First I want to say thank you to everyone that reached out to welcome me, it is very heart warming. My journey down this road began two weeks ago and I am still trying to completely wrap my head around all of it. I was at work and started to feel ill (dizzy, light-headed, sick to my stomach, and very sensitive to light). I honestly thought it was a migraine, which I have had in the past, and asked a co-worker to handle my meetings for the rest of the day, instead she took one look at me and said, "no, I'm taking you to the ER". I tried to argue, but thankfully she won and took me straight to the ER. After 10 hours, a CT scan with the dye in it, and a lumbar puncture, I left with the diagnosis of a 7mm x 4mm aneurysm. On July 24th I had a cerebral angiogram and was given the results on July 28th when I met with the top neurosurgeon in Spokane, WA (where I live). What he had to tell me was very disheartening as I have a fusiform aneurysm and he does not have the ability to operate on it himself. He has referred me to Dr. Delashaw at Swedish Medical in Seattle, but I am now waiting for my insurance company to approve going out of network, as there is not a surgeon in network that can perform the surgery on a fusiform aneurysm. I am hoping to get an answer from the insurance company today or tomorrow. While my condition is not emergent, Dr. Carlson in Spokane did say that it definitely needs treated in the next 2 months. I am a single mother of two amazing teenage girls, who are my biggest supporters and the greatest loves of my life, and I worry about them more than myself through all of this.
If anyone has had the wrap procedure, I would appreciate hearing more about it, the procedure, the pros and cons, the recovery time, etc.
Thank you all again,