Tuesday night 5:00PM. She arrived home and could not see anything. My dad was working, so she pushed send on her cell phone under the first contact and it happened to be my uncle Doug who lived up the street. He took her to the ER and my dad met them there. After running a catscan they determined that she had bleeding in her brain...a blood vessel burst and she had a stroke. Her blood pressure was extremely high. She was put in the ICU.
Wednesday she had another catscan and they saw some fishy looking blood vessels on the back of her brain. They ordered a cerebral angiogram for Thursday. Her veins would need to be pumped with dye so they could study the blood flow and see if there any other problems. She can not see anything out of her left eye and when she holds her hand up she can see only 2 fingers, but they are blurry.
Thursday she had the angiogram mid day. Everything turned out to look ok. She said the procedure was horrible and as of right now as I write this 6:40pm, she is resting and recovering. She has been moved out of the ICU. A side effect is another stroke...lovely.
Looking forward. We do not know if her eye sight will return. The hope is that once the swelling goes down on her brain that things will start to reconnect with her eyesight. She will need to have intensive eye therapy and some type of at home treatment. We pray that she does not have another stroke. Strokes are VERY common on her side of the family...as her mom, dad, and brother have all had strokes of various kinds. Obviously her way of life is going to change dramatically for a while.
We live an hour away, so I am going to do my best to help in any way that I can around the house and with her therapy. We just have to take things one day at a time and realize that our little happy plans for our lives are in God's hands and not ours. Please pray that my mom can regain her eye sight and some sense of normalcy. Pray for my dad's strength in all of these changes with my mom.
We have been in Omaha since Tuesday and my sister drove 19 hours straight to get here from Alexandria, VA. We came home tonight to regroup a little bit, do laundry, repack our bags with more clothes, and I am hoping to do a little freezer type cooking so we don't have to eat out as much and not stress about feeding our family. We are heading back tomorrow mid day.
Thank you for your prayers....if I haven't gotten back to you by e-mail...sorry I am doing my best...but hopefully this little synopsis will help you get caught up.
Continue to pray...pray...pray. Hug and kiss your loved ones tonight and tell them how much you love them.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18-- Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.