Thursday, October 27, 2011


I've had a few people ask me about what exactly an aneurysm is and what causes them so i'm going to share what I have learned so far:

An aneurysm is a weak area in the wall of a blood vesel that causes the blood vessel to bulge or balloon out. When an aneurysm occurs in a blood vessel of the brain, it is called a cerebral aneurysm.

Causes and risk factors for aneurysms are a severe head injury, smoking, high blood pressure, family history and sometimes, but rarely you can be born with a defect. Then there is the spontaneous (basically unlucky) group that have no risk factors, but have an aneurysm which is the catagory Billy falls into. About 5% of the population have aneurysms and never know it because you only show signs if it ruptures.

So If someone has an aneurysm and it ruptures many people die quickly unless it clots or their able to get into surgery asap. Thankfully Billy's rupture clotted very quickly and the reason we know this is 1. he's alive 2. within 15 minutes of the first severe head pain he felt, he passed his neuro exam 100% 3. his hearing came back and 4. his blood pressure was normal. These were also all of the reasons we waited to go to the ER. I believe with all my heart Heaven Father was watching over Billy and our family.

So hopefully this helps some of you understand more about aneurysms.


  1. Lindsey........... I just read your blog and we are so sorry for all that you guys are going through. Wish I could be there to lighten the burden a little. However, know that you are all in our prayers. What a wonderful family you have. I love your wonderful perspective! Always such a great example !

  2. Thanks for the update. We'll keep praying for Billy!