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Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 11, 12 or 13??

It's hard to tell if all of the "haha's" in this email are from delirium or a twisted sense of humor.  Or perhaps, it's just Elder Stott trying to make all of us, who are concerned, feel like he's starting to feel better.  Whatever the case, there are a LOT of them - fair warning!

Sister Wilkinson, the Mission Mama, has been keeping us updated this last week.  He has an unidentified bacterial infection.  No appetite, raging headaches, body-aches and very high fevers since April 9th.  He's been resting and sleeping a lot.  In addition to the Costa Rican Dr's he's been seeing, there is a mission nurse and a retired Dr, who is a Senior Missionary in Guatemala, who are checking on him regularly.  

Just today, Josh went to the Mission Home in San Jose.  Sister Wilkinson let him send me a quick message.  He said, "...I'm doing a lot better, the fever is super low now, like 101.  I'm feeling a lot better.  I'm just taking a lot of antibiotics and Advil for the headaches.  Apparently I look really skinny hahaha!  (insert grumpy face)  So I know it's like the mother's instinct, but you don't need to worry, I'm getting better!"    

....and now it's the mom's turn to say haha!  Don't Worry??  I don't know if I've ever been grateful for a fever of 101, but we'll take it!   Small victories :)

Thank you ALL for your love, support and your PRAYERS for Josh and our family.  This has been so hard, but we've been carried and comforted.  Elder Stott sounds certain that he's improving.  PLEASE, keep those prayers coming!

Hey everybody!

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Thanks for tuning in for weekly updates with Elder Stott!

So I am doing a whole lot better! After antibiotics, antibiotics, and more antibiotics, and faith - I am starting to feel a little better!

So this week, I went to the Hospital on Tuesday because I was not getting any better. I'd had a 105.1 fever and I went in to get my blood checked. I had been taking an antibiotic but it obviously was not helping (I could've told them that haha). After they tested my blood, the doctors still didn't know what I had. One thing: So a part of the test, tests for protein in my blood that tells if I have an infection. 40 mg/L is considered VERY high - I had 235 mg/L haha.  I was a walking petri dish or something... So they prescribed me 3 antibiotic injections for the next 3 days starting that day. Those where the most painful and uncomfortable injections EVER. It was like they were shooting me up with play-doh. And plus, I couldn't walk normal or straight this whole week (I'll let you add up those dots haha)

On Friday I had my second blood test. So the numbers were improving but they still weren't great. I had about 100 mg/L of the bad proteins in my blood. We met with this guy who walked in with a big gimp and a cane. HA!  I thought to myself that this was kinda like the show House because he looked kinda grumpy and old and had a gimp and a cane... hahaha. Anyways, he was really great and is a specialist in infections and I feel like he knows more than anyone else. He started me on my 3rd antibiotic and were going to see if adding it helps and to see what infection I have on Wednesday! 

On an interesting note: our Doctor in Guatelmala who reviews all medical cases here through the Secretary and Enfermaderas said that my amount of Protein C (235 mg/L) is the highest he's ever seen in 40+ years of working as a doctor HAHAHA!  BUT I'M DOING GREAT :) I promise hahaha

So as for this week, it was really boring. I just had to stay home and rest. I figured out I can sing a little bit higher. Apparently I've lost a lot of weight because I haven't had an appetite at all these past 2 weeks. haha I'm praying that our hot water will be back because even though I'm in Costa Rica, I'm using water from the freakin ARCTIC haha.

They have this weird massage-therapy-medicine thing here in Costa Rica. I don't believe in it haha but people here swear by it. So this guy shows up at a member's house. He was pretty old and he had mineral oil... I had no idea what was going on hahahah! He walks up, starts speaking really fast and rolls up my sleeves and starts massaging my forearms and hands SUPER, SUPER HARD. Yeah, it hurt a lot. And I dont think it helped AT ALL. It's supposed to help with stomach problems or something - and I know what you're thinking and you're right. Haha its complete garbage haha BUT my skin was super soft and I was knot-free which was an exceedingly great blessing hahaha!

Well that's all folks! Hope all is doing well! Pura Vida!

- Elder Stott :)

(Elder Holk)

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