Turns out that yesterday was the consult with the cardiac surgeon and not the actual angiogram/angioplasty. The situation is much much worse than we imagined.
There are three arteries that feed the stomach, intestines and bowels. Two of those 3 are nearly completely occluded (blocked). The 3rd (and largest) is "very narrow."
On Tuesday they will be doing the angioplasty and trying to put a stent in the blocked artery. The problem is that this artery branches off of another artery with a very tight turn, which makes getting the stent into the blocked artery more difficult. If they cannot place the stent they will have to do a bypass surgery for that artery.
Unfortunately, that was not the only problem that the cardiac surgeon found. He listened to several arteries and heard a noise that indicated a possible blockage in the carotid artery. He immediately had his staff do a sonogram on my mom's carotid artery (feeds blood to the brain) and found a 70% to 80% blockage. This means she is at a increased risk of a stroke.
The cardiac surgeon said that it is a good thing that Dr. Alexander had the brainstorm to have the CAT scan done because my mom "didn't have a lot of time" with these blockages.
So if you can - please keep praying for my mom and her doctors.
If it isn't too selfish to ask, could you also say a small prayer for me. I have a lot of things going on right now. Bree's Christmas show is coming up and I have to finish making the costumes for her 1st group (4 toy soldiers) and I have to make the costume for her 2nd group. In addition to getting her to rehearsals. My mom is insisting on doing a "real Thanksgiving" this year (which means I have to cook it). There's school (of course). And then all of the health stuff with my mom. I'm feeling a bit frazzled.