I received this message last night from my friend, Paul Pierson. Please be praying for him. In the short time that I have known him, he has truly impacted my walk with the Lord. He is watching for the Lord to do something amazing. Join with me in praying God would be glorified in this. Below is his message:
Subject: Kidney Update
So 6 weeks ago I scheduled a check up with my doctor to see how my kidneys were functioning, before I planned on leaving for Thailand.
That was last week.
If you read my last email, you know I was diagnosed as Stage 4 Renal Failure.
Basically that means I have 19% kidney function. Not good.
If you have 15% kidney function, you start dialysis and then, if your kidney's don't start working, you get put on a kidney transplant list. This stage is called Stage 5: End stage renal failure. End being the key word.
So I'm 4% away from from Stage 5.
Or so I thought.
I went to my new kidney specialist this morning and I have a new chapter in my life.
The "average" kidney disease takes about 25-30 years to "kill" ones kidney's, so to speak. That's why it's mostly older people who are on dialysis and then on transplant lists.
I've had this disease for about 14 years, but because of the aggressiveness of it, it's almost like I've had it for 40+ years.
I found out this morning that my kidney doctor has decided to skip dialysis altogether.
I must get a kidney transplant.
On Thursday, 11/5/09, I start the process for a kidney transplant.
Unfortunately, this means my Thailand trip is going to be delayed a minimum of 6 months, possibly 12 months.
I don't have health insurance, so this is going to be fun.
I mean that sincerely. I think God is going to do some amazing things during this process and I"m excited to see how it all pans out!
In fact he already started today. I put missionary as my job title and when the doctor walked in, he immediately started talking about my travels, where i've been etc.
After 15 minutes of talking about the the poor in various central Asian countries (he's from central Asia) he said (in regard to the $400 doctors payment I had to pay)
"Don't worry about today's fee. You do good work. Besides, you and I are not done talking about these things."
Ha! How sweet is that?
Who ever heard of a Doctor waiving a $400 fee?
I truly believe that's just a "minor" miracle Jesus is going to work out for me during this whole process.
Keep your eyes open and be ready to Praise God for all that's about to happen.