Saturday, December 4, 2010

Update on Tyler

It's been quite the last couple of months. I haven't been blogging much because I just don't really feel up to dealing with anything. In August Tyler was having really bad headaches, and they started getting really bad. Eventually when it was so bad he couldn't focus on anything I dragged him to the ER. The doctors hmmm'd and haaaa'd and said that he was dehydrated (wrong) the next day things were even worse so we took him back. They did two CT scans and didn't find anything. Fast forward a month, Tyler goes in for a follow up. He's still having constant head aches. They never go away. Some days are worse, but no days are better (and this is coming from the guy that cracked three ribs and didn't want to go to the doctor because "it doesn't hurt that bad") So the doctor got him an MRI. They found an Arachnoid Cyst on his brain. Freaky. So we get referred over to a neurologist in Anchorage, but he is only in one day a week (the rest of the time he's cutting heads open at the hospital) so the appointment is not until December 22nd so we're just sitting on our hands worrying and waiting. Then last wednesday Tyler goes in with his primary care doctor to talk about how things are and pain management and they take his vitals and his heartbeats per minute is only 41 (to put things clearer, "normal" is anywhere from 60 to 100, so 41 is way low. He's a walking zombie) so they did a cardiograph or a EKG and they didn't say anything about it, his doctor immediately called a cardiologist in Fairbanks and got him an appointment for this coming up wednesday. Normally the doctor sends your info to the referral office, and they deal with it. The fact that the doctor did this himself is very worrying to me. So now we're doubly freaking out. The two most important organs in the human body is the brain and the heart, and Tyler might be needing surgery on both. And the sad fact is, only one of those surgeries would have the Air Force looking into medical retirement, having two is almost a guarentee that we'd be out. Needless to say, our future is most uncertain. Tyler was feeling okay about the cyst but for some reason he's really freaking out about the heart, which has got me very scared. I know that whatever happens will be what is supposed to happen and our lives, literally, are in the Lord's hands. It's hard to wait and not know what's going to happen but we'll deal with it. We appreciate all the prayers and fasts that have been going on for us and we know that the Lord is blessing us. Thank you friends and family. We love you all.


  1. Thanks for the update. We hadn't heard that his heart-rate was low as well. I'm glad he got in right away with the cardiologist and that even if you have to say bye to the military that his health will be taken care of. Heck, I'm all for you moving back! ;) Well, you're in our thoughts and prayers. Those are always answered in the most unexpected ways, aren't they? I cant wait until we can look back on this and go "oooooh, I see what God was doing there!" I love those moments. Hate the stressy ones. Take it easy and keep us updated. Love yous!

  2. I had no idea. I get behind on checking blogs. We will keep him in our prayers.

  3. MaryAnn, the heart thing is very recent. Just got the appointment on Friday. Don't feel out of the loop. I get weary of making bad news calls though. Blogging is much better.
    Rashelle, I get behind too. :) we appreciate the prayers and we miss your family. Are you in contact with the Gibsons much? I've lost contact with them but I think they might want to know.