I thought it important to use this space to bring you further up to date on my present medical situation. I have made enormous progress, since my last blog entry. At that time, my Doctors, and Nurses, felt that I was 40% towards discharge and recovery. Today, my primary physician, said that he felt that I was 75% of the way there. The local media, has suggested that I might be dodging the question of weather or not I have cancer. The first surgery, which removed the polyp, from the colon, and checked in other places revealed that there was no cancer present. So my Doctors, and I consider myself to be cancer free. I expect that I will be discharged and finally return home, to regather my strength sometime within the next 8 days. I renew my plea and prayer, that every adult of proper age take care to see that they too are free of cancer of the colon; by utilizing a procedure that is safe, certain, and lifesaving. Thank you once again for your loving support, and prayers.
Archive for August, 2009
Brendan Stack has now left India, where he spent the summer as a CRS volunteer intern. The fourth and final update in the series of letters he has written is attached to this post and can be viewed by clicking here.
If you want to read more about Brendan and view his first three “Letters from India,” please click on the tag “Brendan Stack Update” at the end of this post.
On July 27th as you know, I was operated on for the removal of a suspicious polyp in my right colon. The operation was, for all intents and purposes, very successful, and my progress to returning to full health was going very well. In fact, it appeared that I would be going home in a matter of days. That turned out not to be the Lord’s plan for me. One of the remaining challenges in modern medicine is the control of infection, and I fell victim to something called sepsis. I have no memory of anything after Wednesday night, August 5th, so what I now will relay to you is the experience of my family, friends, and caregivers. With a very skilled medical and nursing team, I was rushed into surgery for a second time on Thursday, August 6th. The consequences were so challenging that my nephew Christopher felt it necessary to convene the family as my life seemed to teeter minute-by-minute, and hour-by-hour. Again through the work of a very highly skilled team of Doctors and Nurses, it slowly became clear that more is expected of my life, than to have passed away at that moment. In the intervening days my strength has returned; although I believe that I have not yet reached 50% of what is necessary to return home. I will spare you all the unnecessary and personal details except to say that when one is so sick and death seems so immanent that the love of family, faith, and the prayer of others is an important part of the healing process.
We have tried to keep my whereabouts as closely contained as possible simply to allow time for me to regain my strength, and, quite frankly, to keep the hospital staff from being besieged by flowers, cards, and other things which are gratefully received at the Pastoral Center Office, and which will be acknowledged when I am well again. This has imposed severe limitations on many people who would like to come and express their interest and love. I apologize for this, but I do not believe that it would be possible for me to be where I am today, were it not for the restrictions and privacy that I and those attending me needed.
I believe that I most likely have two more weeks remaining in the hospital, and then a period of rehabilitation. I also face a third surgery at some uncertain date in the future. However, I believe the worst is truly over, the Lord’s will for my life has been made manifest, and I can only promise that the gift of life given to me will be shared in greater abundance with all of you when I am well. Thank you for your prayers, your love and your support.
Bishop Lynch remains hospitalized in critical care, but his health is improving. He was able to sit up and enjoy his meals today.
Bishop Lynch is grateful for all of the good wishes and thoughts that have been expressed to him, and asks for your continued prayers.