I spent 3 days in the hospital this last week. Here is what happened.
Thursday morning we got up and did everything normal. At about 8:40 Elder Francisco told me that his back was hurting really bad. I asked him if he was still feeling the pain. He said no. I really didn't think much of it because honestly there always seems to be something wrong happening to him and kept harvesting spiritual food from the Book of Mormon. Well, he called Hna. Camarillo and she told us that we should go check it out at the hospital. At about 9:00 a.m. we took a taxi to a hospital named Puerto de Hierro. We arrived at about 9:30 and went to the back of the hospital and I kind of instructed Elder Francisco what to do and had Hna Camarillo talk to the lady at the desk for the emergency room. She had us go in a room and wait for a doctor. The doctors came in and saw us and tried to start telling my companion what she needed him to do in English. I had to explain that he doesn't speak English and that he only speaks Spanish (it's kind of funny that everyone thinks he speaks English). They checked everything out and talked to him about his pain that he had and if he had felt this pain before. Turns out my companion had kidney stones in the first part of January and took medication to help them pass through. In January he passed 2 stones. He said that the pain was way stronger back then than when he he had pain this last time. My companion is always careful about not drinking Coca Cola because he knows that they cause kidney stones. Anyways we went and had a CAT (TAC in Spanish) to see if there was anything else in his kidneys. I don't know if I have mentioned but my companion is always super nervous and is super homesick. Well going into the doctors didn't help either of these two things. Well when he was having the CAT scan the doctor called me over to explain what they could see. He showed me where is kidney was and showed me something big glowing super bright. This was a kidney stone. After the CAT scan we went back into the room and had them explain a little bit more about what they could see. Turns out what they saw was that this kidney stone that was in his kidney was about as big as the tip of our pointer finger (starting at the nail). In other words, Huge! They told us that he could not be able to get rid of it just by medications and urination - that only by surgery could it be taken care of. Well I called Hna. Camarillo and told her what was happening and that the Doctors said that he needed a surgery... she kind of got a little worried and I just kind of said it's all okay, we aren't going to do anything. We will wait for the Doctor to come back to figure out what we can do before we do anything. They talked and Hermana Camarillo told us that we needed to go to a different hospital to have a second opinion of what needed to happen. We left that hospital at about 1:50 p.m.
We got up Friday Morning at about 6:30 a.m. and President Camarillo and Hermana Camarillo came into our room at 7. They were super nice and really helped my companion feel better about the surgery. The doctor explained to them all that was going to happen in the surgery and was super nice. Before Elder Francisco left for the surgery President Camarillo and I gave Elder Francisco a blessing (I did the anointment and President did the sealing). He then left for the surgery.
While he was being operated upon... we went and had breakfast in the cafeteria. I talked to Pres. and Hna. Camarillo for a good while about their family and about my family as well. They are just really great people and really have a love for the people they are serving and the work they are doing. Hermana Camarillo also said that she was very impressed with my calmness through out everything that happened. She said that most missionaries have a really hard time with the hospitals and get really nervous... but that I was calm and helpful. I kind of just told her that I just kind of feel like God understands what happens in our lives and we just put our faith in him to help us through the hard things... things happen and we go on. I also told her that I was very happy that I had this experiance having 10 months in the mission and not 3 months. It was nice having 10 months because I have kind of adapted to problems in the mission and that I could actually understand what all of the doctors and people were telling me. I guess it is kind of cool (a huge blessing) that I could understand what was happening and what all of the doctors told me... and mostly that I could help my companion stay at a semi-calm level.
Sunday morning at about 11:00a.m. we finished paper work and finally left the hospital. We took a taxi home and at about 12:00 p.m. we made it to our house. Elder Byrd and Elder Garcia (leaders of the zone) came at about 1:30 and gave us sacrament. We said goodbye to Elder Byrd who left today (Monday) in the morning. Elder Byrd is one of the best missionaries I have ever met and said some nice things... telling me that I will become a great leader and that I have been a good example for him. I told him thanks for everything and now he is enjoying the luxury of being in his house in Riverton Utah. I love him. He is such a great guy and I hope to become as great as a missionary as him.
Well Elder Francisco has to wait 10 more days until he can go back to mission work. So I have been put in charge to be his nurse for the next 10 days. I don't know how I am going to do it... I am all ready going crazy with out working for 4 days. But I know we can do it and sooner than we think we will be out there helping people again.
This week has been super crazy and have realized how blessed I have been in my life. First off I have good health, but I really have been filled with the love of the Lord. I really feel that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and that he will help us get through what ever we need to. Sometimes we don't understand the trials we go through, or why things happen to us, but God knows... and he loves us and will help us with everything. I am also very greatful to be able to have been prepared to help my companion through this hard part in his life. I have never had to go through this either... being the person in charge of the patient and being in charge of all of the paperwork that follows... it's been a little different. But I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father that everything went well and that I have had the Gift of Tounges, and the patience, to be able to help my companion through this time of hardship. I have a strong testimony that God lives, he loves us, he will help us through anything if we just put our faith in him. The Church is true and I will talk to you all next week... although this was a good experience for us, I think we'll try and avoid trips to the hospital in the future.
P.S. Dad, while talking to the president turns out he also served in Torreón, México but in the year 1980-1982. His brother served in the same mission as well in the years 1985-1987. Did you know an Elder Camarillo?