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Another CJ Update

January 6, 2016

A recent angiogram showed that our son CJ did in fact sufferer from a brain aneurysm on December 26th. It doubled in size the week he was in the intensive care unit, making it possible for doctors  to see what was previously invisible.

 

A decision had to be made as to how to treat it, either by entering the brain through the femoral artery in the groin (an angiogram) or open brain surgery. Because CJ was experiencing brain spasms, it was deemed too dangerous to perform brain surgery at this time so the angiogram procedure was used to insert metal coils into the aneurysm to stabilize it and prevent further bleeds. These coils are about as thick as a single human hair, yet the doctors believe they were successful at neutralizing the threat of future bleeding. We were told the procedure was so successful that there's a small possibility CJ won't need further surgery, and of course his mother and I are hanging our hope on that outcome while preparing ourselves for more surgery. He'll remain in the hospital for many more days but there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel, provided more surgery isn't necessary. To date, CJ has lost no mental or physical ability. We've been reassured that a positive outcome is extremely likely, and we take comfort in the knowledge that CJ is being treated by experts and receiving the finest care. As a matter of fact, CJ is now conscious enough to be grumpy, which is totally understandable considering all he's gone through.

 

Mrs. Chatterbox and I are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we've received on CJ's behalf. Thanks so much, and I look forward to the time when I'm not living at the hospital so I can return to reading your posts. Take care, and thanks again.



Comments

38 Comments
Continued great news! Sounds like a crack medical team. One day at a time.... :)
By: Scott Park on January 6, 2016
That is great news and I wish him a very speedy recovery. I know he has to tread lightly right now but it sounds like he's doing quite well. My prayers go out to you and your wife and your son! We do miss you here but being a Dad comes first and foremost!
By: Bouncin Barb on January 6, 2016
I think great doctors are more responsible for his improvement than prayers, but I will keep throwing in a few prayers anyway. Keep us posted, we care
By: cranky on January 6, 2016
Always so good to hear such great news!
By: John on January 6, 2016
Much good news, Steve. Keeping you all in my prayers and that CJ will get out of hospital soon.
By: Linda on January 6, 2016
This is good news and much needed for 3 Kings day which is today:) I guess he decided to do his own version of the 12 days of Christmas. I am so happy to hear the news and still sending prayers and thoughts to you, your wife, your son and the rest of the family
By: Birgit on January 6, 2016
Grumpy is good - he can have a nice chat with his grandmother :)
By: The Bug on January 6, 2016
Oh my. I'm so happy that CJ is doing well with this. An aneurysm is so serious. You will be in my thoughts, my friend. I hope to reconnect with you when I plan to visit Portland in May.
By: Michael Offutt on January 6, 2016
No damage and no further bleeding - what a blessing! Continued prayers for his recovery.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 6, 2016
I can appreciate CJ's grumpy state... hospital food. :) What CJ's needs are some cute nurses for additional inspiration. ;-) God speed.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 6, 2016
Great news! Sending prayers and positive thoughts. :)
By: Rita on January 6, 2016
Good news, indeed. Will continue to pray for the best
By: Uncle Skip on January 6, 2016
Chatterbox, I am so sorry to hear about your son's health issues. Because of my continued (hope to do better) absence from the computer, I am just now reading about it. I am sending positive thoughts and hopes for a speedy recovery for him. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
By: Cheryl P. on January 6, 2016
I am rooting for him, and for you. I'm so glad your hospital is a good one and it's really wonderful that there does not seem to be any loss of function.
By: Jenny Woolf on January 6, 2016
Wow! I'm so glad for the good news.
By: Snowbrush on January 6, 2016
so grateful they 1) found the source of the bleed and 2) could treat it and 3) the prognosis sounds so promising! continued prayers for his recovery!
By: TexWisGirl on January 6, 2016
My thoughts & prayers are continuing to go your way!!
By: fishducky on January 6, 2016
Well, the news sounds hopeful, and it's good that they found something specific to treat. There's nothing worse than never knowing what caused something like that. Will keep sending positive thoughts your way.
By: Botanist on January 6, 2016
I wouldn't want open brain surgery. The idea of that freaks me out. But I hope he's on the road to recovery now.
By: PT Dilloway on January 6, 2016
oh my goodness- amazing medical care- so wonderful to read about it. CJ is obviously in the right place and getting the best care- an incredibly wonderful blog post to read. We are all pulling for CJ and you and Mrs C. Take care of each other and do get some rest. Big Bear hugs to all .
By: Kathe W. on January 6, 2016
What great news! I certainly hope that the doctors are right about not needing any more surgeries and that your son continues to improve. :)
By: Lexa Cain on January 6, 2016
Thank you for keeping up posted. We are happy the report is positive and that he's under such expert care. Take care of yourself and Mrs. Chatterbox. You all remain in our prayers and thoughts.
By: Tom Cochrun on January 6, 2016
Continuing to pray, thanks for the update.
By: messymimi on January 6, 2016
I am so very glad that CJ's condition is improving. Thank you for thinking of us, and for keeping us informed
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on January 6, 2016
What a relief that the doctors found the cause and know how to treat it! I will continue to keep CJ in my thoughts to continue his recovery at a pace that's right for him. You and Mrs. C need to take care of yourselves, too.
By: Val on January 6, 2016
Wonderful news! Thanks for the update. It seems CJ has "being a grumpy tough cookie" in common with his grandmother. Here's hoping for no more surgery, too!
By: Pixel Peeper on January 6, 2016
there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel and my prayers are with you, mrs c and of course cj.
By: fran on January 6, 2016
It's good to get this update. All of you hang in there. It sounds like the medical professionals are doing a good job.
By: jenny_o on January 6, 2016
I agree with TexWisGirl and my prayers continue for continued healing Stephen!
By: Michael Manning on January 6, 2016
Knowing what you are dealing with makes the proper treatment possible. Continued prayers and hugs to you all. Hope that he is home soon and his arecovery is complete..
By: Arkansas Patti on January 7, 2016
As my youngest stepdaughter always says: Blessed be. I'm not sure what that means but I think maybe it could help CJ at this time. I put my stock in modern medicine rather than the supernatural but whatever helps him it's a good thing. Great news.
By: Catalyst on January 7, 2016
Hey buddy. Take care of your family. We'll all be here when you return. I can't imagine how scary this must be for you, your wife, and CJ. Take care of yourself.
By: Rick Watson on January 8, 2016
I'm so pleased there is good news. What a scary situation for all of you. Doctors work miracles nowadays don't they?
By: LL Cool Joe on January 9, 2016
so glad to hear this news.
By: ellen abbott on January 9, 2016
Excellent news. That's an astonishing procedure, and I'm glad it's available to help your son!
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on January 9, 2016
I hate to hear this, but am happy to hear that he seems to be responding so well to the treatments. I'll keep him in my prayers.
By: Brett Minor (Transformed Nonconformist) on January 9, 2016
Hugs to you both, and good thoughts for CJ!!!
By: Cat on January 10, 2016
Praying! I am sorry to hear this news, but relieved that the treatment has worked so well. {{hugs}} to all.
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on January 11, 2016

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