As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
- Mark 1:29-39
We were not supposed to see the surgeon until Friday, but he squeezed my wife into his schedule late on Tuesday afternoon. We now have a good diagnosis and a good schedule.
First the diagnosis: She has hyperparathyroidism due to a couple of adenomas on her parathyroid. One adenoma isn’t very large, but one was indicative of causing trouble. As a result, my wife has aches and pains; she is constantly exhausted; she has ‘fuzzy thinking’; her bone density went from osteopenia to osteoporosis (with the parathyroid robbing calcium from the bones to increase the load on failing kidneys); and her increase in kidney stones could be a result of this disorder.
Also, there was an abnormality in her adjoining thyroid. The result of the biopsy two weeks ago is what they call a “follicular lesion of undetermined significance” (FLUS). Between 15 and 20% of these lesions can be cancerous. They will not know about cancer until they operate.
The Surgery: They are going to have surgery on 19 November 2019. All the severe issues are on the right side. They will be performing a parathyroid ‘exploratory’ and a right thyroid lobectomy. They know from the scans where the problem adenoma is located, but if it shifts a little, they’ll ‘explore’ to find and remove it. The ‘lobectomy’ means that they will remove the right half of the thyroid. They’ll test for cancer in both the parathyroid and the thyroid. If either comes back cancerous, they will remove the remainder.
If there is no cancer, the doctor is confident that her energy will be better, her thinking clearer, and the deterioration of the bones halted, at least drastically slowed down. The wanted side-effect is less problems with the kidneys, hopefully even increasing kidney function. Her present medication might not need to be changed, but they’ll look for thyroid function and the amount of calcium. She may need to start taking a calcium supplement and maybe an increase in her thyroid supplement.
Please pray that the surgery goes well and that she responds as expected after the surgery. She wants to go to Tennessee in January to babysit our youngest grandson while our daughter-in-law takes her spring semester of school. After this next semester, he’ll be in kindergarten and they can work around the school schedule for then on.
I started with the Scripture from Mark to remind myself that regardless of the surgeon’s skill (and he is very good), it is God who is the great healer. The surgeon can remove the abnormalities (whether you call it a FLUS or an adenoma), but healing goes beyond that. And even Jesus needed to go off to His quiet place and spend time with His Heavenly Father. Those two little stories in Mark 1 are written back-to-back to focus on where the strength for healing resides. At least, that’s how I read that passage. How my wife reacts to the removal of a few things will be in God’s hands. Please pray for her recovery. And thank you in advance.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.