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Today was the day of surgery.   A bit of a restless night with a 4:45 wake up. We arrived at the hospital at 6:00 am and once the pre-op prep was done Judy was taken into the Angio Surgery room a little before 8:00.

About 9:30 I got a call from Dr. Iancu  “can you come down to the Angio Theatre?”   When she did the angiogram she found that the aneurism was different looking than what they expected, it was irregular in its shape making it a little more difficult to coil but also the irregularity made it more at risk than the initially thought.

They knew that it was Judy’s preference to have this fixed using the endovascular method but in the end it might be necessary to change gears and do the clipping procedure which would mean a craniotomy. They didn’t want to bring Judy out of the general anasetic And discuss the options with her; so now what do I do?

Dr. Iancu had called the neurosurgeon in to ensure I was fully aware of the facts. The processes, the risks, the plan and the desired outcome.  I was introduced to this doctor. Here is where karma comes into play –

When Judy 1st learned of the 2nd aneurism there was many delays in getting in front of someone to answer many questions, explain how it could happen (identified 2 years ago but nobody told us ) and put a plan in place to address the anexiety of living with this identified aneurism that Judy referred to as a potential ticking time bomb.

A friend of ours (Sheri Creese) knew Dr.Sinclair (a neighbour).  She made the connection for us.   Dr Sinclair was able to get things rolling  and got us back in the queue with the other neurosurgeons at The Ottawa Hospital.    We were disappointed that Dr. Sinclair was not going to be involved more, but were grateful that this connection got things happening.

Well today, this neurosurgeon who was called in by the neuroradiologist was none other than Dr. Sinclair.     I knew then that it was OK to give the green light to have them do the ‘Clipping Method’ via a craniotomy if that was the best option.

So we start the 4 hour wait (expected surgery time) again.

At 12:00 Dr. Iancu came out and explained that she had to abort the procedure.   She attempted to do the coiling, but was not satisfied that it would be secure enough to stay where it was supposed to stay.   The flow diverter became not an option as the aneurism was too close to the another branch of the artery.    She also decided that turning it over to a neurosurgeon was not a good option at this time because Judy had been on blood thinners for the last 5 days and surgery while on blood thinners was potentially increasing the risk.

It was decided to do nothing – today.    Take Judy’s case back to a panel in doctors in neurosurgery and present options and possible plans based on this new found information from today’s angiogram.    The panel will meet in mid July and we will be updated soon after that.   So we wait again.   But I do think it was the right decision made in Judy’s best interest today.

Judy spent the next 5 hours in recovery, recovering from a plug in the angio incision in the groin, the affects of a general anesthetic, the weakness of being on a high powered blood thinner and in general just feeling hit by a truck, not to mention the let down of coming out of the anesthetic and learning that nothing was done.   We are home now and will take it easy for the next few days / perhaps a week and then – Reset – stay tuned.

28 Comments
  • Jane
    June 20, 2017

    Wow – what a day – an emotional roller coaster for all I’m sure! Sounds like the best outcome given the circumstances……today! Wishing Judy a speedy recovery and thinking of you Ken.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thank you Jane, I’ve learned that it’s tough to make meaning while on these roller coasters, but when they stop and you look back, clarity is not too far off. I appreciate you connectedness and comments.

  • Cindy Sutton
    June 20, 2017

    Ken,
    Oh my God, sent shivers up my spine reading your every word.
    So sorry surgery didn’t go as planned today. Seems to me all doctors are on board and Judy is in great hands.
    Please give her a hug from Ross and I .❤️
    Xo

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thank you Cindy for you comments, I’ve passed them on to Judy and they are much appreciated.

  • Charlene
    June 20, 2017

    Oh Ken and Judy! I am so sorry you are going through this. What an emotional day and time for you – so many ups and downs. Keep the faith – it wasn’t meant to happen today but when it finally does it will be a success! Hugs to you both.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Charlene, it was an emotional day, and as much as we try to keep the emotion out of it, it’s tough to do. We are now looking to the future and awaiting possible next steps.

  • Jo-Anne Alzner
    June 20, 2017

    Best to wait and be sure than take a chance. The doctors seem to know what they are doing – finally. I am so sorry you are both going through this.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thank you Jo-Anne, Judy appreciates your connection and comments.

  • John Synnott
    June 20, 2017

    Very disappointing that they couldn’t do the surgery today as planned but it sounds like it was the right decision to make given the circumstances. Hopefully they can move quickly after the panel meets in July to go forward with the best surgical option. Give our best to Judy and take care.

    • Gord and jennifer
      June 21, 2017

      Hang in there Judy and Ken. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep us informed.
      God bless Gord and Jennifer ❤️

      • Ken Alger
        June 21, 2017

        Thank you both, for staying connected and concerned.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thanks John, I will be following up to make sure I know when the next panel date is – just to set expectations for myself if nothing else.

  • Darren
    June 21, 2017

    Ken and Judy,

    I believe everything happens for a reason. I strongly believe everything will turn out amazing. It appears you are in great hands and a great panel of Doctors.

    Thoughts and preyers are with you and Judy.

    Take care

    Darren and Tammy.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thanks Darren and Tammy, you’re right everything happens for a reason – sometime the reasons appeared blurred initially but over time they come into focus and we move on – stronger, smarter and better for it.

  • Nancy parker
    June 21, 2017

    Please let Judy know I’m thinking about her.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Nancy, I did and for sure Judy appreciates it your thoughts.

  • Jean laflamme
    June 21, 2017

    Sounds like the best outcome given the circumstances. But “holly crap” what a day. Thanks for the update, the very best to both of you and your close ones. Sending tons of positive thoughts your way.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Yes, Jean these interesting days just make you stronger. You don’t realize it at the time, but upon reflection it all makes sense.

  • Christine
    June 21, 2017

    What a day! Sounds like you have some very good doctors here keeping you up to date along the way and not taking any risks. Prayers Judy is up and about soon!

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thank you Christine. We appreciate everyone’s care and concern and do gain strength from all of it.

  • Trudy Alger
    June 21, 2017

    Thinking of you both….you clearly are both very strong people. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you both and hopefully you will get some answers sooner than later. Thanks for the update.

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thanks Trudy, we are awaiting answers for sure although we did think we had those answers once – we look at yesterday as not a set back, but a step back to ensure that the right thing is done and done properly.

  • Ted Mertl
    June 21, 2017

    Ken and Judy, our thoughts are with you. Rest assured that you have the very best working on your case. I hope that you both can relax over the next couple of weeks as you await next steps.

    Ted and Kelly

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Ted and Kelly, thank you, we do believe that we have an amazing health care team at the TOH and look at yesterday as just an indication of just how good they are.

  • Diane Harrison
    June 21, 2017

    You both, had a very long and stressful day. Even though it must have been disappointing the surgery couldn’t be completed, it sounds like the best decision was made.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Thanks for the update, and try to find some peace and rest in the next little while.

    Peter and Diane

    • Ken Alger
      June 21, 2017

      Thanks Diane and Peter, we are hoping for some rest and peace of mind over the new while before getting our heads into possible next steps. We appreciate your thoughts.

  • Kim (LeVon) Squires
    June 23, 2017

    Ken, I knew when you and Judy were married that she and you were so lucky to have found each other. Thank you so much for loving and caring for Judy. As you know…better than anyone, she is soooo precious! All my positive thoughts are focused on you two and your family. Love, Kim xo

    • Ken Alger
      June 23, 2017

      Thank you Kim – there is a feel good thing that happens when you can do things for someone that make a difference. I’ll continue to do my best to look after her, when she needs it – she’s pretty good on her own though!!!

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