good news.

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  7. Hutchison, Ray says:

    I am so glad to hear the good report concerning your health, Lenny. Those seem to be relatively easy fixes and I’m sure you and Patrice are feeling some relief.

    God bless!

    Ray

    Ray Hutchison
    SIM East Central Regional Director
    119 Melony Lane
    Lititz, PA 17543

    717-917-9405

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  8. jjandbevan says:

    I am so glad that you are well.  God is so good.  He knows that you are a true and faithful servant in his army and you have plenty to do.  I am also in your league with a fatty love but on cholesterol medication.  But your dinner looked awesome as did the place you stayed.   I plan on being in Jos in March or spring of next year to help with the hospital per Carmen.  I need to get a address from you to send the medical supplies to here in the states to send to Jos.  Carmen said there was someone here I could send to before September.  If you could get me that information I will ship and mark for Jos hospital. Again, glad you are well and look forward to seeing you. Joyce LaneSurgical Coordinator Technologist.

  9. fred says:

    It’s good to confirm that you are healthy and no underlying problems are affecting you. My confidence is in God’s faithfulness to you.

  10. Ackley, Meg says:

    What a relief! So thankful and will continue praying for changes that need to be made! Thanking God with you!

    Lovingly,
    Meg and Dick

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  11. dameiler@aol.com says:

    Hey Lenny and Patrice and family! Love to hear how God keeps showing up in your lives! I pray for you guys everyday and especially Lenny with your health! Praise God for all things that you are doing pretty good! May the Lord continue to bless and keep you! Dale

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  12. Dale Butts says:

    So thankful Lenny is healthy!!! Loved all the pics!!!!! S. Africa is beautiful!!!!🤗

    Thank you, Tracy Butts

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  13. Aida Darnell says:

    So grateful to God for Lennys good health report. Watch that cholesterol! Much love. Thanks for the report

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  14. Heather Borntraeger says:

    So thankful to God for this good news.

  15. Iglesias, Dana says:

    hey Lenny,

    so glad to see a positive outcome. Praying as you continue to serve in Jos!!

    prayers and peace to you,
    -Dana

  16. Schansberg, D. Eric says:

    Hey y’all…

    Kurt and I led a team that just got back from Burkina Faso last night.

    We had DC28:20 (the lighter version) translated into French and are praying for the work to spread throughout French-speaking West Africa.

    Hope you’re well! eric

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