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My Partner's Story by corbelly


Hi Everyone

My husband suffered a ruptured aneurysm (SAH) on 14 June 2011. He was immediately transferred to our city neuro unit and was in ICU for 4 weeks during which he was sedated, incubated and received coiling (5 of them). He then went on to Neuro HDU, still in the city, where he spent a further 8/9 weeks, here he received an abdominal shunt for the water on the brain and a tracheotomy. He also had several chest infections during this time.

Finally 2 weeks ago he was returned to our local hospital for rehab. Its now his 15th week in hospital. He has in the last few days been up on his feet with standing aids, is going to the gym for physio and is receiving occupational therapy. As yet I have no idea how long it will be till he can come home or how well he will recover.

The neuro unit predicted a good quality of life after the drain was fitted - he was previously classed as vegetative. We have 3 children at home and I've barely seen them as I spent as much time as I could in the city only spending the weekends with them. It's great to be able to see him every day without a 5 hour car journey or overnight stays.

We are now also suffering from the knock on effects of his injury - his wages have stopped and he only earns 81.60 a week SSP, the family was dependent on him. I also predict we will have to look for a home in the new year as our family home has came with his job. I think the hardest part is not knowing whats expected in the future and I have so many questions that no-one can help me with which makes it even more frustrating. Time is the answer I know. I've joined this site as a friend recommended it. I'm 42 years old and live in Scotland.

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