Well, as most of you know, we are in Charlottesville at the UVA University hospital. As of right now our “official” diagnosis is that Thomas has a carotid aneurysm. This means that the artery walls of his carotid artery at the base of his neck have an abnormality. As I type this he is downstairs have an angiogram done. For this procedure they thread a tube with contrast and a camera from the femoral artery in his leg up to his neck, inject the dye and then take a look around at the arteries in his neck and some in his brain. Once they do this procedure it will give them a road map as to the best course of action for fixing his aneurysm. This procedure is very low risk and is basically used to confirm what they have seen on the CTA scans and provide them a clear and detailed view at what they are dealing with. After this procedure, if it goes as they expect, they will put him back on a Plavix and Aspirin regimen for three days and then do the procedure. So we are looking at possibly a surgery date of Tuesday. Once he has the surgery, he should be able to go home in 24 – 48 hours.
Other than that we are just kind of hanging out waiting for the docs to make the call.
I am going to try and keep this blog updated every few hours so that everyone knows what is going on and I don’t have a $1000 cell phone bill this month.
Before signing off for now, (I want to get some work done, I am actually looking forward to it because it is a great distraction.) I want to take a moment and just thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing and we have certainly witnessed it so far. I especially want to thank our families (including our church family) and especially everyone at EchoStorm..the outpouring has been overwhelming.
I guess that is all for now… Thomas is in room 6139A in the central wing.. but please if you want to call, call my cell phone.. we are trying to let him rest as much as possible, if you need the number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org