Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
As some of you may know, our mom/wife (Kelly) has been having strange symptoms lately (numb face, loss of consistent hearing in her left ear, tingling, etc.) since around September. On Monday, January 9th, she had an MRI that was ordered by our family eye doctor on Friday. At around lunch Monday, mom and dad went back to the eye doctor to find out the results. They found out that she has a tumor at the base of her brain that is putting pressure on various nerves, causing multiple symptoms.
We met with a Neurosurgeon and Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals Wednesday, January 11th. The tumor is an acoustic neuroma (also referred to as a vestibular schwannoma), which is a benign and slow growing tumor that may have been in her body for anywhere from 5-20 years. It is pushing on the brain, but not located within the brain. Because of its size and the fact that it is now causing her problems, they need to remove it. She will have complete and permanent loss of hearing in her left ear, but it could be much worse than the alternative. At this time, they do not believe she will need radiation.
Surgery has been scheduled for Monday, February 6th. She will be in surgery for 8 hours, and spend the night in ICU, then moved into a general recovery room. We were told to plan on 4-5 days in the hospital, and a total time of roughly a month off work (of course depending on how she is feeling).
After much discussion, we thought this was the most effective way to keep everyone informed, allowing me (Alyssa) to keep friends and family updated on her progress throughout surgery and the week following without having everything on Facebook.
On behalf of all of our family, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your prayers, concerns, phone calls, texts, etc. We are so thankful to have so many wonderful people in our lives!
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions!
Thank you again!
), Mike, Alyssa, and Andrew