"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

25 June 2010

Prayer, Please?

I don't often use this space for prayer requests and merely personal information. However, this is a gravely important situation, and I know that those few of you who read here regularly would want to know and to pray. Our older daughter has just discovered that the cavernous angioma in her brain has enlarged. She is seeking a neurologist to discuss whether surgery is necessary, which is obviously a sobering and frightening prospect. A cavernous angioma is a tangle of blood vessels, in her case almost certainly congenital, that causes seizures when it bleeds. It was first diagnosed 6-7 years ago; the last time it caused seizures was last summer and this MRI was a follow-up. There is no treatment for the angioma that I am aware of except surgery; the fear is that it will begin to hemorrhage at some point, but of course there are also tremendous risks to the surgery and the angioma is deep in the brain. Please pray for wisdom on the part of all, and grace and peace for our daughter and her three young children.

20 comments:

Brad Miner said...

I'll add your daughter to my prayers - that the angioma disappear. Failing that, that surgery is successful. -Brad Miner

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are also with you and your family--Donna Weddle

Amanda said...

Our God is the great physician and he is so mighty. I'm praying.

Hey_nonny_nonny said...

Many, many prayers for complete healing, in Jesus' name. <3 Prayers and love to the whole family, too--this must be a very difficult time for all of you.

alaiyo said...

Brad, Donna, Amanda -- thank you so much on DD's behalf as well as ours.

Ms Nonny -- is this my favorite former student with the famous GA writer's name? Thank you, dear heart!

We don't know when she will get in to see a neurologist; as you all know, these things take time. I'll let everyone know when we hear more. You are all so kind, and your kindness is light in the darkness for all of us.

Stephen said...

Definitely praying.

alaiyo said...

Thank you, Stephen.

Lutestring said...

I love you, and can only pray as best I can for this person so much a part of you.

alaiyo said...

Thank you, Monika, dear heart.

predictablepoet said...

Yes, yes indeed.

alaiyo said...

Thank you, Megan.

eutychus said...

Our prayers are with you all

alaiyo said...

Blessings on you and yours, David. Thank you.

Lucindyl said...

You know we are. :) Love you and yours.

alaiyo said...

Yes, I do, and God bless you all! Love you, too.

barn swallow said...

I recently chanced upon a book by contemporary brain surgeon Keith Black who works at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His dedication to carefully weighing potential risks and rewards of brain surgery impressed me. I have no idea if this doctor or medical center would interest your daughter, but thought I'd pass along the info., just in case.

Love to you, and prayers for your family

alaiyo said...

I thought I responded to you, Elena, but I don't see my post here! Thank you so much; I've passed the info on to DD. Thank you for your prayers, dear heart!

Lucindyl said...

Any updates here?

alaiyo said...

Nothing yet -- she has to find a neurologist who will take her insurance and then get an appointment -- and you know what it can take to get into a specialist's office.

alaiyo said...

Hi, all -- the nearest neurosurgeon won't take a referral from DD's doctor, so she has to go to their clinic, hope to get in, hope they will then give her the referral. She lives north of Chicago and must be at the Chicago clinic at 7 am; they only take the first so many patients each day, so she might have to try more than once. She runs an in-home daycare, so you can imagine this will be a process in itself.

Thanks again for prayers!

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