Actually, it is not for 1000 days. It is just that 3 years times 365 days plus June 27 through June 30, 2008 equals 1098 days, and that is way too cumbersome to convert into a blog headline. Futhermore, our release date will not be determined until May or June of 2011. Therefore, 1000 Days sounded just about right, more or less. Having noted all that, we are humbled and thrilled (Pres. Uchtdorf would refer to the feeling as "joyfully overwhelmed") about having this marvelous opportunity to serve in La Mision Mexico Veracruz.

Con amor,
Pdte. y Hna. Pete and JoElla Hansen

Friday, September 4, 2009

On the way home, from that baptism I got an old familiar swelling pain type discomfort in my back, right side, low, and a couple of other places. It has been over 30 years, but this sensation is unforgettable. I drove as fast as I could, but the pain was very distracting. I had a special interview in Veracruz at 9 p.m. We got to the chapel. The pain miraculously went away and I was able to complete an abnormally long interview with a 39 year old man who was baptized the next day. A blessing. Immediately after the interview, the pain came back with a vengeance. It seemed to unleash all the stored up pain which had dissipated during the interview. It was 9:45 and we had to take the missionaries home. They got out and I told Mom that I had a kidney stone and asked her to get Dr. Brunt on the phone. He told me about a new drug, Flomax, which reduces the urethral spasm and minimizes the discomfort while the stone tries to pass. I have never passed a kidney stone but have had three surgeries, all right before and right after Becca was born (30 or so years). So, we drove to a big supermarket. No prescription required. I LOVE Mexico! They were out of the drug, but would receive a shipment on Tuesday. Not soon enough. This was Friday. But, miraculously, and I really mean that, the pain stopped. It just quit. We went to a 24 hour pharmacy. It was now 10:40. They had the Mexican version of the drug. I was very happy! We had to attend to some ailing missionaries and got home a little after midnight. We got home and I . . . I will spare you the details. But, for the first time in my life I passed a kidney stone. What a huge blessing! No surgery in Mexico is a very good thing. Who has time and patience for that, anyhow? Drink more water.

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