Aug 25, 2017 Latest post:
May 15, 2018
Barbara and her family have been noticing some health changes over the last 3-4 months.
Last year she had an issue with her eyes. It appeared to be cleared up and then this spring/early summer she got double vision for a short while. It went away as soon as it appeared. The doctors could not find a reason for the double vision. In the last 4-6 weeks, her vision has been giving her more problems. Other symptoms dealing with emotions, memory, and coordination have also surfaced.
We had to find out what was going on.
Barbara had an appointment with a doctor on Wed. Aug 23. The doctor listened to the symptoms and called for a CT scan. Upon viewing the CT scan, the Dr. sent her to Immanuel-St. Joseph hospital in Mankato for a MRI scan. These scans showed a mass in her brain.
Consultation with a neurologist was set up. Barbara, Jack, and Andrew attended this neurology appointment on Thursday, Aug 24. This meeting was with Dr. Sharma, Prof. of Neurology at Mayo Clinic.
In a very long meeting, the surgeon laid it out for us. Barbara has a large mass about 3" x 2" x 1.75" in the interior right hemisphere of her brain. It is located in the center - rear portion, starting about the front of the ear and extending up, down, rearward. This mass is starting to put pressure on sensitive areas of the brain which is causing the symptoms she is experiencing.
Barbara has started a course of pre-surgery drugs. Additional scans were ordered. Surgery is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Mayo Clinic - Immanuel - St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato, MN providing there are no complications. This will be a very long and intense surgery.
Barbara requests prayers on her and Jack's behalf and prayers for the Dr., nurses, and staff.
If you are wondering what else can be done, this surgery will require a lot of blood. Donations of blood are encouraged also.