Medical woes

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Well, here goes.  I will briefly explain the medical situation with my husband as best I can.

My husband Mike has had an abdominal aneurysm for several years.  It has been monitored annually.  There was enough of an increase in growth in the last annual check to warrant another in six months.  The six month check called for further tests – CT scan and MRI.   Finally  two weeks ago the bad news from the vascular surgeon.  The aneurysm requires surgical intervention.   In preparation for the surgery he has had to undergo a series of tests and see two specialists to give the okay for surgery.  He will wrap up all the tests tomorrow – still needs to see the cardiologist.  Once he has been cleared he will be slated for a two-part surgical procedure.

So, the bad news is the state of the aneurysm and requirement for surgery.  The good news is that the surgery can be conducted endoscopically – through the arteries.  That is a much less invasive procedure.

He also has an aneurysm on the iliac artery – the branch of the aorta which travels down his right leg.  For various reasons that aneurysm can’t be fixed and would cause trouble for the “fix” of the one on the abdominal aorta.  Therefore, part one of the process will be to plug that artery.  Yes, literally plug it – permanently.

Part one will be done as an outpatient – he will be monitored for about four hours after the procedure and then home.

Part two – the fix of the big aneurysm on the abdominal aorta – will transpire a few days later as an in patient.  He will be in hospital for a minimum of two days post operatively.

I will let you know when each step is taken.  I ask for your continued prayers.

Perhaps to add a little comic relief to a rather stressful situation, yesterday  I managed to break both bones in my right arm, the bone in the middle toe of my left foot, and tear a flap of skin off that little toe which required several stitches.

I am  still trying to sort out how it happened.  All I know for sure is that I tripped on something in the laundry room, and whoosh -that was it.  Thankfully Mike was home – he followed the screams, and, believe me I screamed 🙂 He got me squared away and away we went to thew hospital.

I can’t say enough for the staff and ER doctor at the small, and for us very handy, Arnprior hospital.  They were very efficient and very kind.

It will probably be a few days before I can use the fingers of my right hand with some degree of comfort.  The arm is in a cast and, for now, in a sling.  I am pecking away at this with my left hand 🙁  It’s not as easy as I thought it would be –

I won’t be able to post articles for several days.  If there is something of note that you see in the news which you think would be of interest please post a comment and paste a link.  Don’t send it to me because right now I won’t be able to do a thing with it.

Isn’t this just crazy?  I can not believe I put myself in this pickle right now.  Of all times!!!


Father Abraham Azhsksthu had a court date in Peace River, Alberta on Friday past –  “to set a date”.   Keep the complainant  in your prayers.


Sorry, I won’t be answering emails for at least the next few days – until I can swing this cast  around with a degree of abandon..

Enough for now,


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5 Responses to Medical woes

  1. PJ says:

    Wow…both you and Mike need prayers and support. If I can do anything, let me know…prayers are already happening. Now take it easy and rest up..the both of you!

  2. Lina says:

    I’m so sorry what you are going through Sylvia and your dear husband Mike. Prayers and hugs to you both.

  3. Suzanne Mealey says:

    Keeping you and Mike in our prayers. Hope you both get better soon.

  4. JG says:

    I’m Sure Mike will be all right! Nevertheless, all my thoughts and prayers for the two of you, for as long as it takes.
    But?…Sylvia?…Hummm! ….maybe you are not meant to spend anytime in the laundry room! I seem to recall, your last “reported” emergency concerned broken pipes and a flood in the basement, one that started in the laundry room!!??? One year ago?…
    Maybe the message here is for you to be a little more selfish and look after “yourself”, and Mike , for a while…It’s good that he still knows to recognize your screams!…
    Take good care. No more “breaking ” news, please! 🙂

  5. MJ says:

    Sending prayers and good wishes for both you & Mike. Feel better soon! 🙂

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