I am back and what a better time to be back than close to the "Day of the Dead" or for us Hispanics, el "Dia de los Muertos", since I thought I was not going to make it, lol.
As you can see I haven't lost my sense of humor.
Today I feel comfortable enough to share with you some of what has been going on in my household...
I had a Pipeline Embolization to address a brain aneurysm I have had for many years but never grew or moved until the beginning of this year. When they did the routine tests, it just didn't show it grew considerably, but they found 2 more in the carotid artery: one on the left and one on the side and the one in the brain is sharing my left ophthalmic artery with the risk of losing my vision in that eye. The neurologist didn't want to waste any time but it took a while for me to feel comfortable with a doctor to get this procedure done. I found a great doctor at the University of Philadelphia but having my husband very sick I had to look for someone close to our home. It took me a little longer to get another awesome doctor but I did. Dr. Patel did an excellent job placing the pipeline and despite we won't know for sure if the procedure will completely block the aneurysm blood supply, he was able to position this pipeline exactly where it needed to be with no damage to anything else or any disability as a result of this less invasive procedure. Now, we will have to wait a few more months (6-8 months) to go for another test and see if this aneurysm is dying or not. But, I haven't lost any vision or had any strokes or any have any kind of disability associated with it yet. In the meantime, I am on blood thinners, (black and blues everywhere), I have to take a 325mg aspirin for the rest of my life and watching every day for the risk of clotting. But God is great and my Dr. Neil V. Patel is great and with both of them on my side, I am very hopeful looking forward to all that is there to enjoy.
Prior to my discovery, my husband had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (July of 2016) with an ejection fraction of 10%, it has been a battle but last month's test showed an improvement and now he has a 25% EF and looking forward to increasing that number. He is and has been in good spirits and has been getting great care from another great doctor. Despite his condition, he is feeling much better and we keep praising our Lord forever.
But......... we lost the LULU, two weeks after the husband was diagnosed. Lulu suffered from a collapsed trachea and on July 27th of 2016, she passed away. She died in my arms. We had taken her to the hospital after an awful coughing spell. She was being treated for her collapsed trachea condition but the doctors gave us not a good prognosis and even kind of suggested there was nothing else they could do but keep her comfortable. We took her home with some medication but she wouldn't stop coughing and we decided to take her back and just as I was getting out of the front door, she died. She has been gone for over a year now and we still miss her so much our hearts ache every day.
God works in mysterious ways, I have to say that, nonetheless that pain of not having her around still with us.
Now you know why it took me so long to get my bearings together...
Thank you so much to all of you who kept me going during this rough time. You know who you are. No need to mention names. I love you all!!
and...back to today's post.
-Here are a few skulls I want to share with you-
Dia de los Muertos Skulls
They are from the Cricut Cartridges Ole and Rock Princess.
See you next time!