Ben's Procedure Successful

I want to thank you for praying for me. A few days ago, I had my procedure to clear out a large troublesome kidney stone. According to the doctor, the procedure was successful. Pieces of the broken up stone will continue to pass over the next 4 weeks so it is possible for more pain to come and go, but this is normal. I don't feel exactly "normal" yet, but I did NOT have to have a stent placed so there should be no further procedures required. I should feel a little bit better each day.

They did have to intubate me (tube through the vocal folds) so my voice is sore and I can't sing yet. I asked for the smallest tube possible and they granted my request so I'm grateful for that. I also have a head cold now but I'll take that any day over a kidney stone! We begin meetings on Sunday, so my prayer is now that my voice would be ready to go by then. I believe it will be.

Some of you may remember that this is my second stone. I am relatively certain I know what caused this one and how to avoid them in the future. I actually followed protocols very well for several years after my last one but I had let down my guard over the last 6 months. I'll never do that again. 

Thank you for your prayers for me. I look forward to being able to serve the Lord 

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