Monday, March 19, 2007

continuation of the rollercoaster

Update... big brother is under even more massive observation for the next 24-36 hours.

Sometime within the next 24-48 hours, he will undergo another surgery.

Apparently I misunderstood something Mama said and I thought that there was only the brain abscess to worry about.

It's still there, not growing, but not shrinking either.

The current crisis on the rollercoaster is that the infection has also settled into the arthritis in his neck... at the C-4/5 level of his spine. This pressure is already causing some paralysis in his right side.

Those vertebrae are going to have to be replaced. Probably more of the vertebrae also. This surgery will take 9-12 hours.

And again, it's another "he might not live through surgery" moment.

The doctor says that he hopes the surgery will help... before there is irreversible damage done to the spine... but it might already be too late for that part.

Once this part is over... and he survives... they will then consider the abscess.

I'm exhausted and going to spend tonight snuggling with my man.

...may there be mercy and rest as we wait.

1 comment:

Pastor Paul said...

Praying for you, your family, and your brother. Would you like to email me specifics of how I can pray beyond just his healing?