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Colleen last won the day on May 20 2016

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About Colleen

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I would be so grateful of some advice

    Hi Gemma, As Sharon said, your mom's dr is the best one to consult about safe travel for your mom. He ( or they) will be best acquainted with her circumstances and any complications. That said, I have two clips and have flown numerous times since the SAH.. My dr told me the clipped vessels make me aneurysm-free. Sometimes the changes in pressure give me a slight headache, but no worse than someone who has sinus issues. I think I am probably more sensitive to heat; staying hydrated is essential and I find B vitamins help. Fatigue, memory challenges, and processing difficulties are all quite common with the SAH. Your mom suffered way more complications than I did and sounds to be making great strides. It can be a slow process, but things do get better.. We also find ways to cope. It's important that family be supportive, which you are being, Best wishes and keep us up with her progress. Colleen
  14. My Darling Linda

    Hi Paul, so caring of you to catch us up on Lin's condition. I'm terribly sorry for the setbacks you have endured and hope changes in the meds will help Lin feel better. please don't apologize for not posting during ths difficult time. I'm sure we've all had stretches where we check in on our friends but just don't have the reserves to post. And I know I am not coming any where near to expending the energy that you put into helping Lin. She is such a blessed soul to have you as advocate. Hang in there Paul and we will pray for you.
  15. Hi Tim and welcome to the group, Ditto to all that has been said. I suffered emotional swings in the early years, bouncing between a fear of dying to anger that I hadn't. I had problems with memory and attention span, as though I had suddenly developed ADHD. Finally, five years in, I decided to see a neurologist and get help. He explained that some of the issues were a direct result of parts of my brain dying and each part has specific jobs to do. Miraculously, other parts can take up the tasks but don't do them as well as the original. I ended up taking a low dose of antidepressant and it has made a difference. I also echo what Daff said about vitamins. About six months after my SAH I had routine blood work that showed I was quite anemic. In my case I was seriously deficient in B12 and D. I definitely can tell when I get lazy about taking my vitamins. You may want to consult you doc about that. Beyond that, eat healthy, rest a lot ( I'm very bad about getting enough sleep) and do what makes you happy! Best wishes, Colleen