Embolization #1 Complete

After only 2 1/2 hours, the doctor came and said that the embolization was complete…

Mike left for the angiogram at about 7:45 a.m.  I had been told that a cerebral angiogram takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and quite a bit longer with embolization.  Imagine my surprise when the doctor came down at 10:30 to tell me he was done.  He was able to block the largest artery, which is a very good thing!  This changes the blood flow quite a bit, so he did not want to do any more today.

So now Mike is in ICU, flat on his back for another hour or so.  He is in ICU as there can be bleeding following embolization.  The doctor said it went very well, so we are counting on no problems.  However, this would be a great thing to pray about over the next couple of days!

Tomorrow he will have another embolization.  The doctor is hoping to be able to block several smaller arteries tomorrow.  I am assuming the timing will be the same as today.  The good thing is that Mike is already admitted, so I will be able to sleep an hour longer!

I will ask Mike if there is anything else he would like to relay later.  He can’t have the computer in ICU.  Thanks to everyone out there for your prayers!


2 thoughts on “Embolization #1 Complete”

  1. Dear Mike and Karla,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Shannon Sanquist let us know of your situation. Our son, Jason, underwent a similar situation in May of 2007, suffering 3 grandmal seizures within 4 hours. His was due to AVMs in his lungs that allowed infection through to the brain to settle there. He too is in treatment at Mayo with Dr. Swanson, a marvelous lady in our eyes. We did not have any forwaring of problems except for nosebleeds, a common sympton of this genetic disorder. God bless you and your family as you go through this surgery and recovery!
    In Christ’s love,
    Dick and Ivadean Herter


  2. Hi Karla–your mom gave me your blog address last night and I was up until 1:30 reading it. I will be praying for both of you and checking your blog every day. Love and lots of prayers. Audrey


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