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Colleen

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Colleen last won the day on May 20 2016

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    Texas, USA
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    pets, good fiction, ecology

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  1. Congrats Andrea (late as usual). No pics of me in the hospital bed thank goodness, but there is a rather gruesome one taken post craniotomy. I'd much rather see your pics of the lovely scenery around your home. Rock on! Colleen
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    Hello Vicky, So good that you found this site. Explore all the topics and you will see how many of us share similar issues and how, by sharing, we've helped each other. By all means don't wait to get counselling because PTSD and anxiety are common. Explain to loved ones that reliving the event causes massive anxiety and discomfort. Eat healthy. Drink lots of water. Be kind to yourself. Come here often to learn, to vent, to laugh, to cry. We're all in this together. Colleen
  3. Hi Iola, it is so nice to hear from you again, though I certainly wish for you to feel better. I do understand the quandary overly work. I am 11+ years on from my SAH and have been one of the incredibly blessed given the nature of the ruptured aneurysm. I was able to return to full time work, even changed jobs eventually and took more challenges. For the past year I've "planned" to retire about every other day. We took on my husbands elderly mother a couple years ago, have a menagerie of pets, and two houses to take care of. Sometimes it's just all too much. Maybe be your neuro psych closed for the pandemic. I know my primary care dr was still not seeing patients last week, though he was doing phone consults. ( yeah, that was weird). Hopefully your Doc will be back on line soon. Keep in touch, Colleen
  4. Dearest Sarah, i had not been on in a bit and this is the first thread I came upon. I am so shocked and saddened for the loss to BTG but know it is nothing compared to what you and your family is enduring. Win has been such a bright light to us all, always ready with encouragement and so good at teaching us to laugh at and accept ourselves. She will be so sorely missed. Prayers of comfort for you and your family, including Tilly. It was so clear how very much she loved you all. Colleen
  5. Dearest Gem, it it is with such a heavy heart that I've read of your losses - first the tripping from SAH and then the final blow from this dread virus. Your poor dad an innocent victim unable to shield himself. There are just not enough words in my vocabulary to tell you how sorry I am. I so so hope you find solace in the poem Daff has shared and in good memories. I pray you will find comfort and that we all will move past these terrible times we are in. again my condolences to you and your family. With love, Colleen
  6. Thank you Daffodil. That was lovely, honest inspiration..and congrats on the eight years!, Colleen
  7. Hi Sarah, I can't imagine what you've been going through. I do not think I could be that patient waiting either. I truly hope you get the answers you need when you go in Monday and fully agree with Macca; do not let them have an inch! You are owed a full explanation of what is going on and all the options in full detail. I will keep you in prayers (belated Happy Birthday also, sorry to miss your day) Colleen
  8. I'm also in the USA. Following my SAH due to a ruptured aneurysm in 2008, I had a cerebral angiogram prior to release from the hospital. This procedure was repeated at years 1 and 2. After that, I had annual CTA scans for the next three years. I continued consultations with a neurologist until a few years ago, but had no more imaging. Colleen
  9. Dear Sunflower, Welcome to this wonderful forum. As has been said, you will find a wealth of information here. You do not mention whether your SAH was due to ruptured aneurysm or other cause. Regardless, two months out is very early in the healing process. It takes time for the blood to break down within the confines of the brain and that could be a source of discomfort. It's also not unusual to be scared and worried over ever small sensation. Best to check with your neurologist regarding all the possible short and long term impacts from the SAH and chances of a repeat. In any case, you should be taking care not to stress or strain yourself to give your brain time to heal. Is help with the babies possible? If so, ask; people don't realize the impacts of SAH because you can't see them. As for being alone with the babies, is it because you're afraid you'll collapse or something? Perhaps a medical alert device would lend more confidence until you feel stronger. I know I felt scared sometimes being alone after my ruptured aneurysm, but I didnt have children to care for. I hope your family is there to lean on and that information you can glean from this site helps. Prayers for your recovery, Colleen
  10. Hi Lori, i went through a ruptured aneurysm 11 years ago. For me, it came on after a morning shower; no exertion and no history of high blood pressure, though I had been under stress at the time. MasterCard, I also had serious anxiety. I found herbal teas helpful, just the process of making them and sipping them. Some have calming herbs as well - chamomile comes to mind. I also had a sweet dog that would lay against me and keep me company when my husband was at work. I remember being pretty limited at the time regarding exercise and reading gave me wicked headaches, so it was tea, tv, and the pets. It just takes time to heal. If the anxiety is extreme, speak with your Drs. PTSD is not uncommon in SAH survivors. Best wishes, Colleen
  11. Congratulations on the five years of progress as every year gives us a bit more comfort and advancement. Super congrats on the retirement and volunteering! Colleen
  12. Congratulations on this milestone Anni-versary Louise. And I also thank you for your thoughts today and for all you have shared over the years. I can appreciate your gratefulness for Ronnie as I too have a supportive husband who has helped me get through when I needed encouragement. May you and Ronnie be blessed with many more years! Love, Colleen
  13. Hi Carolyn, Congratulations on the progress you have made, never underestimate the significance of smallest achievements. In addition to Subs explanation I would suggest that following SAH our brains may have trouble adjusting to too much stimulation. I recall after my time in the hospital experiencing similar anxiety on the ride home. In my case it was cars and buildings streaming by as we were in a city. It's almost like a bit of phobia after being kept in semi- confinement. To this day (11 yrs now) I will become anxious in the grocery store when I am very tired because of the visual overload - too many colors, shapes, labels and the other shoppers. then there is the fact that may of us has a degree of PTSD following the trauma, and rightly so. You may feel safer at home. Or , the SAH may have damaged a potion of the brain that controls fear.. You are still early on in recovery and will find things get better as you go. But, If these symptoms continue to bother you, speak with your neurologist. I waited way too long and could have alleviated much of my anxiety sooner. Best wishes, Colleen
  14. Good morning all, hard to believe, but it's been 11 years to the day of my ruptured aneurysm. BTG has been such a blessing during this time. So, I get to go out and celebrate by having a troublesome tooth pulled. I debated the appointment date but there were no other options for the tooth and I need to feel better! Have a good day all! Love, Colleen
  15. Congrats on the fourth year and here's to many more years going forward! Colleen
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