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2/24/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
On Sunday 2/21, during church, Kirsten began to feel unusual and that something was wrong. After finishing her sermon she walked over to her husband (Al) and said she didn't feel well and needed to go to the hospital. On their way there her headache and neck pain got progressively worse and by the time she arrived to Meriter Hospital she couldn't walk or talk. She described it as like she could hear everything that was going on but couldn't open her eyes or respond. They performed a CTA Scan and spinal tap which revealed that she had a cerebral aneurysm and that there was blood in her cerebral spinal fluid. They transferred her to UW Hospital and performed an angiogram. This revealed that the aneurysm was located on the basilar artery (one of the main arteries on the brain stem). The aneurysm also had a leak causing fluid to leak into the subarachnoid space. They did an emergency procedure adding endovascular coils to the aneurysm as a "temporary fix" to stop the hemorrhaging. She is stable and doing well, but will need to remain in the ICU for a couple weeks and will be monitored for vasospasms in the brain (which can be common for this type of injury). The plan is to perform another procedure in a month or two to place a stent in the artery. Please keep our mother, grandmother, and wife in your thoughts and prayers.