This past Monday evening, while I was visiting a friend in New York, I had a medical emergency. While not quite life-threatening problem, it was simply the most painful condition a man can experience; Testicular Torsion (twisting of the testicle that pinches the nerve and cuts off blood flow). Men, you know what I mean by pain. For the ladies, I can only say that I would rather have had my eyeballs pushed in while someone was pulling out my finger and toe nails with a pair of pliers. The doctors were able to get things put back in the right place by manual manipulation, but recurrence is almost certain. After some consideration, the doctors in New York decided not to perform the surgery to correct this there. Instead they let me come back home to Oregon to have it done here and have proper follow-up care.
They discharged me yesterday and I flew home last night. Today, I am seeing my doctor and having more tests done here. If the doctors here decide on surgery, I understand that it is fairly minor surgery. There is a possibility that I a may lose one testicle as blood flow was cut off to it for many, many hours a day for four days. However, I was told there is an “extremely remote” possibility that I could have some complications including infertility or impotence.
As I write this, I am in moderate pain, but still able to function. Well sort of.
I ask for your prayers that the pain I am experiencing now will subside, that I will get the medical care I need, that the surgeon’s hands are guided by his and my Guardian Angel and that I recover fully.