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Chris G

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Chris G last won the day on June 27 2016

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About Chris G

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  • Birthday 17/07/64

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    Georgia, USA
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  1. How life changes

    Welcome to the site. I am also one of the many men who frequent this site. This site is for survivors, care-givers, and other supporters regardless of their sex. It has been of such value and support for me and I hope it provides the same for you and your husband. Best wishes Chris
  2. 5 years

    Congrats Casey!
  3. I suffered a NASAH, so not as severe as some. However, for the first year after, and still from time to time, I get an acute headache behind the eye or eyebrow. It usually doesn't last very long (less than 30 minutes). I compare it to an ice headache when you drink something cold too fast. I never had these before my bleed so it must be related somehow. I send best wishes to you. Chris
  4. Hi Alex, Best wishes from the US. Short-term memory loss seems to be one of the common items after our injuries. Mine was affected, but has gotten much better over time. I hope the same thing happens in this instance. The brain is a miraculous thing, but even it needs time to heal from something like this. Chris
  5. New member - Peter John

    Welcome to the BTG. I send best wishes for your recovery. As mentioned above, we all heal differently, and I don't know that any of us return to "normal" but rather find a new norm. I am just over two years out, but sill have lingering effects, mostly some weird headaches and memory problems. But overall, I would say I am back to normal. Just take it slow, be patient, listen to your body and get better. Chris
  6. Hi I'm Taka - new member

    One way to look at it that helps me is like this. You had a weakness that you did not even know about. It tried to take you down, but you survived. Now that weakness (no matter what caused it) is gone. Vanquished. You are now stronger than you were before it happened.
  7. Hi I'm Taka - new member

    Hi Taka, I think the most disturbing thing about the NASAH is the whole not knowing what caused it. I was skeptical of doctors telling me it most likely would not happen again, when they could not tell me why it happened the first time. But I learned that they base it on statistics from thousands of patients who have suffered NASAHs in the past. So I learned to believe. Please read through the NASAH section. I believe you will find a lot of valuable information there. Welcome. Chris
  8. Hi, I just wanted add my experiences as you are not alone. People on this site talk often of the "new me" and though I just had a NASAH, I do have a new me. Here are some of the changes I feel, and some of the changes I am told about me: 1. The most overriding feeling of all is one of not being fully connected. I have described it as living in the moment, but then later feeling like it was a dream. My yesterday sometimes feels weeks away. It's not really a fog I notice as I am doing something, but more of a fog on the recall. A "was I really there" yesterday feeling that can lead to an "Am I really here" feeling that can be depressing. 2. My outlook on things have changes with no real reason. For example, I am more likely to take a bug outside of my house alive than squash it like I would have before. I sometimes pick up other peoples litter and throw it away. I never did these things before, but I am compelled to do them now. 3. On the flip side, and to your comments, I am less patient, more moody, and (I hate to admit this) care less for people in general. Only my loved ones and people who understand, like the people on this site, seem to register in my heart. Peripheral people feel more like holograms. I am not mean to other people, I just don't seem to feel them. The aforementioned bug may get more affection from me than the checkout girl at the grocery. This is a change, as I used to love to engage people. Now they can be telling me a story that would have engaged me in the past, and inside I am "whatever" bored. 4. I am past the anxiety and fear stage of recovery, but it was there. Now, I just get the occasional black cloud that can linger over me a few days. 5. I only consume small amounts of alcohol as it tends to make my memory even worse, and I may repeat the same story twice in an hour to the same people. With all of that said, there are many positives too. I do live in the moment more than before. Maybe because I have to. While other people feel farther away, I am at the same time, more tolerant of them in general. I respect people more, I just get bored. I love sleeping more than I used to. Sometimes getting into bed at night is a real joy. And honestly, I don't fear my future and fate as much as I used to. It's like I won already and now am in bonus time. So I rambled on and I don't know if this helps or not, but I hope it does. Please continue to heal and adjust. Chris
  9. I hope everything continues to check out ok. Hopefully, they will subside soon so you can feel relieved from the pain and the worry. Chris
  10. 2 Year Anniversary

    I love you Clare. Cheers. Thanks everyone!
  11. So it was two years ago today that my bleed happened on an evening run. I am so thankful for this site and the support, love and sharing that takes place. I started to thank some specific individuals, but was afraid I would leave someone out inadvertently. So just let me say to all of you chefs, singers, fellow runners, poets, supporters, admins, brain game players, and other survivors, THANK YOU for being there for me. My injury was very minor and my recovery so much easier than many of you, that I remain in awe of the courage and inspiration you exhibit. I took my run already this morning and smiled as I passed the stop under the small tree where my NASAH finally took me to my knees two years ago. NOT TODAY, I thought. I am a survivor with a wonderful support group! Thanks to you all! Chris
  12. Another new member....Rachel

    Welcome Rachel, I hope you continue to heal. You will find much good advice on here. I only experienced a NASAH and I am in the US. So I can't help much with advice on your health care system. But I send prayers for your continued improvement and adjustment. Chris
  13. Clara mac - new member

    Welcome to the site. I hope you get it checked out and it is all ok. Chris
  14. Hi Saraheliza, Similar to Clare, I was a runner and was running when I had my NASAH. I took 3 months off and then started back walking and jogging. I am now running about the same as I was before. However, everyone is different. As mentioned above, whatever you do, please LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and do not overdo it. I wish you the best. Chris
  15. Prayers and best wishes for you to feel better. It's a rollercoaster ride and I hope you start to feel lifted back up soon. Chris