Hello! I want to thank everyone for your prayers and support during this very difficult time. It means so much to me to have your letters and emails.

My broken big toe has pretty much fully healed. It’s still a little tender now and then but basically healed. The toe nail is still very bruised and will take much more time to grow out and heal. I have yet to see anyone about the plantar fascia injury or the bone in the heel. That’s not surprising, as the medical care here is pretty much non-existent. The headaches due to the brain issues are getting worse as is the dizziness. It’s pretty much like having motion sickness all the time, which would be okay if it was due to riding a roller coaster or the tea cups! In 2005, I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease (tinnitus and vertigo) and also a sub-arachnoid cyst in my brain. In 2017, when I collapsed, stopped breathing and was in the ICU for 2 days, the MRI showed the brain Chiari 1 Malformation. The right side of my brain is too large for my skull and is being pushed down into the spinal canal. It causes all kinds of problems and affects the cerebellum. The treatment is to take out a small portion of the skull to give the brain more room. Yup…that means brain surgery! I have spoken to health services here many times but they refuse to approve an appointment with a neurologist. I just have to suffer through the best I can for now.

That’s the bad news and now for some good news! I have remembered who I am. I have regained my self-esteem and self-confidence. I have been teaching some classes here and sharing my knowledge. I am playing the piano several times a week and have regained my talent (I’ve played since I was 4). I wanted to learn to play the guitar but due to the weakness and numbness in my hands and fingers I just can’t seem to do it.

I am still reading and studying the scriptures daily. I am so very blessed to be close to and feel our Savior’s love. I have always been very spiritual and have become even more so. I hope to share my experiences with others and my true love and compassion for all.

I need to make some life decisions soon as time is going very quickly. I don’t know yet where I am going to stay or be when I leave here. Maybe I’m putting too much stress and pressure on myself and need to just “go with the flow”? I’m a “planner” and like to have things in place and an agenda. A huge thank you to Steve and Anna for all their hard work in trying to save some of our material items. It isn’t a lot but it’s better than nothing and they did the best they could under very difficult circumstances. I also still need to go after and sue the awful women who stole and sold my beloved cats. Who does that to a supposed “friend”? We had homes and everything all put together for the cats and these people just flat out stole them! I know I should probably just “turn the other cheek” but I can’t let them get away with what they did. Is that wrong for me to feel that way?

Thank you again for all your love and support! You are in my thoughts and prayers daily as I love you all and send you many blessings,

Melissa Morton


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