Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Update on Laurie

First off, thank you all for your prayers.
Laurie had her procedure yesterday. It didn't go as planned. They couldn't get the PVC (issue with her heart) to replicate enough during the surgery to see what part of her heart was actually causing the problems. So they didn't do anything to her heart during surgery. They will change her medicine and hope that makes a difference.
Pray that God will do amazing things and heal her heart despite the outcome of the surgery.
After surgery she was in her room by 2 p.m. (surgery started around 8:45 a.m.) but was in much more pain than expected.
There was also some swelling in her leg where the catheters were put in.
With the pain and swelling the doctor agreed it was best to leave her over night.
She had some rough spots during the night but was able to get some sleep.
She was sick to her stomach for a while which we assume led the nurses to not giving her anymore pain medicine.
She went from 7:30 p.m. till now without any pain meds other than a couple Tylenol early this morning.
This morning he examined her and she had a sonogram which showed a leak in her artery. The aneurysm was causing the pain and swelling and the doctor said something would need to be done for sure.
We finally met with the vascular specialist who suggested a procedure which inserts a drug (with a needle) near the leak and causes the blood to clot immediately around the leak.
He can do the procedure without anesthesia but recommended she use anesthesia because of her current pain and tenderness near the aneurysm.
He arranged the procedure to take place at 4 p.m. today here at Baylor.
So she'll have the procedure and then hopefully head home tomorrow to start recovery.
She should still be able to go back to work early next week.
Thanks again for all your prayers we all apreaciate everything.
She's a real trooper and her amazing smile's only left her face when she's actually asleep.

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