Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:48 AM
it is surprising to me that so many places outside the cities in Russia had poor water quality and some of the cities had problems with heavy metals. The missionaries were all supplied with great filters, but one had to be careful with the food one ate and of course any liquids given one. Watermelons were to be avoided as some vendors would pump them up to increase weight. And it is so hard to say no when people are have worked hard to accommodate for our religious preferences. Had a horrible couple of days after sharing homemade juice they were so proud of having for us so we could celebrate too without the alcohol. What is one going to say? "Did you boil this? If not, then I'm sorry, but that just isn't good enough."
And while they had many great doctors, while we were there the medical equipment was generally old or nonexistent and even basic medicines were unavailable if they were able to determine what was wrong, can't remember who told me but one of the major children's hospital didn't even have children's tylenol until it was supplied them by a charity. I hope things have substantially improved in the 15 years since we lived there. If my kid got sick beyond anything minor in Russia, I would definitely push for him coming home quickly if he wasn't transferred to a European mission that had better health care available. We are so spoiled about our health care here in the States and Canada, we should be so much more grateful.
I hope they are able to track down the cause soon and treat it. It can be a real heartbreak for the missionary when this happens and scary if the cause is unknown.
When you climb up a ladder, you...begin at the bottom...ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top...so it is with the principles of the Gospel--you must begin with the first...go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world. Joseph Smith