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100 times better.

Amy has kept you all updated on my health and now I guess I should give you a personal update to let you know about the last week and how I'm coming along now.....  After this, we just need to stop talking about it :)

Last week all I wanted to do was to stay in bed and die..... but Amy wouldn't allow it. Even though she was in Lima she called just about everyone in Tarapoto in order to get the right people to drag me out of the house and get me to the right doctors at just the right time.

When I entered the infectologist's office, the doctor was surprised to see me and exclaimed: “Hola hermano Miqueas!” It turned out that this doctor knew me because, over the years, I've taken several sick brothers from the villages in to be treated by him. When he saw that this time I was the sick brother he gave me the best attention imaginable. Praise the Lord!

After a blood test and lots of probing they sent me to the Neurologist who hooked me up to a bunch of wires and found that viral meningitis had caused an imbalance on the left side of my brain resulting in terrible headaches and a persistent fever. I know, I know, everyone already suspected that I have a bit of a neurological problem :) Ha, Ha.

The doctors think I probably had my defenses lowered last month while making that 6 hour night hike trek, swimming several rivers and slogging through the mud in route to one of my villages. Of course, the yucca spit juice, crude chicha and raw eggs we digested on that trip probably didn't help either.  The parasites and bacteria surely made me more susceptible to the meningitis virus when I came in contact with it (I don't know where). 

After this difficult bout with the virus I'm now 25 pounds lighter, a bit tired and struggling with a small stomach-ache from all the pills that I'm taking. Really, I'm feeling 100 times better than I did last week and I'm getting closer and closer to full recovery. I even felt good enough on Sunday morning to preach at church..... I got kinda excited and went on for a bit more than an hour :)

I know that many of you have been praying fervently for me. Thank you! God has been merciful and heard your prayers. So many individuals have written e-mail's and they have been of inestimable encouragement to me. THANK YOU!!!!  

Missionary quote of the day:  "I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself."  - Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

Micah for the Tuttle's


At January 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM Jeanne said...

Praise God. Lovely to hear from you in person, Micah!

At January 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM Kathy said...

So glad you are recovering!

At January 15, 2013 at 8:44 AM MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Yay for being well enough to write a post! Praying for your continued healing. Thank you for pressing on. You and your family are an encouragement to me.

At January 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM Josh said...

Praise The Lord! He is good. So glad you are doing better and rejoicing in the Lord amidst suffering. You are such and encouragement and testimony to us all.

At January 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM Pamela said...

So glad you are on the road to recovery...Take it easy!!! I know that is hard for you Micah!! But you don't want to be down again...May the LORD give you wisdom and patience as you get all better....love in JESUS, Pamela

At January 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM Aaron said...

Very happy that you are up and preaching again. Rest and get your strength up. You cant plan on running a race with out the proper rest and fuel. Its also another time to be thankful for our wives bieng persistant and taking care of us. Most of us guys would never see a doctor if it wasent for our the persistant caring nature of our wives. You are always in our prayers.


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