5:30 pm Eastern 11/18 UPDATE FROM ANISSA’S HUSBAND
Neurosurgeon just stopped in.
We talked about the second bleed.
I mentioned in the past 30 minutes her movement had picked up:
- she was searching natalie’s hand for a ring we think
- she was moving her left leg and arm more deliberately
- she was having some facial expressions
So, he rubbed her sternum and said her name loud. She tried to open her eyes! Did it again, and the eyes opened wider. She keeps trying to reach the tubes and such.
KEEP PRAYING PLEASE!
4:36pm Eastern 11/18 UPDATE FROM ANISSA’S HUSBAND
Not much change. Second bleed was not good. I brought the kids up.
She responded slightly, then a lot of movement 20 minutes after they left.
She’s fighting and has reached for me. Hard to say the reason, but she stops when contact is made.
Feeding tube is in.
1:37 pm Eastern 11/18 UPDATE FROM ANISSA’S HUSBAND:
She’s had more bleeding in the left thalamus.
She has bled into the spinal fluid.
Also has more swelling and has become less responsive.
12 pm Eastern 11/18 UPDATE FROM ANISSA’S HUSBAND:
What we know is she had a massive stroke.
She bled into the brainstem and pons areas of the brain. She is no longer sedated but still unconcious and unresponsive. Vitals are mostly stable except for a lowgrade fever most likely due to the damage to the pons. The pons control the bodies ability to regulate temperature. She is still on a vent and it is unclear if she is capable of breathing on her own. She has had an mri/mra/ct today. An eeg is pending. We’re in a waiting game now for survival first, and ultimately for her to wake up.
Yesterday Anissa Mayhew, our friend and the founder of Aiming Low, had a stroke. You have probably already heard. So many people know and love her.
She is with her husband right now in an Atlanta hospital. She squeezed his hand last night as he talked on the phone with her sister. That’s all we know.
I don’t know what to say, really. I first met her at a March of Dimes walk for Maddie and saw more of her at BlogHer ’09 in Chicago. I am touched by how she makes me feel so special to be part of the Aiming Low team. She radiates all good things. She is the awesome.
It seems the entire interworld has been touched in some way by this awesome, amazing lady and everyone is rallying together to do what we can.
I can think of nothing else and just pray that her spirit just fights her way out of that hospital bed and she gets back to the business of being Anissa. Like, right now!
She’s done it before. Come on, Anissa! We all need you.
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