Deb VonBerge

First post: Dec 30, 2019 Latest post: Apr 30, 2021
On Friday, December 27th, 2019, Craig came home from work for his lunch break and found Deb on the floor in the garage. It appeared she had fallen and was struggling to get up. We called 911 and in that time noticed that Deb’s words were slurred and a bit garbled. Once we got to the ER we found out that she had an aneurysm in her brain that had ruptured. It caused a subarachnoid bleed in the right side of her brain. Deb was transferred to Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park where a coiling procedure (Cath Lab procedure) was done to stop the bleeding. She then had a Craniotomy (brain surgery) to remove a portion of her skull to allow her brain to swell. The next morning, an EVD (ExtraVentricular Drain) was placed into the right side of her brain to drain out excess fluids to keep the pressure on her brain under control. On January 3rd, 2020 she was having Vasospasms (spasms in the brain.) She was taken back to Cath Lab where they did a procedure to put medication directly into her brain to stop the spasms. On January 13th,2020 Deb was taken to Interventional Radiology to have a PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) placed. All of her medications and nutrition are delivered via this tube. Later that day, the EVD was removed from her brain. Still that day, she went to surgery to have a Tracheotomy (to get the breathing tube out of her mouth and into the neck to lower the risk of infection.) On January 16th, 2020 Deb was stable enough to transfer to Bethesda Hospital to start weaning her off her tracheostomy and start rehab to try to get her left side of her body moving again.

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