Saturday, September 15, 2007

If you can spare some prayers or good thoughts

Please shoot them towards my family on Monday. I'm taking my aunt to the hospital to have surgery on a cerebral aneurysm. Well, not surgery so much as a procedure to put a coil in there to block it off. It's like putting a stent in an artery but more complicated. As far as I understand it, there's a 5% risk that she could have a stroke or die while undergoing the procedure so we're all pretty scared. She means so much to me, and has been a mother to me since my mom died, that I don't know what I'd do without her. So I am very much hoping that we will be on the good side of the statistics. And it's not as if she can really live life as a ticking time bomb waiting for an aneurysm to explode, so I'm glad she's doing it. But still, it's nerve wracking. And it's more nerve wracking for me that I'll be the only family member there for various reasons, so if things do go horribly wrong I'm going to have to step up to the plate and call her husband, father and son to let them know. And then her daughter, who doesn't speak to us at the best of times so getting through will be difficult. God, I do not want to have to tell my Grandpa that he's outlived both his children. I think the shock of it would kill him too. But let's hope not, eh? A 5% risk of bad things means a 95% chance of good things so we will all be focusing on that.

I hope to be back on Tuesday with good news.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been lurking but never commented. I thought I would delurk to tell you that my MIL had this procedure done about 3 years ago (assuming it's the endovascular coil procedure, which it sounds like it is based on your description). Everything went great and she is doing fine with no complications or long-term problems or effects. She came home 3 days after the procedure, I believe, and spent about another week or maybe two recovering.

I know statistics are still statistics and this one story may not make you feel better, but I did want to say as well that I hope everything goes well for her and you and all the rest of her/your family.

-(a fellow) Sarah

Knock Me Up said...

Oh this is a tough one. I'm sorry you have to be there alone. I'm liking the odds and will send every good thought I have your way on Monday.

Take care.

Sara said...

I'm so sorry that you and your aunt will have to go through this, and am hoping a good outcome. Your aunt sounds like a real gem.

June Bug Momma said...

So Sorry to hear about your Aunt. I hope she has a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. You definitly have my thoughts and prayers. Best Wishes...

calliope said...

will be thinking of your Aunt and praying that all goes well.
xoxoxoxo

Deb said...

Sending good thoughts your way.

Kristen said...

I'm thinking of you and the family today. I hope all went well.

namaste said...

Thinking of you and your family and hoping for the best. xo

Cindy said...

Sarah, I hope things went really well with the procedure.

-Cindy

bleu said...

Thinking of you hoping all is well with you and your loved ones.

katty said...

thinking of you, sarah.