Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Gall of It All

Lamentations 3:19
"I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall."

We've had better days. Everybody is okay, but we went from two cars to none in a matter of about an hour. The worst news came shortly thereafter when Tammy had to go back to the hospital. We're waiting for a sonogram, but the doctor thinks it may be her gall bladder. It is unrelated to the transplant, but everything is complicated by the transplant. She's back in the BMT unit, waiting for the test and then the results. She may spend the night.

I went to an appointment in the afternoon, and was stood up. Frustrated, I went back to the car and found the battery completely dead. Without any tools, I called David Lee, who called work and told them he'd be a little late. He drove the 20 minutes to where I was and tried to jump start it, to no avail. After trying for about 20 minutes, we decided we'd have to come back tomorrow and take the battery out and replace it. We headed back toward his work.

We were in stop-and-go traffic when David stopped, but the guy behind us decided to keep going. The picture above is the result. It's even more frustrating, because the car is one of my brother's. It was an extra, but it's obviously not any more. We waited for about an hour for a tow truck to take the car away and a friend to come and take us home. As we pulled away from the scene, Tammy called to say she was headed back to the hospital. It put everything else in perspective.

Tammy has acute stomach pain, and all the symptoms point to a problem with the gall bladder. She's at the prime age, so that's what they're checking first. If it is a problem with the gall bladder, she'll spend the night here and probably have it taken out in the morning. If not, she might go home. We'll try to update later, but please keep her in your prayers. She's been through a lot and has been a trooper. I hate to see her in pain.

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