After her fair share of CT scans of her brain and heart, MRI's of her brain and heart, a Trans-esophageal Echo Cardiogram of her heart, it was reveled that the likely cause of her stroke was from a Myxoma found in her Left Ventricle. A Myxoma is a benign tumor of connective tissue containing mucous or gelatinous material. Cardiac Myxomas located in the left ventricular are very rare and can present unusual diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. They may cause obstructions which may also lead to complications such as pulmonary embolism, strokes, and sudden death. We were very lucky that they finally diagnosed her, as she also had a lesser stroke incident 3 1/2 year ago where the Myxoma wasn't detected at that time.
She has been placed on various forms and levels of Blood Thinners as they are trying to stabilize this tumor until her Stroke Team and Cardiothoracics Surgeons can decide on a surgical date. She will require Open Heart Surgery to remove this tumor and this is the surgical procedure we now await.
Her physical and occupational therapy have been going great. She has regained use of her left arm, though it's a little slower and weaker than her right, but she can move and lift it over head now where a month ago, she couldn't move it all. She is strong and young and all the Doctors say she has this going for her in quick and speedy recovery.
During this time, she is off work on Medical Disability and her medical bills are beginning to come in. We don't even know what the Open Heart Surgery procedure and stay will run, but she does have Health insurance with a high deductible and out of pockets cost that still must be met. Because of this we are looking for anything you can give to help her with her medical expenses upcoming and ongoing.
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