Warren Harris

First post: Oct 17, 2016 Latest post: Nov 24, 2016
On Friday, October 14 our world changed.  Warren was standing waiting for the mail and blacked out, falling and hitting his head on the  cement in the shop.  He went to the ED in Manistee where they found him to be in A Fib RVR, a rapid irregular heart rate.  They gave medication to counter that.  They also completed a head CT because of the fall.  When they read the CT, they found a mass which they described as golf ball size.  My dad and I then drove down to Butterworth hospital Friday night were we got 2 hours of sleep between all the physicians, nurses and questions being asked.  There have been over 18 doctors involved, that we have seen.  The neurosurgeon believes the mass to be a craniopharyngioma.  The mass is calcified and has some cystic properties, but from what can be seen it is in the sphenoid sinus, up to the optic chasm and carotid arteries, but not invading the brain.  The recommended course of action is surgery.

Saturday they completed an EEG and an echo to check brain waves and heart function.  During the EEG he did not have a seizure.  The Echo did show a perfect heart, but one that was moderately healthy.  We are still waiting to hear in detail from the cardiologist the interpretation, but it didn't sound bad.  Overall his heart rate has been better controlled, but he is still in an irregular rhythm which puts him at risk for a stroke because of clots.  Due to the pending surgery he can't be on blood thinners though. 

His 'woozyness', for lack of him finding a better word, was getting better, but today, Monday seemed to be worse again after having to lay flat for a more indepth Static MRI.  Next up is a CT to make sure they don't see anything else.  So far blood work looks good.  He has been able to eat pretty much whatever he wants, with exception to cigarettes and his famous 'TikiMan' Brews. His spirits are as good as they can be.  I will continue to update this as I can.  Please keep him in his prayers and thoughts. 

There is also a fundraiser page set up to help pay for the medical expenses.


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