An Angel in Scrubs

Please excuse the double post. For one, Blessed are the Merciful, did not post on feeds.

For two, the surgery hasn’t happened yet. Yes, we have been waiting all day.

I do want to explain more clearly. Yesterday morning, we got a call that Jason’s mom, Sue, got a sudden splitting headache with nausea and vomiting. It hurt so bad, she asked her husband to take her to the ER. This amazing woman would not even go to the Doctor for a major spider bite until a week later, when come to find out, it was a BLACK WIDOW. To say she is tough is an understatement. For her to REQUEST emergency service? Very bad and we knew it.

They found a brain hemorrhage. A big one. Ten to twelve centimeters on the right side of her head. She did not lose any feeling or movement in her arms, legs, and fingers. She is very aware of where she is, who she is, and what is going on. They did have to drain the pressure off the brain yesterday with a tube. She has a nice new haircut for the wedding and will have an even prettier one when they do brain surgery to fix the hemorrhage.

That is where the tricky part comes in. She was born without a crossover vein. One major artery feeds the left brain. One feeds the right. Nothing in the middle. The surgery is VERY difficult. One false snip and she is brain dead on the right side. The staff at XYZ hospital assured us, they could do such a delicate surgery no problem. They assured us, she was in capable hands. Did I mention they seemed a little TOO happy? Reminding me of Grey’s, but I digress.

XYZ RN’s were needing reminders of her bed angle for her drain. They had to take blood three times, because the machine didn’t read it right (huh?). Let’s just say, our confidence was not boosted.

This morning when they did the mapping for her brain and the surgery, everything seemed well. The surgery staff meet Jason, the husband, and other brothers. All seemed capable and confident – ahem, eager. It can be a good sign. Then the anesthesiologist stepped up to meet with them. Alone. He looked them in the eye and said, “Don’t do this here.”

Imagine the crumbling foundation as this news took hold. Sue was in pre-op. Ready to go. He told them his mother had this same thing happen three months ago. He gave them the name of top neurological surgeon who does these day in and day out. He also shared that the Doctor doing the surgery at XYZ hospital had only done THIS tricky type of surgery FOUR months ago. He was not seasoned, nor regular at it. Neither was the staff.


They could not in good conscience go through with it at that point, without first trying to find this neuro doc. Since XYZ hospital could not list the name of the hospital he worked at, the family had to find out for themselves (darn, you red hospital tape). Then…..see who would admit her, if a bed was available, and if the surgeon would do it. All right away, since the time bomb in her head is ticking. It was a waiting game for the insane.

Finally, this afternoon the transfer went through. We can breathe a little easier and KNOW she is going to get the BEST neuro care possible. I feel better about it already. Even more so, I know our prayers for guidance are being answered as this came down to the wire – literally.

An Angel in scrubs showed us the way. It also happens to be the hospital Jason supports in his IT field. Coincidence?

Our wedding is the least of our concern right now. Yes it will happen on Oct. 10th. God willing Sue will be there with a pretty pink head bandage, wheeled down the aisle by her sons.

My dear friends at work are already stepping up into her very large shoes. She was doing 90% of the wedding. In fact, I talked to her the night before about wedding stuff. She couldn’t wait and loved planning it. Knowing her, she is simply NOT going to miss it.

Keep praying my friends. We thank you with all our hearts. The surgery will be tonight or tomorrow morning.

22 thoughts on “An Angel in Scrubs

  1. Oh my GOD!!! That is so amazing. Thank goodness for that anesthesiologist! I can not imagine how hard that was to do- and how many repercussions it will have on him from his co-workers. But my goodness did he do the right thing!

    I pray that if my family was in a similar situation- someone would tell us the hard truth like that too.

    My prayers are with you guys- and with your mom in law. If I can do anything to help with wedding plans please let me know. TRULY!! I know we have never met, but I’ve decided we are friends:) So if I can help- let me know. Hugs.


  2. Thank goodness for the honesty of the anethesiologist. It’s rare to find in a field where he could be stripped of hospital privelages for speaking out. But thank goodness he did and gave you the direction you needed. Now she will get the care she deserves.

    Fingers still crossed that all goes well and for a speedy recovery. I know miracles happen. My thoughts are with you throughout.



  3. Oh girl, I feel so much for you and Jason and his siblings. This is such a scary situation. I definitely will pray for her. I think there has been set an angel for here in motion. All my thoughts are with you. Take care!!


  4. Frances

    Oh Angelia! I am so glad someone advised you all! My daddy had major surgery several years ago. Someone advised us not to do it ….. another doctor at the hospital. Daddy didn’t want to go anywhere else and felt comfortable staying. The surgery went fine…..but daddy died a couple of weeks after because of a procedure the doctors did that in hind sight we found out should never have been done following his surgery. Anyway, all that is to say…..I am so thankful you all listened and went somewhere that does the type of surgery she needs on a regular basis! There is no substitute for experience!
    Praying for all of you!


  5. I am so happy to hear that he had the guts to step up and steer you all in the right direction, She and the rest of you are in our prayers, she will be fine and wearing a pretty pink head bandage at your wedding I can see it now.


  6. Thank goodness he was willing to be direct and tell you all the truth. He should be applauded for it. I hope the surgery goes well. Prayers going up in GA.
    {{{{Angelia, Jason, & Sue}}}}


  7. Oh my goodness, Angelia, I am holding you, Jason and your families close to my heart right now. I’m so glad that the anesthesiologist was honest with you and that you found your way to the better doctor. I pray that the surgery goes smoothly.

    Keep us updated….


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