Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Brain News!

I'm still processing all of the news we just received about my health update, but I figured this was the best way to get it across to the masses... from my mouth and my words.  Just wanting to clear up any rumors before they have time to spread :)

We went in today for my 2nd MRI and consultation with my neurosurgeon.  I will say that the Lord was with me all throughout my MRI... I was so much less nervous and worried than last time.  I actually prayed for a little while, went through the ABCs of what I'm thankful for, and then fell asleep so that was a pleasant experience compared to the last one!  Going from an emotional wreck to a semi-sane person was definitely progress for me :)

Oh, and the nurse has to poke me a total of THREE times before she found a good vein, but still I remained calm and collective :)
After the MRI, we waited for about 2 hours to see the doctor... took a quick trip to Mickey D's and a bookstore {where I found the CUTEST adoption book} before heading up to the neuro's office.

I was having all kinds of fun in the waiting room... working on school stuff, goofing off with Jared, checking in on Facebook/email/instagram.  That was all fun and games before the doc came in.

This next one looks really sweet, but I promise it wasn't the such, ha!

Basically, I have a cavernous malformation like was expected before.  However, it is a little more problematic than originally thought because it has had a small re-bleed and swelling since the last MRI. We (including the doctor) were all kinda hoping that the blood would clear, the cavernous malformation would be non-problematic and that I could just move on with my life.  BUT, since it seems like things have happened since last time I need surgery.  It's not necessarily "emergency" surgery, but it's not something you want to live with and worry about either.

So, that's where we are at.  More than likely, unless anything changes, I will have brain surgery early next week to remove the cavernous malformation.  It's about a 2 1/2 hour surgery, will spend a night in the ICU, and a few nights in the hospital.  Dr. Barnett felt confident that although no brain surgery is fun, this one is a pretty normal surgery for him.  We won't really know if there will be any therapy involved until we know how the surgery went and if it affected any of the area around that portion of my brain.  After about a month off of work, no driving, no strenuous activity, no heavy-lifting I *should* be good to go.  

So, that's where we are at right now.  I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that everything is peachy-keen and rainbows/roses right now.  But, I can tell you that I have complete faith that the Lord will bring us through this.  Jared keeps reminding me that He hasn't or will never put anything in our lives that we can't handle.  If I didn't have my faith right now and so many strong people around me I truly don't know how I would react to situations like this.


I'm sure there are tons of questions that I didn't answer here, but like I said before, I am still processing the news that I literally just received.  I don't know how or if this will affect our adoption.  All I know is that I want this taken care of before J gets here (If I could have surgery tomorrow, I totally would!).  I definitely want to be able to spend my time with her and not in the hospital.  God's plan is perfect, and He knew this was going to happen before we found out today, so I know He will coordinate everything according to His will!


54 comments:

  1. praying for you friend! God is in control! He leads us to nothing we cannot handle. xoxo

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  2. Oh goodness Amy! I'm sure its not what you hoped to hear, but I'm glad it sounds like you have a great doctor who has a plan. I'll definitely be lifting you up in prayer. The Lord will be with you every step of the way! Prayers and hugs :)

    Leanne

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  3. You and Jared are soooooo cute together. I pray for a speedy recovery!

    Cheryl~

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  4. Amy, I will keep you and your family in my prayers! :)

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  5. Praying for brilliant surgical work and quick recovery for you!

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  6. Amy, you are so strong and positive! You're in my thoughts and prayers!

    Dana

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  7. Praying for you. Amy you are such an inspiration.

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  8. my prayers are with you and your family, and may God guide the hands of the doctors that you will be well and healthy again

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  9. Lots of prayers for a successful, safe operation and for a new, healthier you! I follow your blog--I teach in Coppell but grew up in Mesquite! :) Take care!!

    Gayla
    Teach On.

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  10. Love you, friend. Prayers <3

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  11. I know we're strangers, but I feel like I know you. So girlfriend, you have a sister in Christ in sunny CA praying for you! Also, one of my college roommates had brain surgery this summer and came through it like a champ! Her surgery was supposed to 8 hours but only took 4. She was up on her feet the next day and out of the hospital two days after that! We live in amazing times, and I know that God will carry you through this test and turn it into a powerful testimony!

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  12. Lots of thoughts and prayers for you! :)

    ~Jen

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  13. You will definitely get many prayers from me!!! Please keep us informed.
    Susan in NC

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  14. I don't know you personally, but I feel like I know you. We are all praying for you and a very successful operation.

    BTW, you and your hubs are cute. My hubs won't have any goofy stuff in the waiting room.

    Prayers for a speedy recovery!!
    V. from New York

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  15. If the Good Lord brought you to it, then the Good Lord will see you through it! Prayers to you and your family!

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  16. Prayers for you and hubs! May God wrap his arms around you both and comfort you during this.

    ✞Heather
    Swinging Through Second Grade
    hdawntn@hotmail.com

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  17. Y'all are adorable, just had to say that first. Praying for a quick & speedy recovery and that everything goes well. But, knowing you through blog (stalking), you've got an AMAZING attitude and you'll get through this like it was nothing. Keep us posted!

    -Sara

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  18. Lots of prayers for you and your growing family!

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  19. Thoughts and prayers to you Amy! Best of luck!

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  20. Wow Amy! That is a lot to deal with. I have closely followed your journey to finally have your sweet baby girl and I know this must be hard to handle when you just want to prepare for your daughter's arrival. I will sincerely be praying for you and the whole situation. May God's grace be obvious each step of the way!

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  21. Praying for you. You are the type of teacher I wish was. (I'm just not that creative) You need yo get the book I Love You Like Crazycakes if you don't already. I would read that to my son for years after we adopted him and I would always cry happy tears.

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  22. You are in my prayers, so is the surgeon, & your hubby!!! Follow the doctor's orders after surgery....I know it will be HARD to sit and rest and NOT do ANYTHING but if you want to get better ....that's what you gotta do!!! Your class will miss you but I'm sure you have everything ready and a goo sub lined up. You will get through this with the Lord's help. Take Care!!
    .....look at it this way....thank god your not a STAAR testing grade!!!

    carrie

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  23. May God bless you!!!! I'm postive that you're going to be safe and sound for the holidays. Take care, I'm praying for you both.

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  24. Amy,
    I too don't know you personally. However, I wanted you to know that you have a fellower follower of Christ praying for you in Oklahoma. I cried as I read your post - not only because of the news you received, but more so because of the faith you are showing. You are a witness to soooo many. I also have to tell you what a huge blessing you have been in my life through your blog and TPT units. Your love of teaching is very inspiring. I always feel uplifted after I read your blog and then can't wait to use your ideas in my classroom. Thank you for sharing your ideas, enthusiasm, and your passion for teaching. I am praying for a quick recovery for you and that you get to meet your baby girl soon. You are going to be an amazing mom!!

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  25. Amy, you are an amazing lady. I love your faith and positive attitude!! You are Jared and J are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank goodness for a Heavenly Father who knows us and loves us and is aware of all!!
    Keep up the faith!!
    xo
    Lory Evans

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  26. Although we have never met.. I have been reading your blogs and following all your ideas. You are a great teacher. We will keep you in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your faith on here.

    Pam in NC

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  27. Amy you are truely an amazing person. Thinking of you and praying for you in your journey back to health and as you await your baby girl. Get all the rest you can because you will need it when she gets here!
    Wishes from NC
    Tiffany
    crazyaboutsecond@blogspot.com

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  28. I will be praying for you!!!!
    Jodi

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  29. Praying for you, Amy! You have the Ultimate Healer and Comforter on your side. Take care and be strong!
    Sara

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  30. Praying for you and your family.

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  31. Praying for you and your family Amy!

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  32. I am praying for total healing through this surgery!!! God LOVES you.

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  33. I will pray for you and your family. Faith in God will bring you through it. Debra

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  34. I came over from your educational blog to read more about your story. What an amazing testimony and example of your faith and our amazing God that you are and can be to so many people through what He has chosen to place in your life. I am praying for you, your family, and your team of doctors!

    Sarah

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  35. Your faith and trust in God's plan is such an inspiration! I am sure you have blessed hundreds if not thousands with your walk and testimony. I am sorry you have to have surgery but you are right...God has a plan:) I will be praying for you! God bless you and your family!!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  36. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  37. There is no doubt that the good Lord will get you both through this. He is doing this all now so that when that precious little daughter of you comes, you will be all healed and ready to be mommy! I will keep you all in my prayers. Blessings!

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  38. Amy,
    I feel like I know you even though I have not met you personally. I share about your blog and your adoption story with many. I use many of your resources and think I have become a better teacher-willing to do more with and for my students. Your faith has inspired me as well. You and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this next trial. Praying for a speedy recovery and that everything will work out with your new baby girl:)

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  39. Amy,
    I know we don't know each other personally, but I have followed your blog for a few months now. I just wanted you to know that I am a fellow sister in Christ (and elementary teacher) who lives in Vancouver, Canada. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God has you in his mighty hands right now and he will carry you through.
    Ali

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  40. Amy,
    I follow your blog all the time and have been keeping up with the new developments, both regarding your health and adoption. You will be in my prayers daily and knowing He is in control, look forward to your recovery. Take care of yourself.
    Donna Brumlow from Paine Primary (Trussville, AL)

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  41. You're one incredible lady! I will make sure to say several prayers for you before and after surgery! I have been following your journey through you teaching and personal blog for just over a year. I am incredibly moved by your journey, strength, and faith in the Lord. You definitely inspire me!
    Sending prayers from a fellow Texas teacher.

    Kelli

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  42. Praying for you. God is with you. Read Isaiah 43:1-4. Looking forward to good reports soon!

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  43. Praying for you Amy! God will see you through all of this! We will all keep you in our prayers!

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  44. Sobbing as I continued to read on...You are such an inspiration! I hope that you will keep us update for I am on your site weekly. May God be with you.

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  45. Amy,

    You are such a strong person and you will make it through this. The lord has it all figured out so we just have to trust in him. Hold your head high and know we are all cheering for you and a fast recovery! God bless you!

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  46. Amy,
    Fellow teacher and Christian here in California praying for you right now. Praying for the surgeon and for your family. It is truly God's perfect timing that you prepped all of the maternity leave work when you did (although it can be really hard for us to see it - believe me I know!)
    Praying,
    Heidi

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  47. Amy- just wanted you to know that the Lord laid you on my heart today and I prayed for you this morning. You are being lifted up in prayer in PA! :-) Lauren

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  48. Sending positive thoughts and strength your way! I'm a new follower - found you through searching for things in my classroom and you have been a genius and help to me. Good luck with everything!

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  49. I don't know you personally but I will pray for you and your lovely family. Trust in God! :)

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  50. Amy, You don't know me but I found some of your classroom items on Pinterest and since the day I found them I have followed your classroom blog!!! I am a newish 2nd grade teacher in the Panhandle and you have been a LIFESAVER!!! I have struggled with trying to find stuff to help me teach my content and I just LOVE your stuff! I read your blog tonight and am sad to find out that you have had surgery...but know that the Lord will take care of you and His plan IS perfect...just as you say! I will be praying for your and your adoption...and your family! Praying that all goes well and you are home with your baby and hubby SOON! I will be checking back often as I am anxious to hear how you are doing!!! Hugsssss to you and God Bless! :)
    Angie

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  51. Amy I have returned to your school blog page many times during the last year. I believe yours was one of the first I started following. I have a strong faith in God and I can see that you and your husband do as well. My prayer for you is for peace until the surgery and healing and good health after the surgery. Remember that many people have come to respect and appreciate you as well as those whom you come in contact with every day. God speed the best to you and yours. Then when you are up to the wonderfully, enormous task, the adoption will bless your life abundantly.
    Pam

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