Hi everyone... I wanted to give you and update on the awesome Ruth Stieff. Following the flareup in an infection, Ruth and I journeyed again yesterday (Thursday) to the University of Iowa (in Iowa City).
We met with various doctors. We now are working with a team of doctors from these 5 areas:
- Orthopedic surgery (our main focus)
- Reconstructive surgery
- Oncology (Ruth is cancer-free; next routine checkup is in November)
- Infectious Diseases
- Internal Medicine
We are extremely grateful to God for these outstanding medical professionals!
Ruth will have surgery on Monday afternoon, Lord willing. This surgery will be to remove any infection or infected tissues, and thoroughly clean the area. She will also have a smallportion of her femur (thigh bone) removed because the bone is infected. This aim of this surgery is to completely remove any infection. (As the oncologist said, "Your problem is no longer cancer. It's this persistent infection.")
We expect Ruth to be in the hospital for about 5 days. Following that, we hope to be able to return home. (We pray that they will not suggest going to a care facility or rehab hospital, or that that will be necessary.)
Ruth will be able to return to using her walker following this surgery. However, she will not be allowed to put any weight on her right leg for 6-12 weeks. So, that sets back her recovery and rehab to some degree.
Also, please pray that Ruth would maintain her appetite following surgery. We don't want her to lose any more weight!
Your kindness, thoughts, friendship, prayers, notes, emails and practical help are greatly appreciated, especially for the months of August through October. Ruth will not be as mobile during this recovery period.
If you are free, join us for a brief prayer time tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 am at the big tent at the Valley Community Center (4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Iowa).
Here's a prayer acronym. Pray for God to receive all the glory as you ask Him for...
H = Heal her body
E = Eliminate all infection
A = Advance her mobility
L = Lead us by the Spirit
Naturally, we are not thrilled that Ruth will be returning to surgery and have her recovery extended. Yesterday was a sobering day in some respects. Monday will be exactly 11 months since the first surgery. But we are very grateful for the medical care and the wonderful friends that God has given us throughout this journey. We are in good spirits, by God's grace and with your support.
So, we seek always to remain... "joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." (Romans 12:12)
We do have a deep, abiding joy that God has given to both of us.
We love you all. Thanks for caring!
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