Dear Sister Linda Mackay,
Hello! I have good news! I just talked to Elder Mackay on the phone (10:30 am, our time) and he is doing better; so much better that they are allowing him to go home today! His platelets are up; his blood pressure is good; his headache is better. He is looking forward to resting at home (you probably could agree that there is not much rest in the hospital with staff coming in, poking and prodding all the time). He is a bit weak and tired, but that is to be expected. I think he is over the worst part and is on the road to recovery.
Oh, how I can relate to how you must feel! We have 3 sons that served missions: 1 stateside, and 2 in Argentina. It is a real test of faith to send them off and hope that they will be cared for. The Lord knows who they are; their mission presidents are very much aware, and their companions are much like brothers. I see the love that Elder Hodges and Elder Cain have for Elder Mackay. It is beautiful. I can imagine that someday Elder Hodges from Idaho, Elder Cain from Utah, and Elder Mackay from California just may get together sometime...at BYU or BYU-I or General Conference.
Enjoy your day! We are celebrating Elder Mackay's release from the hospital!
Sister Donna Jayme
Brazil Manaus Mission