A Story From the Mission: Hermana Bell

So this is an email that I sent home when I was going through a life changing experience on my mission. I had a companion go home sick after just two weeks of being companions. I just wanted to share. Enjoy!

So I am in Pando with my former Companion Hermana Racchumi. We have passed through one of the roughest weeks and I have a lot to explain. I just hope that this doesn´t sound like an obituary.

My Companion Hermana Bell was shipped home this week.

Hermana Bell and I at a Family Home Evening activity

We passed together what probably was the best and hardest two weeks of my mission. Full of miracles and opposition. This didn´t start just 2 weeks ago. She has suffered her whole mission in the service of the Lord, but I am going to start with the 24th of July.

Thursday
On the 24th of July her test results came in. She had previously had an [endoscopy] and stomach biopsy done and the results were ready on Thursday. That day she started off ok, but after lunch took a turn for the worst.
We set up a doctor´s appointment for Monday to figure out what was wrong, but she had already taken a turn for the worst. On Thursday she started [vomitting] everything that entered her stomach and more. At some points it was just bile, but she kept working. We worked for the whole weekend. I couldn´t stop her. Late at night, after vomiting everything she was freezing, barely walking, and exhausted, but wouldn´t ask to go home.  I called it quits sometimes.
To tell you the truth I was worried for her life. She couldn´t even keep water down. I had never in my life prayed so hard to guidance to save a life, but the honest truth is that we work everyday by the spirit. All of the energy, comfort and guidance we received from him.
Sunday
Sunday was a rough day. She was exhausted after the sacrament meeting, but it wasn´t until we were alone that I could tell. She had a way of just putting on a smile and making everyone think that it was ok. The other sisters that lived with us didn´t even have a clue.
Monday
Monday-one week ago-we went to the Doctor. It was a horrible experience. We received all of test results and the Doctor  said that she didn´t show the signs of any kind of disease, but she weighed her and examined her, when we shared share her vomiting routine the doctor got worried. She re-exmined her, said that she felt her organs to tough her stomach, recommended 4 o 5 tests and said that my companion was dying…. We called [the mission] President. He came to pick us up and told us that he felt it was best to send her home to get help.
That was the only thing that my companion didn´t want to here. She took it well (with president) and he told us to start [her] on a liquid diet. So we did, but we could only work for about an hour that day. She didn´t have anymore energy.
Tuesday
Tuesday we went to district meeting, we started strong. President called us during district meeting and [that] Dr. Smith (the mission doctor) prescribed a “a baby food” diet. So we tried with that. She still couldn´t keep anything down. We didn´t go to work that day.
Wednesday
Wednesday. The last hoorah. She woke up strong. We had a good [morning] study and went out to work, but after an hour and a half she was out of breath. We went home and waited out the night. President called us again she had to get an IV.
Thursday
Thursday morning he took us to the hospital, so she could get an IV. He told us that she would leave that night. We passed our last 4 hours in the hospital together, went home and she packed. She left, and I stayed in Progreso for 3 days. I arrived in Pando yesterday evening.
The truth is that I have never been closer to or more affected by any companion. She was such an amazing person and It was hard to seed her go. Her example of endurance and Love of God really moved me. I could not be more grateful to have been blessed to get to know her. I hope I never loose her as a friend, and I want you to know that I only cried twice.
Edited for clarity

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