It's been a long road to this point, and I have been so busy, I am only getting to the point of even doing this post. The last ten days have felt like a year. Reba was wisked away in an ambulance, from our home, On Sept 5th and medi vac to a hospital 40 miles away, where she was diagniosed with an aneurysm. From there because that hospital was not equipped to handle such, she was medi vac once again, to the hospital in Nashville Tenn, where we were told she was going to in the first place. Time is of the essence, when things like this happen. And in my opinion time was wasted.
Despite all that, with the surgical team that hospital has, her aneurysm, was successfully blocked. But the road to recovery as those of you who are familiar with such things, has been up and down. She has had numerous test, and pumped with all kinds of meds, to help her recover.
There's no need to say, that this journey in more ways then one, been nothing short of a miracle. After only 4 days, she was sitting up in a chair. Down the hall from her room in the critical care tower, lays a young woman who had suffered the same thing. The last I had heard, all she knows is her name. I've even spoke to others who have lost loved ones to this. Of course too, there are others, who like Reba have survived, and gone on with life.
Her nuero doctor said this may have been building for awhile, before it burst. In the days before, she was getting dizzy spells and falling. Prior to that Reba suffered one black out, and a car wreck, as well as two seizures, in the past couple of years. Don't know if those things are related or not, but I have heard it is possible. Neither hospital she went in for the seizures ever gave a real answer as to why they happened.
As of this post, she still has the wires or tubes in her head. But the blood in her brain seems to be just about gone. Which is one of the most important things. She has been taking small walks with one of the aides, to help with her strength. Tues, she is set up to have her little pigtails as she calls them, removed from her head. I know she is looking forward to that. She has a hoard of other tubes attached to her, and I imagine they will be removed around the same time. She will soon be weened off predisone, and sodium. I don't know yet about the anxiety meds. The last couple of days she has been having a hard time breathing and has been taking oxygen. And her heart rate has been too fast. I think, but don't know if the predisone, may be why. I do know the stuff has been giving her one heck of an appetite!
So, if all continues to go well, they are saying that on Wed, she can be discharged. She was told she may have to have PT afterwards. And I'm sure some other meds. But she will be home, sooner than anyone had expected. If there's any more news, I will try to update, on this post.