This Tuesday I will be going to Tulsa, OK to babysit my nephew while my sister-in-law is having some very serious surgery.
She has a condition called Arnold Chiari Malformation. Basically that means her cerebellum has slipped out of her skull into her spinal column and consequently causes terrible headaches among other things. She has been managing it for several years now with pain meds. But this past summer she received a shot from a new doctor and he actually hit a peripheral nerve causing a small stroke and causing her to be completely paralyzed on her right side for several hours. She gradually got most of her function back, but she is still at only about 80%. This mistake also caused the drop in her cerebellum to increase, causing more headaches, etc., as it was pinched in her spinal column. So her only choice is to have what is called *brain decompression* surgery. They will go in and remove her C-1 so that her cerebral spinal fluid will have more room to flow. This surgery should relieve her of much pain~hopefully all of it.
Please pray with us that this surgery will be successful and she will no longer have to be on high-powered pain meds. She is only 29, married with a sweet 1-yr-old son, and doesn't want to spend the rest of her life like this.