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Page 23 – Sketch of Isaac’s Life (cont.)

miles from Rockingham. His NPN had risen into the ‘Eighties. Major Howard B. Mays medicated him to reduce the euremic Condition; finally on July 16th had to operate on his left kidney, and remove a large stone blocking the ureter. Barely six weeks later, on Aug. 28th Major Mays operated on the right kidney, and removed stones. He found the right kidney an infantile one — very small. On Sept. 22nd Isaac weighed only 128.
He was discharged from Ft. Bragg hospital Oct. 27, 1945, and entered the University Nov. 1st, Lewis Dormitory. In spring of 1946 he often had check-ups by Dr. John Rhodes in Raleigh. He spent from July 2nd to 11, 1946, at the Veterans Hospital, Fayetteville, for X-Rays. Dr. Emery Huth there, a noted Urologist, found a small stone. Isaac was sent home and was told to take things easy and wait developments — and this wasn’t long coming. He spent from Aug. 11th to 16th at Bayview on the sound in Pastern Carolina with Mrs. Hurst, Payne and family; lazily fishing and taking things easy He returned to Rockingham Aug. 19th. and left Aug. 21st for Blacksburg to visit Crawley Cash. While there he felt rather listless and had some fever—so Tr’ 11 eh so that he came home by bus Tuesday, Aug. 27th, arriving here at 10:30 p. m. Next morning at 6 :30 his fever was 103 3-5 so I got Walter King’s ambulance and sent him to the VA at Fayetteville within the hour. Next morning, Aug. 29th his NPN was 50, fever high and after staff conference Dr, Huth decided an operation was urgent. Dr. Huth and Dr. Rachlin began operating at 2 p. m. and he was on the table for two hours, a spinal anaesthetic. Chaplain C. R. Jenkins sat with 1,11m during entire operation, and read bible and talked. My wife and I got there just as operation started. When it was completed, Dr. Huth told us that he had done all that could be done—a matter only now with a merciful Lord and the boy’s strength. Dr. Huth found left kidney terribly abscessed and he wanted to take the kidney out but could not, be-cause the right kidney is infan-tile and not large enough to take care of him. He removed a large stone from left kidney. Isaac appeared to rally. But just one week later, at 8 p. m. Sept. 5th, a hemorrhage de-veloped from the abscessed left kidney, and for two hours the bleeding continued before the doctors were able to stop it; Isaac nearly bled to death then. Billy Everett and I hurried to hospital at midnight. For some weeks Isaac gradually regained his strength. Dr. Huth secured some of the new drug from Washington, Streptomycin, and this seemed to help.
Isaac was dismissed from the hospital and came home Oct. 11, 1946.
On Nov. 1st, 1946, Isaac went to New Bern to visit Bettie and Lieut. Baxter Slaughter (was pilot on torpedo bomber in Pacific in war). While at New Bern, Isaac asked My permis-sion to take flying lessons. I wired him, “Glad for you to fly —but don’t count on me flying with you.” Well, Isaac was thrilled to learn. Baxter prov-ed an expert teacher, and Isaac later in November continued his lessons from Foy Barwick at Rockingham. Early in December he made solo flights to


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