I wanted to just write all of you a quick update on Aichatou. She went into the hospital last Wednesday night, but due to scheduling issues, she didn’t actually have the surgery until Saturday morning. I was there many days visiting and she held up well ! I think the quiet, comfy bed and fans were a nice change of pace actually!
I say “surgery” but in fact they did not have to cut anything. Using a variety of non-invasive tools they were able to expand her nasal passage and do something to keep it open. Sorry my lack of medical knowledge robs you of a more precise update!
She had a tube in her nose and it looked quite painful for a few days, but they released her yesterday and she is doing well.
Her family has already noticed the difference. She used to snore like a freight train, and now she sleeps so quiet they can hardly believe it! She think her voice has changed a bit, but have you ever listened to yourself with your nose pinched? She is hearing her own true voice for the first time in a long time!
So many thanks for your prayers. I continue to learn a lot through the ministry of taxi to the ill and family, and visitation. I spent many good hours chatting with Aichatou and her visitors. Great language and culture practice indeed!