On Monday, October 17th, Tara was rushed to the hospital after becoming unresponsive to attempts to wake her. She had been complaining of head and neck pain for several weeks and medication didn't seem to be working. After arriving at the hospital, it was determined she had a ruptured brain aneurysm. Surgery was performed to relieve pressure on the brain and to drain blood. After surgery, she was put into an intensive care unit and we were told she would remain there and kept sedated for 2 to 3 weeks. After that, there will be many more weeks of rehabilitation and without any guarantees. The extent of any brain damage is not yet known, but as of day 2 Tara is somewhat responsive to speech and somewhat to touch, but more so on her right side than her left. She can move her eyes to the right,but not to the left. Her cranial pressure is good, but doctors tell us that there are 5 more days before the pressure can peak. The drainage is a much lighter red, which indicates no new bleeding. We take these as little victories and hope to see more of them as things progress, with emphasis on progress. I haven't heard it specifically stated as such, but I get the feeling that it was very close and had she been taken to the hospital any later, it may have been too late. My wife Lisa, Tara's sister, was told in fact that 50% of these patients never make it to the hospital. That wasn't real encouraging news at the time, but every hour that passes without discouraging news creates a growing hope that although the road will be long, at least she is on the road and moving forward.
Pat McCain referred me to this site so a big thank you Pat! Pat works at http://www.mccainautomotiveglass.com
and is one of our customers at Mygrant Glass Co. No, not intended as shameless plugs, but Tara works for Mygrant Glass and speaks with Pat, and many other customers, quite often. That is what she does and will continue to do when she is well. I decided to create this site for her to look back on WHEN she is well, so please add your thoughts, well wishes and prayers to her guest book. Most people believe that prayer and healing thoughts can travel through air to reach the intended person so I see no reason why they can't travel through hyper space as well. I will start a journal page as well with updates and as much information as I can get.
Get well soon Tara. We love you!