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Colleen last won the day on May 20 2016

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About Colleen

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  1. Finally - 5 Years

    So good to hear from you Iola and congrats on the 5 year anniversary! You've made great strides along the way. Moving on to the ten year mark myself and you are very correct- we are never the same as we were before. However, the BTG site is excellent proof that we adapt brilliantly. You go, girl!
  2. Feeling rough again

    Hi Stephen, As all have said, you don't just get over an SAH like you would a bout with flu. I'm wondering if perhaps you started feeling better and then started doing more, perhaps having a set back. I know it's frustrating, but you really must allow time for healing. Stamina takes a long time to come back around and fatigue often results in headache. As others have said, see your dr about symptoms that concern you. Best wishes, Colleen
  3. Hi Darcy, I'm sorry to hear about your husband. As others have said, it takes time for the blood to break down as it has nowhere to go. The way it was explained to me is that it is like a bruise; the blood has to degrade, but while it is present it is an irritant to the brain tissue. And I know when I had the headaches, I often felt nauseous. My dr actually suggested if I normally drank coffee to go ahead and drink it since caffeine withdrawal could aggravate the headaches. That said, I drank a lot of water and herbal teas after I came home. It will take awhile but hopefully he'll feel better soon. Colleen
  4. Fourteen Years Later

    Well I'm a bit late to this party, but I do congratulate you on your accomplishments and joyous attitude. ( and I too would love a cleaner). May you have many more journeys and adventures. Happy Trails! Colleen
  5. 5 years

    Congrats, Casey and so happy to hear your recovery has been so outstanding.. Always uplifting to hear when others are doing well! love, Colleen
  6. November 1 marked the nine year mark for me! I meant to post that day, but between newish responsibilities at work and a newish wild and crazy dog that gets me up way too early for walking, I have a hard time keeping my eyes open at night. I got to celebrate the day with a 4 hour conference call in the morning and a 1.5 hour meeting in the afternoon, which I had to spend an hour driving to and from! So I guess you can see I've recovered fairly well. Even so, I still find great comfort in the posts that remind me my lingering sensations and memory issues aren't just my imagination. While I dont post as often I inwardly celebrate all your victories large and small and sympathize and pray over set- backs and hardships. I am very thankful to have this family to come to. Much love to you all, Colleen
  7. Hi Sairah, I too had a craniotomy for clipping aneurysms and went through the whole crawly, itchy head thing. You must remember when they did the surgery they had to pull the scalp back to some degree, disrupting vessels and nerves. The creepy crawly sensations are from the healing, much like an incision will itch as it heals. Fortunately, I was told to expect that. It can go on for quite some time! I find too that cold, damp weather makes the affected skull bones ache, so am careful to keep hats handy in winter. After more than 8 years, the area o skull that was cut out and replaced has sunken somewhat. Also, do not be surprised or alarmed at random pains. I've spoken to others who've had SAH and it seems a common experience. Disturbing, I know and I won't say you get used to it, but more tolerant perhaps. Best wishes, Colleen
  8. toothache

    Hi Topsy, i was was also reluctant to take medication for my anxiety issues and attempted to " go live your life" for about 5 years before seeking help. I also take an SSRI, different med than you are prescribed, and at the lowest dose. It helps. You should discuss your concerns over the medication with your doctors or pharmacist.
  9. toothache

    Dearest Topsy, You really should discuss your anxiety and depression with your neurologist or GP. Following my ruptured aneurysm, one of my doctors told me that anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder is quite common as a result of the life-threatening experience. You are barely two months away from the bleed, so of course you are fearful. Perhaps you can have someone accompany you to your doctor's office. As for the toothache, please get to a dentist. If there is infection, it could lead to more problems. The better you take care of yourself, the quicker you can regain some normalcy in your life. Best wishes, Colleen
  10. Congratulations Jan on two years of striving and healing. I know it hasn't been easy but you are so much stronger than you think you are; you're doing great! Hope you enjoy your visit with Michelle. Have some cake for me! Love, Colleen
  11. 3 Years since SAH

    Congratulations on making the 3 year mark! I know it has been a tough road for you Michelle, and I think you have been holding up admirably. It takes a lot of grit to hold together when our parents are aging, especially when it takes so much strength just to keep ourselves on even keel. You are doing better than most! Your family and friends are blessed to have you and surely this next year will bring good things to you. Love, Colleen
  12. It has been my experience that my primary care physician has not had much input on issues related to my SAH. You may need to follow up with a neurologist if you continue to have problems. That said, I found early on that just the stress and fear that surrounded the post-SAH days exacerbated every little ache and pain. I drank a lot of herbal tea in those early days, finding the process of making it and sipping it calming. Best wishes, Colleen
  13. Hi Michelle, I've had all manner of strange feelings in my head since the SAH more than eight years ago and still get them. Overall, I don't worry about them but there are those instances when you just can't help but get a bit anxious., especially when they come on very suddenly. I know they are exacerbated by too much caffeine. But do talk to your doctor about it to be sure. love, Colleen
  14. My Darling Linda

    Dearest Paul, I am so very,very sorry to read the sad news of your loss. Lin has battled so valiantly all these years, she has been a true inspiration. And there has rarely been a more devoted partner and carer than you. We all have been so blessed that you have shared your lives this way. Words are so insufficient. Please know I send my deepest condolences and wish I could reach you with a hug. I pray you will be comforted knowing that Lin now is truly at peace in God's everlasting light and love. Love, Colleen
  15. My Darling Linda

    Keeping you both in thought and prayers and praying Lin's doctors quickly get her sugar levels and kidneys back on track. Love Colleen