In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about being encouraged by a Facebook (FB) friend who writes a blog, listed here on LwL's blog reading list entitled, Views of My Life.
How grateful I am that God knew my need.
In addition to being encouraged by the song I posted about yesterday, I received a telephone call on Saturday evening. My cousin, who lives in Arizona, USA called me.
After some discussion about my health situation, she suggested I check out doctors at the Mayo Clinic system.
At first, I wondered if this was an okay thing to do, because we in Canada, do not have any of their clinics, here. And, there isn't one near where I live.
Sunday, after worshipping with Christian broadcasting on television (tv), I spent about two and a half (2 1/2) hours doing computer research, in an effort to locate surgeons suitable for my needs.
Believe me when I say it wasn't easy. Sure, I could locate all kinds of surgeons! The trouble was, not all are experienced at what I need done.
Many surgeons were listed at the various locations, with some listing hernia surgery as a specialty.
Hmmm... at first this might sound good, but a thought came to mind. My surgeon does hernia surgery. Yet, he is not qualified to do what I need done.
That's why he needs to find a capable surgeon, and one that is available as soon as possible!
Feeling rather drained after doing all that research, I decided to just 'google: surgeon to remove hernia mesh'. I was shocked to see a response other than a general site.
A Youtube video showed up as a response. It showed a patient and his surgeon. The fellow talked about what a great job the surgeon did for him.
When I heard that the surgeon not only removed the mesh, but was able to reconstruct to give the fellow hernia repair at the same time, I was elated! Why?
Well, my surgeon had told me that he thought I would need to have the mesh removed in one surgery. And, after a couple or more years, either have major surgery once again, to have mesh placed inside me again, or continue to suffer painfully with hernia-related problems. He didn't think that any kind of reconstructive surgery could be done at the time of mesh removal.
I can't tell you how excited I was watching that Youtube video! I saw on his shirt, the name of the doctor, and 'googled' it, because the video didn't give any information regarding who the surgeon was, or how to contact him.
Praise God! And, I thanked God that I found his website!
In addition to doing hernia surgery through the traditional insurance systems in USA, this surgeon long ago recognized that there are many people who do not have insurance coverage. Yet, they need surgery.
So, he created his own business and website. Here is a LINK to: No Insurance Surgery, in case you'd like to check it out.
In my heart, I felt that this was the surgeon to do the surgery I need done. Absolutely! He was experienced at removing mesh, which is very dangerous surgery. And, he reconstructs, at the same time!
A low feeling came over me. He's in USA. I'm in Canada. He probably wouldn't help someone who wasn't American.
To my surprise, he has! People from various countries have utilized his services. I praised God, with tears flowing.
The next question is: will I be able to afford to have this done? Or, will our Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) cover the cost for this surgeon to do what I need done?
I prayed. And, prayed. And... prayed.
On Monday morning, another thought came to mind. If OHIP won't allow me to go out of my province, even to save my life, I should try to locate someone, here.
I called Shouldice hernia clinic, north of Toronto. Originally, I had hoped to have them help me, but they only handle certain types of surgery. And, mine wasn't one of them.
I knew that they don't do surgeries to remove mesh. But, in my mind, I thought they may know of a surgeon in the Toronto area, capable of doing what I need done.
To my surprise, they called me back... giving me the name of a surgeon. The woman let me know that he was a busy surgeon, so she couldn't guarantee that he would be available soon enough to help me. Even so, I thanked the woman on the phone, and blessed her!
Once again, I praised God.
Not just for providing the name of a surgeon for me, but for answering my prayer. Just as He told us in James 5:15, "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
How thankful I am that God loves me... His child. How thankful I am that He provides. Always.
If you are not yet saved, I pray that it is God's will to save you. Believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:11).
Until next time...
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