As I mentioned yesterday, my Mom is coming to town to watch Elias this week! My family hasn’t seen the peanut since July, so needless to say, they are very envious.
Speaking of my Mom, I wanted to write an update about her aneurysm and surgery.
The aneurysm is 14 mm, which is somewhat large. She will be having a procedure called coiling done to the aneurysm on November 20. Here is a great picture I found on Mayo Clinic’s website.
Mom will have to have 14 coils inserted into her aneurysm. As you can see from the picture, normally the coils just stay in there. Unfortunately, the artery that Mom’s aneurysm is off of is bulging (think of it as the base is wide instead of narrow), so the coils could fall out…. therefore, the doctor will also have to insert multiple stints to keep the coils in the place. The stinting makes the procedure significantly longer – four hours instead of 45 minutes.
Thankfully, her doctor is very skilled at the procedure – he has done about 800 and has a very low complication rate. His average is 1.5%, which is significantly less than the national average of 5-7%. The aneurysm is in the part of the brain that controls her motor skills and speech. It is an easy area to get to, but very delicate, as you can imagine.
Matthew, Elias and I will all be going up to Wisconsin for the surgery. We continue to pray daily that she comes through the surgery with flying colors. Typical recovery time is 1-2 weeks, and if all goes well, she will only stay in the hospital one night!
We covet your prayers and are grateful for every one. Thank you to each of you who have asked about her and the surgery.