Good news. Dr. Spetzler has agreed to treat Jim. His consultation is March 16. Pre-op test on the 17th. Surgery on the 18th. Insurance is being worked out.
We did not go to CA. We sent our younger son, David, who stayed at Jim's very tiny apt. We will be going to AZ March 15. It's been a grueling few weeks emotionally and physically and I still haven't really slept well since it all started. Jim is stilll in pain and the doctor said he won't know till after the surgery whether it's the aneurysm causing the pain or something else. He is unable to work, unable to drive but is functioning with the help of friends.
Thank you all for your support, especially your prayers. Brain surgery is very high risk, and Jim's situation is serious. There are probably only a few neurosurgeons in the world who would even attempt it, and Dr. Spetzler is one of those. We are hopeful for good results and feel very fortunate that Jim was able to be scheduled so quickly.