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Stateside and Recovering - Prayers Needed

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This is an interesting entry because I have just gotten off the phone with Sister O’Reilly. This was after receiving an email detailing the events of the past week that have brought Miss Kate back from the Philippines for medical attention and recovery. Luckily it is nothing as dramatic as cancer or any bad accidents, but it involves the thyroid and probably would have put her in an early grave if not immediately attended to by medical professionals. She is allowing me to share with those that are interested some of the details so as not to worry about the long period of silence since her regular daily posts.

Here is her email to me...

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_MissKate160.jpgHi Michael,

Thank you for your kind words and concern for me. I have not written for over a week because, yes I am very ill and am no longer in the Philippines.  I was sent home last Tuesday due to being so unable to carry on doing my missionary assignment. It has been very disappointing to come home but now that my test results are all in and we know what's going on I feel a lot less intimidated.  My thyroid has gone crazy and has messed up my entire endocrine system.  I have another appointment next Tuesday to see how well the medications I am now on are taking effect.  

As my hormone regulating system is considered fragile at this point, I am to not tax it with things that it must work so hard to regulate, like heat, heavy stress, sleeping, and dietary issues. My sleeping habits are really messed up right now and that must be resolved ASAP.

The doctor seems to think if I respond properly I can be reassigned in October sometime.  Yippee!! I will be able to continue serving but the doctors say I can only go where it is NOT hot.  I must basically keep to areas where the weather is much cooler.

Right now I am staying in Pleasant Grove at my daughters home.  I am comfortable and loved even though I am not overly thrilled about being unable to be an effective missionary.  I was given a blessing and as always, the Lord is aware of me and loves me and whatever works out will be what is necessary for my health and well being, and for my eternal progression.  I am going to try not to be overly frantic about it.  

I have not really told anyone that I am home except for Bishop Beeson, President Webb, my family (who have rallied around me like crazy) and two friends.  I have not wanted to tell lots of people I was home until I knew what the prognosis was. I did not want to frighten or concern the students or their parents etc. I especially did not want them to see me looking so unwell and for them to stress about me and this mess.  I will trust your judgment about being selective in the amount of information that gets out.

I know all will be as it should be and I will just keep doing what I need to do to get well and keep the faith. Despite not feeling very missionary-ish, I have not been released and I am still faithfully wearing my badge and doing my scripture reading, etc.

Tell your children how proud I am of them and how blessed I have been to have them in my life.  Give my love and hugs to them and to Shelly too. 

Thanks again for all your love and concern.  Hugs and love, Sister (Miss Kate) O'Reilly.

"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving, human soul on another." -- George Eliot

 

I immediately called Sister O’Reilly and we talked a bit about her struggles. She is recovering and her headaches are off and on. Here ability to concentrate is greatly diminished, but recovering. Feelings of failure during the pain are also diminishing and I was very encouraged to listen to her positive outlook. We decided together what information to share and how best to share it.

So let me recap...

  1. Miss Kate has returned home from the Philippines to recover and regain her health.
  2. She is still wearing the name badge and has NOT been released.
  3. She is hoping to be well to be reassigned sometime in November.
  4. She will NOT be reassigned to a HOT mission.
  5. She will probably be restricted stateside so that she can remain close to top notch medical professionals, if needed.
  6. She is still reading and studying, as her health permits.
  7. She would like to continue the “Read Along With Sister O’Reilly” segment of her mission emails.
  8. She is not looking healthy and is NOT up for personal visits.
  9. She is excited with the prospects of returning to the mission field.
  10. She is thankful for doctors, medicine, priesthood blessings, and she can feel the love of Heavenly Father as she endures this trial.

As we spoke, she repeated again and again that she does not want this experience to make anyone think twice about serving a mission. And then she asked me to share her email message with the readers so that they could hear the news directly from her.I encourage you to send her an email and let her know your thoughts and share your words of encouragement. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am looking forward to her regaining her health and posting her missionary thoughts once again. With our thoughts, emails, and prayers we can help work miracles.

Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com - Michael Leavitt & Co Inspections, Inc.

 

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