THE DATE – Everything moves slow – until it doesn’t!

THE DATE – Everything moves slow – until it doesn’t!

Just a couple of weeks ago,  I shared the details with you about Judy’s 2nd brain aneurism.    Both Judy and I appreciated everyone’s kind words and thoughts and I can assure you that they are helpful in situations like this when you are trying to get your thoughts in the right place.   I committed to keep everyone update, so here is the latest….

After much anticipation, anxiousness and meetings with the doctors we now have a firm date for Judy’s  “Intervention Surgery”. Tuesday June 20th.   We met with the Neuro-radiology surgeon yesterday Dr. Daniela Iancu.    Both Judy and I left the hospital with a very good feeling that Judy would be in good hands and get nothing but the best results.     We have one more visit with the anesthesiologist on Monday the 19th, and then a good nights sleep at home in her own bed and Judy will be ready for a 6:30 am check in at The Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus).

It is expected that Judy will only be hospitalized for 48 hours (amazing!) and then home for some recovery time.  I will get to hone an practice my nursing skills again – let’s hope for a cooperative patient.    Given our experience from the last aneurism (that one was a burst), and suggestions from the docs,  the recovery should be in the 2 week +/- range, but then Judy will be on some heavy blood thinners for 3 months to ensure that clotting doesn’t happen as a result of the new device – a stent or a flow diverter.

The doctor will make the final decision as to the procedure to use based on views from an angiogram that will be done with the surgery.   The 2 options are:

  1. Stent Assisted Coiling
  2. Flow Diverter

Follow up will include regular doctor visits initially and then in 3 months time another angiogram to ensure that everything is in place and no clotting is occurring because of the inserted stent, coil or flow diverter.

My next update will follow after Surgery on the 20th.




  • John Synnott
    Posted at 16:56h, 15 June Reply

    Hi Judy and Ken, Heather and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time.

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 18:22h, 15 June Reply

      Thanks John & Heather – appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you sometime soon.

  • Jo-Anne Alzner
    Posted at 19:37h, 15 June Reply

    Judy and Ken, I will hold you all in my prayers and send positive thoughts your way.

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 20:03h, 15 June Reply

      Thank you Jo-Anne. Much appreciated.

  • Jane
    Posted at 20:50h, 15 June Reply

    Ken and Judy – so appreciate the update and the evident confidence you have in the next steps – which always makes it easier for sure. Know that my thoughts, well wishes and prayers will be with you next week and through your recovery!! Jane

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 21:03h, 15 June Reply

      Jane, thank you….the confidence comes a lot from the support of those with us….you were a big part of the last process for sure.

  • Mary Pat Moore
    Posted at 21:59h, 15 June Reply

    Dear Ken,

    Thank you for your bravery in dealing with Judy’s significant health issues.

    You two are confronting Judy’s health issues in such a competent and compassionate way.

    All the best on Tuesday,
    Mary Pat

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 00:48h, 16 June Reply

      Mary Pat, you know too well the how of dealing with health issues. Thanks for you comments and support.

  • Sue Maloney
    Posted at 00:03h, 16 June Reply

    Your in my prayers.

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 00:47h, 16 June Reply

      Appreciate that Sue.

  • Eileen Vaughan
    Posted at 00:28h, 16 June Reply

    Will be thinking & praying for you all on the 20th. ????

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 00:47h, 16 June Reply

      Thank You Eileen.

  • Cathy
    Posted at 13:34h, 16 June Reply

    Bill and I have you and Judy in our thoughts while you prepare for Tuesday, looking forward to the positive next update ! xo

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 14:14h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you Cathy – positive updates to come!

  • Jean laflamme
    Posted at 13:45h, 16 June Reply

    Ken and Judy, thank you for taking the time to write this update. Sounds like you have an awesome medical team to make this surgery a success. Of course , Ken will be outstanding as the recovery coach. We all know his stellar abilities there. Looking forwards to the next update. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 14:13h, 16 June Reply

      Jean, thanks for your kind words. I like ‘recovery coach’ vs ‘nurse ratched’. We will keep everyone posted after surgery and throughout recovery.

  • Christine
    Posted at 02:50h, 17 June Reply

    Prayers for everything to go as planned and for a speedy recovery! Hugs! ❤️

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 12:04h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you Christine, we are looking forward to Tuesday to get this behind us. Will keep you updated.

  • Jennifer and Gord Dancey
    Posted at 12:05h, 17 June Reply

    We appreciate you sending an update and send Judy and yourself our prayers and love. Please keep us updated. Thinking of you both.

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 12:09h, 17 June Reply

      Thank you both, hope all is well with you.

  • Richard Quesnel
    Posted at 21:38h, 18 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing this moment of your life. Marie-Claude and I are thinking about you and sending our best wishes for a prompt recovery.

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 19:07h, 19 June Reply

      Richard thanks for this note. We appreciate you and Marie-Claude’s thoughts during this surgery. We will keep everyone updated via this BLOG.

  • Sandra Zanetti
    Posted at 00:57h, 20 June Reply

    Stay strong
    I will keep you all in my prayers
    Good Luck

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 21:42h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you Sandra.

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