Julie has been feeling sick for a couple of weeks with a wide variety of changing symptoms. We visited the doctor yesterday and after a couple of tests, he immediately admitted her to the hospital. She has some type of infection plus Malaria. Our family has been Malaria free for close to ten years, but it looks like our track record has come to an end. Malaria is easily treatable at this stage, so the concern lies with her other symptoms. The doctors are going to run some more tests on Monday morning to better determine what kind(s) of infection(s) she has. In the meantime, she is currently receiving several IV treatments. She has been going through cycles of feeling good and feeling miserable.
The hospital experience in Africa is VERY different from the Western world. She is in a private medical clinic that is far better than the Malian public hospitals. She is in a private room which has only a bed, a light fixture, and a TV that gets only the national Malian station. Other than that, the room is bare. There were only 4 other overnight patients over the weekend. We spent most of the weekend at the hospital. We’ll be visiting often to bring her meals, fresh clothes, and companionship.
We’ll keep you up-to-date on her progress over the next few days. Please keep Julie in your prayers. Pray that whatever she has will be healed and her health returned quickly.