Thursday, March 19, 2009


So yesterday morning I got a call from my Dad's wife Tamera that the results of Dad's MRI came back. Up until now the dr. had been relying on ctscans to determine the state of Dad's brain and to give the diagnosis of two strokes. They compared this MRI to the MRI he had before the surgery, and determined that there were NO STROKES!!!!!!!

Evidently the two spots on his brain that they thought were mild strokes were there before the surgery, and didn't cause him problems before so they shouldn't now. So the dr believes that these symptoms we are seeing now that are "stroke-like" are just the effects of major brain surgery that lasted 12 hours and caused much trauma. So now, it's just a matter of time, and he should be (crossing my fingers and holding my breath) back to normal!!!!

Other great news: the pathology came back on the tumor and it was the kind we wanted it to be (slow growing, benign)

And they should be moving him to the rehab center from ICU any day.

He also got 8 hours of sleep for the first time since extubation (he wasn't sleeping more than 15 minutes at a time) and I couldn't believe the difference, I could understand much of what he was trying to say and he just LOOKS more like my Dad (mannerisms, etc). I asked him if he wanted to watch basketball and he mumbled "I don't know what's going on anyway" which is very My Dad.

It's hard to get my hopes back up after such traumatic ups and downs in such a short period of time, but it does appear that we are back to where we started originally, and that is just recovering from the surgery!

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support, prayers, meals, gift cards, flowers, cards, and just general love for my father. He is a great man and I am so glad so many people know it :)



Dayton (HPPC) said...

Praise God! This is great news! I will keep praying for Bob's speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Stopping by for an update. Sending lots of positive and happy thought your way. Let us know what we need to pray specifically for. We will pray. And, I know what you mean about your daddy. I feel the same way.