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Confirmed Fusiform Aneurysm in Right Carotid Artery


v907

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I made it through the procedure on Monday without a stroke or any other complications (praise God!), and met with my neurosurgeon on Tuesday morning. I knew I had a confirmed aneurysm before I even went to that Tuesday appointment thanks to the neuroradiologist showing me the scan of my right internal carotid artery after the cerebral angiogram was over on Monday.

 

On Monday, I checked in at 6:15 am at the cath lab of the hospital and didn't get 'home' to the hotel room until 5:30 pm. It was a very long day indeed, however it seemed shorter thanks to the nurses in the recovery room. They were kind, funny, and most impressively, they checked in on me often (I tend not to be the 'squeaky wheel' when I'm in the hospital so I sometimes get overlooked). They expertly took care of the incision site where the catheter had entered my femoral artery during the procedure. And they accommodated my healthy appetite with foods and drinks I could consume while laying down (they understood that as a stroke survivor, drinking water and eating juicy orange wedges was difficult for me to safely swallow in my supine position). I had to lay on my back with my leg straight in my little cubicle for at least four hours so the incision site would close properly. My job was to keep my leg straight, not use my head or neck muscles and to put pressure on the incision site every time I coughed or sneezed. I remember laying there, marveling at how advanced the technology is to guide a catheter from my femoral artery through the arteries in my abdomen and chest to the vertebral and carotid arteries in my neck, and then take images along the way!

 

On Tuesday, the neurosurgeon explained that the aneurysm is long in shape (fusiform), but still considered to be a small one at 9 mm. I was relieved to hear that! So I won't be needing the high risk surgery I learned about last week. Instead the plan is to go back for a CTA (a much less invasive procedure than the angiogram) in 6 months, and then keep going back for follow up scans every year after that. He happily brought our appointment to a close, but not before telling me to go to the ER if I notice any signs and symptoms of a stroke (if the aneurysm leaks or bursts). That was a little disconcerting at first. Now, three days later, I'm gloriously happy and feeling blessed that I'm still here!

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Good - ( and not good) - the story of our lives.... i am thinking you ahve one but a medical braclet for you with your paticular issue would be helpful, that carotid ever - pops- you wont be talking -- so make sure something or someone can so they start with your issue being a burst aneurysm as oppossed to stroke -- as most stroke are clot not bleed... probably preaching to a choir and you probably are way ahead of what i suggest... nancyl

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Veta :

 

I am so happy & relieved that everything went well with your procedure, and kept eye on in years to come.

 

Asha

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Kim,

Great post! I'm glad things are working out for the best. We miss you in chat, hope to see you in chat when you are ready. Rejoice in the new you, and treasure all the moments you can.

-Will

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Kim, I'm glad you had a good outcome with the procedure. My Larry has a left occluded carotid artery and the right partially blocked. We have the dopplar scan every 6 months but so far no need to risk surgery.

 

Julie

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Thank you, Nancyl, Asha, Sally, Will and Julie! Nancyl, I'm glad you mentioned the medical bracelet. I've only recently started to think about getting one, but I'll have to research where the best place is to get one. Do you have any suggestions?

-Veta

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The medical bracelet was mentioned on here sometime ago - maybe a couple years ago. If you do a search, I'm sure you will come up with the site or maybe others can chime in.

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You say right side so if a stroke occurred perhaps it would only affect your left body side and we pray if that did happen you would be a survivor for sure. My brain bleed stroke was something like that and I was in the hospital five months scared to death I wouldn't live.

 

It's been 9 years already so hopefully I will be OK and you too! May God bless all of us all the time.

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The medical bracelet was mentioned on here sometime ago - maybe a couple years ago. If you do a search, I'm sure you will come up with the site or maybe others can chime in.

 

Thanks, Julie! I'll do a search and then figure out how to put my medical history on it (which is now quite complicated since my stroke in Oct. 2008!).

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You say right side so if a stroke occurred perhaps it would only affect your left body side and we pray if that did happen you would be a survivor for sure. My brain bleed stroke was something like that and I was in the hospital five months scared to death I wouldn't live.It's been 9 years already so hopefully I will be OK and you too! May God bless all of us all the time.

 

Fred, I had a spontaneous carotid dissection on the right side. I was teaching in my classroom when the stroke hit out of the blue. My internal right carotid was blocked 100% for about 10 days, which left me completely paralyzed on my left side and with serious cognitive deficits. Thanks to excellent doctors, aggressive therapy, determination, a positive attitude and a whole lot of prayers, I have regained many of my abilities, but not enough to go back to teach...yet. :)

 

I like your positive outlook. I agree with you....may God bless all of us all of the time!

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hi, v907 just realized i had chatted with you last night. read your blog just now. gee almost feel nostalgia for the good old cath lab...got my 5th stent on 7/5 and it felt like the same old same old. maybe i'm a veteran now. but technology is fabulous. i just met a cousin of mine who lives in canada. just met to me means just 2 years ago, since then she has worked at becoming that phenomenon, virtual bionic woman...replacement knees, shoulder, hip, cataracts...i hope i don't go on and on. but she says the worst was depression. must run in the family since that is what gets me most since my stroke. this site posits a positive outlook which galls my basic cynicsm,,,,i'd rather be angry altho i have to admit i'd rather read a good book (one blessing i really count on and nowadays my eyesight is going a bit wonky) but the cath lab can work wonders....i'd love to see pictures of the ongoing process. but i had real trouble with the damn recovery period. i wanted to get up and move around but i was a a good boy and stayed inert. but unless one is a squeaky wheel, one can be forgotten and so it was for me. 2 hours after the four hours i was a good patient, i'd had enough and became indignant which is a nice way of putting it. i'd put that well behind me but now that i recall being forgotten, i'm not happy with my response on one hand i feel i shouod have hit the roof, on the other i wish i had maintained some stoicism but i did not. still haven't gotten the hospital bill yet. maybe i can use my negative experience as something of a bargaining chip. but maybe the hospital will "forget" the inevitable bill. still, i'm lucky to be able to type this account because i had forgotten all about it...maybe that's a left field benefit of stroke after-effects jf

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Hi v

What a fabulous person you are. V for Vibrant. You were positively brave. You are indeed surviving for a reason. I pray you are recovering well.

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Hi v What a fabulous person you are. V for Vibrant. You were positively brave. You are indeed surviving for a reason. I pray you are recovering well.

Thank you, Betsy! I appreciate your thoughtful comment; I feel uplifted by your words. Thank you. Thankfully, I no longer live in fear of having an aneurysm, but I am mindful of how I spend my days, because that's what life is made of…one glorious moment after the next. Best regards and prayers to you, too.

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