Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Arterial Venous Malformation


Arterial venous malformation, or AVM for short. An abnormal connection between veins and arteries; that is what they found hidden under an arachnoid cyst in my left anterior temporal lobe. I was having surgery to remove or fenestrate the cyst, but they found more when they operated.

I was "Dain Bramaged"!
I had been joked with, all my life, because of my crazy antics. But, it turned out to be true. Not only did I have the arachnoid cyst, but also an AVM. Of course we did not know this before the start of the surgery.

Before the surgery, I had and MRA with contrast. A magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), is a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer that produce detailed images. It is obviously less invasive than a catheter angiography. For whatever reason, my test did not show the AVM lying beneath the arachnoid cyst.

Entering into the surgery, I was scared but resolved. I had a feeling that I wouldn't wake up, but I had hope. Being a Christian I was certain that my God would take care of me, no matter what the outcome. I updated my Will, and created a list of all the information that my wife might need.

I had taken the time to order a bouquet of candy flowers from a specialty shop, and wrote a letter to my family explaining my love for them and my hopes for their futures. It was set to arrive at the house two days after the surgery.

I had a quiet calm that morning (even before I was given "something" to help me relax). I resolved that no matter what, I would awake to a new day, a new beginning. As the anesthesiologist asked me, "Are you ready to take a little trip?", I answered, "I'm not going nowhere with out my lugga."

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