Hope this will come in handy

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 eanes3@hotmail.com

God Bless,


PS – Below are two pics, one is Sean Thomas when he was trying to be like daddy when he went to the ER at CHKD Tuesday, and the second is one of Thomas and Phil hanging out at Obici — EnjoySean at CHKD

Daddy time


3 responses to “Hope this will come in handy

  1. Anna,

    Your family at EchoStorm is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I can’t walk down the hall without requests for updates and messages to pass back to you that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Please let us know if you need anything!


  2. Anna – Julie just forwarded this to me. How unbelievable. I just wanted you to know that we will definetely be praying for everthing to out OK. I will have Andrew pray for Sean at night to keep him strong while his Daddy is going through all this. Please let me know if there is anything we can do, especially when it comes to keeping the boys. Please know that Sean is more than welcome to get off the bus at our house and stay next week some if you need that. I can be reached at work at 514-4049 or my cell at 635-0311. We will be thinking of you all.

  3. I’m glad you are keeping us updated this way. Always know your family is in my prayers. HUGS

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