To make a short story shorter, I was referred to an Internist in La Paz and after a sonogram and lots of lab work, Dr. Torres told me I needed immediate surgery. I booked an emergency med flight to Seattle and on November 20th, 14 hours after my plane landed at Sea-Tac, a surgeon removed multiple gall stones and “sludge” that had clogged up my common bile duct thereby preventing a rupture. I am now scheduled for a colonoscopy, an MRI, and a cholecystectomy, the surgery scheduled for later this month. I may be here in Puget Sound until February. Sister Edith is still in the hospital. I have not been able to get word to her nor do I know how the children are faring. I am worried because her persistent coughing developed from a lung infection to a pneumonia resistant to antibiotics.