So, I had some tests done last week and one was a CT scan with contrast. I won’t bore you with the details, but this was one of the findings: “Probable anterior cerebral artery aneurysm.”
My primary care physician gets the result and refers me immediately to a neurologist. So what do I do now?
Well, the first is to pray and acknowledge that God is in control and that I am dependent on Him even for my next breath (which we all are, by the way).
Then I called the neurologist and from there it gets confusing. It seems the Doctor is not available, so I need to make an appointment with the Nurse Practioner, his assistant. But I am still confused because I don’t know what to do, go to the hospital, just wait, do some research?
Well, I just waited and did some research, then called my PCP to ask them what the Doctor recommends until I can see the neurologist.
“Don’t do any heavy lifting and don’t drink alcohol” was the response. No, problem, I rarely drink anyway, but I need to mow the lawn and now, that’s not an option until I know more.
Well, today I had my appointment and it seems possible I might not have an aneurysm at all, because CT scans don’t really tell the whole story.
I need to have a CTA scan. CT angiography is a type of medical test that combines a CT scan with an injection of a special dye to produce pictures of blood vessels and tissues in a part of your body. The dye is injected through an intravenous (IV) line started in your arm or hand.
“Treatment for brain aneurysms is more promising than it was several years ago. There are more effective and less- invasive treatment options for patients who in years past may have been told they had inoperable aneurysms. Doctors consider several factors when deciding which treatment option is best for a particular patient. Some factors include patient age, size of aneurysm and location of aneurysm.
Options for treatment are:
- Open brain surgery (clipping)
- Endovascular therapy (coils, stents, flow diversion device)
- No treatment: observation, with control of risk factors and possible repeat imaging”
So, I am waiting to schedule the CTA scan and TRUSTING God, who has taken very good care of me so far.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (The New King James Version, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Php 4:4–8)