On December 3rd, we had quite an experience with our new friends from Hawaii (previously Micronesia). Arson (age 23) had what we now know was not really an esophageal transplant but more of a 'resection' and total reconstruction. We got up at 3 in the morning to get them to the hospital by 4 am. He then underwent 14 hours of surgery. We visited the hospital a couple times during the day and we could really relate to their family's heartache and worry. We then came back in the evening and were there with the family when the doctor came out to tell them the outcome and explain how the surgery had gone. It was then that we learned what a delicate operation it had been, with the surgical team having to work carefully around the trachea, the vocal cords, and the aorta. It seemed that they were very hopeful that everything went well and
We have made some member visits, ward councils, and attended a couple of ward parties this week. We are still really having trouble putting names and faces together. One ward is usually hard enough, but to get everyone straight in two wards for two "old minds" is really a challenge for us. Jim keeps telling everyone that we are "just off the boat"! Wonder how long we can use that excuse!
We also had a really neat family history experience this week. Pat knew that
Anyway, we decided that since we are so close to Washington County that we would look into things here a bit. Pat called Lorrie at the church family history center here. She made the comment that we didn't need to come to the center because ten minutes from our apartment is the best collection of history on western Pennsylvania available anywhere--- at the Carnegie Library. And so guess
We also wanted to mention that we have also attended our first baptism in the mission field. The young man baptized was Gregory. He and his family have recently moved her from South Africa.