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Please pray for Brandon who is undergoing tests in preparation for brain surgery

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Lord have mercy on Brandon, and grant him health and salvation.
 

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St. Pantaleimon, pray for us.
 

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Lord, have mercy.  St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco pray for him.
 

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Thanks Maria for posting and thanks to all prayers.

It was a PET scan of the brain and functional MRI which you can google better than I can explain. The tests will all determine if I am a candidate for surgery. For brain surgery the seizures have to be localised or based in an operable part of the brain from what I understand. Some parts are too risky because they are more related to important functions, while others are not. I do not know the results yet but will be seeing my doctor next month.

Pray for all the staff at University of Kentucky Healthcare, especially Dr. Kapoor, my neurologist; Rachel Ward, the nurse coordinator; and all the specialists involved in my case.
 

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Continued prayers. Lord, have mercy.
 

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Lord, have mercy on Brandon.

St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, pray to God for Brandon.
 

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Surgery is looking like less of an option, though bless my doctor he is still considering it. Pray that I can get it or at least a neurostimulator, which you can Google better than I can explain here. If I may here I made a video of my having a seizure for the education and aid of others, The information about it is in the dropbox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAJ5BFPeJmM&list=UUbNETVKJI9xv7FrqPZsQClg


Remember me and all who suffer from this illness that they may find comfort in it, or at least draw good from it if God wishes it to remain.


EDIT: I am sure if people have any questions about what is happening we can start a proper thread if there is interest. I am listening to the MP3 of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" so the whole subject might be interest in light of that. Just wanted to add that given this is the prayer forum and there might be a temptation to ask questions to the ire of the mods. :)
 

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wainscottbl said:
Surgery is looking like less of an option, though bless my doctor he is still considering it. Pray that I can get it or at least a neurostimulator, which you can Google better than I can explain here. If I may here I made a video of my having a seizure for the education and aid of others, The information about it is in the dropbox.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAJ5BFPeJmM&list=UUbNETVKJI9xv7FrqPZsQClg


Remember me and all who suffer from this illness that they may find comfort in it, or at least draw good from it if God wishes it to remain.


EDIT: I am sure if people have any questions about what is happening we can start a proper thread if there is interest. I am listening to the MP3 of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" so the whole subject might be interest in light of that. Just wanted to add that given this is the prayer forum and there might be a temptation to ask questions to the ire of the mods. :)
Lord have mercy. Thanks for the update.
 

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Lord, have mercy on your servant Brandon.
 

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Update:

Had neuropsychological testing today. The seizures are clearly focalised in the temporal lobe and parietal lobe, a large area near the back. This area of the brain deals with memory and language. The EEG shows this and the neuropsychological makes this even more clear. I have trouble connecting objects to words for example, even words I obviously knew. So here is a model of the brain:



Mine seems to be in a large area which makes cutting into the brain harder, so the better option seems to be

1. A VNS decide, placed in the upper chest with a cord running up to a nerve in the neck, the vagus nerve.This nerve goes to the brain. Like a pacemaker this sends a "shock" to the brain via the nerve ever so often--progammed according to the person's needs. See:

http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns

2. The other is another surgically placed device, but in the brain.

http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/devices/responsive-neurostimulation

 

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St. Luke and St. Pantaleimon, pray for us.
 

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Lord Holy God, please have mercy on Brandon. 

Holy Theotokos, please remember Brandon in Your most holy prayers. 

 

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Thanks for prayers. It seems God is indeed merciful thanks to your prayers. For the last couple days I have been seizure free. May God continue to be merciful!
 
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