I've been back from the appointment with my vascular surgeon for a couple of hours. I've had time to digest a reality that's part of me. My carotid arteries are hardening, one totally and the other partially.
My surgeon said the doppler taken yesterday showed that my left carotid is still completely blocked and always will be. My right was described by the doppler techs as less than 50 percent. But Dr. Controneo said after watching the video he would estimate the flow as being 20 to 30 percent restricted.
What does this mean? I'll be taking a blood thinner for the rest of my life unless the blockage becomes greater. They would then put in a stent to clear out the blockage on the right side.
My life goes back to a new normal which will be shaped by my appointment with a neurologist on Monday to check if my brain tumor--a menginoma--has taken on a new twist or if I have Parkinson's as a couple of healthcare providers have suggested as a possibility.
Meanwhile, I'm getting ready to walk outside with my wife. It's a beautiful Michigan spring day and I need to stay active more than ever.
What's next? I have no idea, other than I need to keep praying and listening for God and his promise to protect and walk beside me. Maybe I'll sing a little louder in church this weekend.
I have reason to. He Is Risen!