What a wild and boring day! I really wanted Mitch, Laurel, and Deb to visit the HOPE home for elderly women since it is something that has really meant a lot to me in the past trips. So I stayed with Phil from early morning until just now. Short version: we'll all be home Wednesday night!
Long version: the MRI and EEG were this morning and I got to talk to the neurologist here at Lakeshore Hospital. Most of the day was a lot of waiting. Waiting for the tests and then waiting for the test results. Phil was coming off some of the meds and started getting real antsy! People kept chuckling because every 5 minutes he was trying to sit up in bed or on the stretcher. Most of the day he just felt real lonely so I was glad that I got to go with him for all the tests and sit with him. Then after lunchtime, Dr. Ashok came to the hospital from Chennai! He is the guy that runs HOPE for most (or all) of India and Phil got to meet him at the AIDS home and the HOPE school. He really cheered Phil up and sat and talked with him for a while. Then, in about 10 minutes, our entire day/week/mission trip changed. Ashok and I got to talk with the neurologist after he was able to look at the test results. What Phil suffered was not really a stroke. He has "something" (maybe some blood) in the top left part of his brain. The seizures were scary but not something that would threaten his life and the neurologist felt fine with getting Phil back to America. They started a 3-injection series of medicine that would end tomorrow evening in time to be discharged (not against physician recommendation) and make a flight to Chennai. Dr. Ashok will fly with us to Chennai where we will prayerfully meet up with Bruce St. Amour to escort Phil back home. Please pray that everything works out for Bruce to get here okay.
The one little bit of humor was when I got Phil to laugh because I told him so many people compare him to Paul but he failed in one area...Paul was content with his house arrest ministry! Ashok then told him to think of his heart monitors like Paul's chains! Phil loved it.
I love India but I will love reuniting Phil with his family even more. I don't want us to give up over here, the work is too important. Phil will help me convince any doubters 😊
Love you all and can't wait to see you!
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