11.25.2012

just when we thought things were getting better...

Pablo had a stroke.

One day he complained of feeling out of it and disoriented. The next day he was telling me that he swore we had three kids.

He double checked that he didn't screw up his meds somehow.

This went on for a few days with no improvement.

Off to the hospital where tests determined that he had a stroke.

Now he's been back and forth to the hospital for lots of brain scans to see what might have caused the stroke.

Our worst fear is that the son of a bitch brain tumour is back.

The kids don't know anything yet. Not even sure what we would tell them...

The hospital wanted to admit Pablo but he said no. He'd rather be at home while they schedule the tests. We even took the kids to the local Santa Claus parade last night - all four of us.

I gotta take this week off of posting because I can't think straight. Sorry.

I'll add updates as they come.

UPDATES:

28th am: We're still waiting for an MRI. We've been waiting since last Thursday.

28th pm: Pablo is back at the hospital. Possible MRI tonight and to get checked out because he's been losing the vision in his right eye since early this afternoon.

29th: The hospital can't do MRIs anymore due to Pablo's pacemaker so they did another CT scan but did it a bit differently this time to get better results. GOOD NEWS: the results show that the stroke probably made some scar tissue move into the hole where his tumour was...making it look as though the tumour was growing back. We're waiting to have this confirmed by a neuro-radiologist but this is FANTASTIC if this is the case. Now we just have to figure out why he had the stroke...

1st: Pablo spoke to a neuro-radiologist yesterday. Since the final scan was done about a week and a half after the stroke (now being called a mini-stroke - TIA) the doc couldn't say 100% for sure that what he sees in the scan is from this stroke or the stroke that Pablo had after brain surgery. He also CONFIRMED that the tumour IS NOT back. He too agrees that it is scar tissue. PHEW. We're so freaking thrilled. There is still lots of appointments to come with Pablo's neurologist, oncologist, etc. but we're over the hump and heading back to, dare I say, NORMAL?!?!?!?!? Pablo is feeling a heck of a lot better than he was a week ago.

I love all you guys, those who've left heartfelt comments and those who've been checking back to see the outcome. Your support is so important to us. I have the most amazing readers/followers and I owe you guys so much. Thank you.
 

27 comments:

  1. all the best for you, Pablo and the kids

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  2. Many blessing and love to you and your family!

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  3. Hello
    I don't usually comment... But I do visit regularly and just wanted to say that I feel so much empathy for you and really hope the news is the best it can be. I hope your fighting spirit keeps you positive.
    x Meg

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  4. sending many prayers and good thoughts your way. I can't even imagine. Hoping for the best for you and your family.

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  5. I've just come on board your lovely blog and my thoughts and hope for good news for your family {{HUGS}} from Australia xxx ~ Mariane

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  6. Dear Julia,
    I am sorry to hear your husband is not feeling well. My husband has severe hemophilia and bleeds constantly. We go to the hospital more than anyone else I know. His life is always in jeopardy. We have a 2 year old and I am pregnant with twins! I know it can be draining!!
    I will be praying for you, for him and your beautiful children

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  7. Dear Julia,
    I am sorry to hear your husband is not feeling well. My husband has severe hemophilia and bleeds constantly. We go to the hospital more than anyone else I know. His life is always in jeopardy. We have a 2 year old and I am pregnant with twins! I know it can be draining!!
    I will be praying for you, for him and your beautiful children

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  8. Wishing you all the best at this scary and stressful time. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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  9. Man oh man - that's a tough shitty thing that's happened to you all.
    You've been through so much already - it would be nice if the universe gave you a bit of a break.
    Hang tough.

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  10. Praying for you all from New Zealand <3

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  11. Sending warm wishes your way! I hope it is not a sign of anything underlying.

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  12. God, I'm sorry. I'm thinking of you and sending all my wishes for good news.

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  13. Oh, sorry. So sorry. I hope the news are as good as possible.
    I have no idea what I would tell the kids either.
    Hugs from Paris to you and Pablo.

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  14. Sending lots of positive thoughts and well wishes your way xx

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  15. Sorry.
    Sending good vibes/juju.

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  16. sending prayers and good thoughts xoxo

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  17. Oh no! How devastating! Sending lots of positive thoughts your way, and lots of hugs. xoxoxoxoxox

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  18. Hey Pablo
    Get well dude, I hope you recover quickly.
    Hugs to Julia, Boo and Boy

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  19. Getting back here to see if there were news and there are... I hope things won't get too complicated or serious...

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  20. Oh no, sweetie! I'm so sorry. I'm sending love and prayers your way. And big hugs.

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  21. I am an avid follower of your blog and admire your strength as a family. My thoughts are with you during this obviously stressful and difficult time.

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  22. Longtime reader of your blog, so very sorry to read about your hubby's recent problems. We have a child with cancer. The stress can be unbearable. Hugs to you and Pablo from rural America.

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  23. I truly hope that it's scar tissue. More love coming your way.

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  24. Good news then! Lots of thoughts for all the appointments to come but now it is also time to relax, phew!

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  25. I'm so glad to hear of this update! Yay!!!!! Still sending hugs and love. Hang in there you guys.

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