FYI- 4th Man Ministries food ministry has not been open due to Tony being sick.
It all started early Tuesday morning August 20th. Tony woke up around 2am feeling really bad. He ended up throwing up from 2am-6am. He felt so bad and knew something must be wrong so we went to John C. Lincoln ER. They found that he had an very severe case of Pancreatitis. They admitted him to the hospital for treatment and expected him to go home in 3-4 days after treatment.
They found out through more testing that he has gall stones and wanted to remove his gallbladder before he went home. They told us that a gall stone getting stuck in the duct was what caused the Pancreatitis.
Well, Tony ended up having complications from throwing up all night and from the treatment for Pancreatitis. His GI(bowel) system went to sleep and he ended up retaining a lot of fluid. Because of both of these problems his kidney function was failing and he was having breathing problems. So, they cleared up the Pancreatitis and got his GI(bowel) system working again and we were just waiting for the water retention to go down.
The water retention wasn't going down as fast as they'd like and upon more testing found that his kidney function was getting worse. In trying to get the kidney function to get better Tony ended up having 2 different allergic reactions to 2 treatments they gave him both causing him to have more breathing problems.
He ended up being in the hospital until September 12th a total of 23 days. He has been at home trying to recover but still having some complications. It's just a long process because of all his body went through.
We are sorry for not being able to have the food ministry available during this time. We have no intentions of discontinuing it. We will start back up again as soon as Tony has finished recovering. We are not sure when that will be but will post weekly updates so you know what's happening. We will try to be back as soon as we can.
For those of you who knew Tony was in the hospital we thank you for the prayers and concern. For those who didn't know please just pray Tony recovers quickly.
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Food Ministry Updates
Today brought mushrooms, eggplant, some rice and pasta. All totaled about 400 Lb.
Phoenix Rescue Mission was able to give us about 1100 Lb. today! We got a lot of brussel sprouts and carrots. Read more...
For the second week in a row, Phoenix Rescue Mission has been unable to provide any food. They said they were having a hard time feeding their own residents. We need to pray for them as well, they house a lot of people.
Eve sounded hopeful that there would be something for us next week. We're hoping to make some other connections but it's proving to be a very slow process. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything.