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.
Sunday night (Sept. 16) Randy was taking by ambulance to Meriter in Madison. Sally suspected he had a mini-stroke because he seemed very disoriented and tired. A little before midnight, the hospital decided he had a brain aneurysm and should be taken to UW Hospital. He is presently in ICU and will probably be there for two to three weeks.
At the time he entered the hospital his brain was swelling and they said it was "urgent" he have surgery, but it was not an "emergency". After lots of tests, he finally went in on Tuesday morning around 10:30am and did not come back to his room until around 6:30 that evening.
The doctors had a choice of doing coiling, which meant they would go up through his groin and "coil" the aneurysm or go through the front side of his head and clip it. The angiogram showed them clipping was the most viable way to go. When they woke him up, he knew his name and he knew Sally. That gave us hope.
The last few days he asks often where he is and why, and Sally tells him and then he says, "Okay"....And then he asks again later. They reassure Sally that this is pretty normal.
Sally would love to receive messages from you via CaringBridge, but at the present time would appreciate your understanding of no phone calls. Being in ICU it is best Randy have no visitors at this time. Thanks!