We had a friend stay at the hospital last night so that I could go home and sleep. I arrived this morning to find out Mike is headed for minor surgery today.
Yesterday Mike was having severe pain in his right calf. A priority ultrasound was ordered at 5 p.m. Unfortunately, emergencies have higher priority, so he did not get in until 10 p.m. They found a blood clot behind his right knee. Since he has just had brain surgery, they do not want to use blood thinners.
The vascular guy was just in. He described the filter that they will put into the vein at the top of his leg. This will trap any clots that might form and prevent them from progressing to the lungs. If clots are trapped, there may be some discomfort, but a major problem will have been prevented.
Mike told me to be sure I don’t make a big deal out of this. Quite honestly, this feels like a finger stick or something equally insignificant compared to what we’ve gone through.
We had a good conversation with the vascular doctor. He said that he felt so sorry that we had to go through this. One day all is well, then there’s a seizure and the roller coaster starts. He asked why God would give a preaching pastor something that takes his speech away. Mike said that others have worse problems than us and then gave the answer he always does and we know to be true, “Because this is how God can be most glorified.” He then quoted, “God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.” We also think the speech will be all the way back, so that is not even worrying us a bit.