Say a prayer or two…or three or four…

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Linda has been experiencing really bad headaches, facial numbness and tingling & pain down her left arm. On Friday the pain became more unbearable so she went to the ER- they admitted her to run some tests. We did an EKG (fine), 3 blood enzymes (fine), MRI (without contrast-fine, with contrast- problematic) so they ordered a CTA- this test found a 65% blockage in her caryatid artery so she is STILL in the hospital and has been started on a new medication and has a consult with a vascular doctor tomorrow morning. We were so hoping she would come home tonight- last nights over night was hell- I almost pulled her out (no monitoring, nurse took away her medication and didn’t follow up so she was receiving NO tests- why was she there?) Finally at 1:00 AM we got some tests started and placed back on nitroglycerin. Then it took all day to get the MRI and CTA- our health care system IS REALLY BROKEN!
She isn’t happy and I am not happy but neither can do a damn thing. Hopefully she can come home tomorrow- at least we can both get some good sleep in our own beds.
So please say LOTS of prayers because I really need her home- the house is too empty without her and my life would be too empty if she wasn’t in it (it’s almost been 20 years!)
Edited: WE ARE HOME! (7:30 p.m. Sunday) She has to schedule an appointment with a neurologist and then meet again with the vascular surgeon. She had an ultrasound today- the doctor is taking it slow and making sure the symptoms justify the invasive procedure (are these a TIA- Transient Ischemic Attach or mini stroke or something else?). The neurologist will make sure it is necessary. There is blockage but the question is- is it enough, is it causing these symptoms or can it be handled with medicine? She is on Zocor, aspirin and a heart healthy diet. We were just talking about “getting healthy” while we could- guess this is a good wake up call!


  1. Kelly said:

    Know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers….

    April 27, 2009
  2. Bob said:

    On Wednesday, I toured the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, which is part of the Emergency Management Institute in Emmittsburg, MD. While I was there I lit a candle and said a prayer for you! I hope it helps, if there is anything else, let me know!
    Love Ya,

    April 24, 2009
  3. La said:

    New tests are leading to Giant Cell Arteritis. Caryatid is blocked but he does not feel it is what is causing the symptoms and not as bad as others thought- he wants to rule this out. Means a biopsy of the temporal artery in the side of your head- YUCK!

    April 22, 2009
  4. Kay said:

    Take advantage of the situation and make Karen work for you!
    (haha- Laugh Karen- it was suppose to make Linda laugh)

    April 22, 2009
  5. Kim and Clark said:

    You are in thoughts and prayers and we are glad you are home. PLEASE take care of yourself… take it easy and do what the doc says to do. How disgusting that you had inferior health care and yes the system is broken and WAY out of proportion cost-wise. We love you. BIG HUG! Get well.

    April 21, 2009
  6. kris & the girls said:

    glad you are home. keeping yall in our thoughts. take it slow and get your self on the healthy road to recovery. We love you very much.

    April 20, 2009
  7. Erin said:

    WOW! I just popped on for a brief sec here at work and was not expecting to see this! I am glad she is home now and I will certainly say my prayers that they will find what’s wrong and get our girl well! We love you Linda!

    April 20, 2009
  8. hot mama said:

    Dad and I both prayed for her this morning in Church. It was strange, they asked for prayers for the sick. They don’t always do that. We just looked at each other and said, Linda. I do hope she can come home today but I hope they schedule the procedure quickly so she can get back on her feet soon, and she will!! Love Mom

    April 19, 2009
  9. Beth said:

    La and Linda, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she can come home soon!

    April 19, 2009

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