Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Please pray for Michelle and Nick

Link: Church Blog Update

Michelle and Nick Cannariato were married on Mission Bay Saturday afternoon, April 17. 
Soon after Michelle and Nick arrived at their hotel in San Diego for their honeymoon night, Michelle's speech began to become slurred and she became unresponsive. She had "seizure-like" symptoms. Nick called 911 and Michelle was taken to Kaiser Hospital at Zion and Mission Gorge Road. Because of Michelle's agitation, the staff was not able to complete a thorough CAT Scan or MRI Sunday morning.

Sunday night, Michelle was able, under general anesthesia, to undergo an MRI. A neurologist was present to read the test. At about 10pm he shared with Dan and Tammy (Nick had gone home to try to get a few hours sleep) that Michelle has suffered a stroke in a deep part of her brain, affecting her right side. As you could imagine, a stroke for a 20 year old is very unusual. Dan asked about the size of the stroke, and the doctor termed it "medium."

Tests on Monday have shown that Michelle has a benign (non-cancerous) tumor about the size of a golf ball in her heart, which they believe was the cause of her stroke. They also found a small hole in her heart. The cause of her stroke is important and good to know so they can work hard to prevent subsequent strokes. Of course it's never good to have a tumor in one's heart, or a hole. Possible open heart surgery--after she begins to heal
and recover from the stroke and it's effects--is difficult, with various complications involved--but we are hopeful. They also discovered that one of her carotid arteries is partially blocked. No dates for her possible heart surgery are known at this time and we would only be speculating to even guess.

The neurologist met with Nick Monday morning and shared that the road of recovery will be long for Michelle being that she has suffered a significant stroke.  He also shared that it is beneficial that Michelle is young, in good health, is determined and has a great support group of family and friends (and our great God!) all of which will aid in her recovery process.  Michelle has been somewhat more responsive Monday, although the stroke has affected areas of speech.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!