"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"
The doctors are still unsure if dad's bleed was an anuerysm or another kind of brain bleed. But it is classified a subarachnoid hemorrage (http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/Brain-Aneurysm-Topic-Overview) and days 4-14 are critical.
We are on Day 4 of this journey and the vasospams (i think i spelled it wrong in another entry) tend to peak during this time. Most likely, they will peak & then drop off, at which point they can clamp the catheter in Dad's brain. At this point, the neurosurgeon says dad needs to stay put another 10 days until there is no threat of spasms. The vasospams can cause more bleeding, which we want to avoid. All that to say, the next 10 days are critical.
They are still going to repeat the cerebral angiogram early next week to try to determine if the bleeding resulted from an anuerysm or something else.
We asked Dad's nurse, Julie, how to pray and here's what she said. Pray that:
*he wouldn't have the vasospams
*he would avoid infection during a lengthy hospital stay
*all his medications would be effective
*he would remain encouraged and his spirits would be up (it's a little isolated & interesting down here as most ICU patients aren't even conscious)
*dad would sleep soundly
Dad is very conscious, alert, and joking like usual. He knows all the medical staff's names and all about their families. He watches NCAA basketball games, but got a little down when Texas Tech bowed out early.