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About Lin-lin

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  • Birthday 03/06/1975


  • Biography
    SAH November 2009. Became a Mum in August 2012.
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    Yoga, pilates and politics.
  • Occupation
    Resigned from Solicitor's post in 2010. Have since undertaken voluntary work at the CAB + Sure Start
  • SAH/Stroke Date
    21st November 2009

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  1. I welled up reading the bit about Jim being word perfect. It really got to me! Ah such a lovely post to read. Congratulations both! L xx
  2. Hello and welcome to BTG. My SAH was in November 2009 and a coil was placed in the location of the bleed. I had my first child in August 2012. My son is nineteen months old now. My SAH Consultant advised my Obstetrician that I could give birth naturally but the main issue overlooked was fatigue. I did try explaining, but found it difficult to get my point across. A residual effect of my SAH is mental fatigue. I become tired quicker than most, particularly if there is lots of activity around. Also, pain is fatiguing and as all of us Mums know, childbirth is a tad uncomfortable! I was fatigu
  3. Victoria - Ha! Please don't worry, I found your post funny! I'm well aware of the chance of bruising, which is more likely when the patient is under. I daresay the dentist can give it more welly when the patient is asleep! You didn't put your foot in it at all! Win - Hello and hugs. L xx
  4. Hello Paul and Victoria and thank you for your replies. My procedure did not go ahead on the 21st. I developed a cold (more like man flu, really!) and the dentist was very reluctant to proceed. It made sense not to, after all, it would have been a lot for my body to recover from surgery, general anesthetic and a cold. Given that the tooth isn't hurting me, it seemed more appropriate to reschedule. It's likely to take place in April now. Victoria - I will be thinking of you on Monday! I find trips to the dentist very tiring post SAH so I hope you'll have opportunity to rest afterwards. (I
  5. I too went through what I now call my ‘Greta Garbo phase,’ i.e. “I vant to be alone!” (Imagine me dramatically collapsing on a chaise longue while saying it.) I became very insular after my SAH and it was in stark contrast to the social butterfly that I once was. I was simply happier being left to my own devices and did not feel that I needed company in the same way as before. After a period of around 12 months, my mood was not great and I stumbled across a local Headway group on the internet and learnt that they met up twice a month at a local hall. I was intrigued to meet people who had e
  6. Amazing Win! I'm so proud of you! Thanks for sharing. L xx
  7. Thanks for your replies. Win and Jess – you are very brave ladies! Having a tooth out awake is way beyond what I could cope with. My mother had a tooth out with just local anaesthetic and I’m utterly amazed that people can do that! That said, I see from Mary and Wem that I’m not alone with hating appointments at the dentist! I am like Wem in that I had anxiety re the dentist before my SAH- but it’s skyrocketed after the SAH. Re your future tooth extraction Wem, can you request sedation and emphasise your anxiety as being the reason? I hope it all pans out well for you. Thank you Iola for
  8. Anyone had a wisdom tooth extraction post SAH? I’ve had a date for mine – 21st February and to say that I’m dreading it is an understatement. I was diagnosed with anxiety last April and so it is advised that I have my procedure under general anaesthetic, despite the extraction being quite easy. I am anticipating that the general anaesthetic will aggravate my issues with fatigue, plus the healing of the wound itself is likely to exacerbate fatigue. My family are already putting a plan in place regarding childcare, so I have plenty of help on hand. People assume that given my medical his
  9. Hello! I feel somewhat ‘qualified’ to continue the conversations in this thread. I believe if BTG were handing our prizes for ‘Most Anxious of 2013’, I probably would be one of the front runners for an award! By way of background, people with brain injuries are more likely than the general population to develop anxiety. When you say that you convince yourself that you’ve a new disease every day, this is called ‘catastrophic thinking.’ Personally, this way of thinking became out of control for me after my son was born in 2012. (Incidentally, my SAH was in 2009.) No matter what was happe
  10. Hello, Or should I say, Shwmae!? I’m a fellow Taff too. I take it you were treated at the Heath? I spent a ‘glorious’ 5 weeks there. I had a SAH, but developed hydrocephalus and nearly had a shunt fitted; but the problem started to correct itself. As you said in your post, it is different for everyone. I was not able to return to work – but lots here have. It just wasn’t possible for me. I suffer with mental fatigue, so concentrating is very tiring and my memory has suffered. There are some teachers on BTG who have returned to work successfully, so I will let them guide you in this respect
  11. What a fantastic thread! I did not accept my circumstances immediately. Looking back, I can see how I struggled with confidence and self-esteem. I was, as I saw it, officially ‘useless.’ I do however appear to have taken a leap forward. I attend regular group sessions with a psychologist at Headway. There is a theory that ‘we are what we think.’ So if we think that we are useless, we are going to feel useless. At these sessions, we practice Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which is all about managing our emotions in a more positive way. Another thing I do is try to adapt my environment t
  12. Thank you all for your lovely messages. As always, it means a lot. I'm off to a soft play centre for toddlers this morning - an experience which will test my fatigue, no doubt!..... Wish me luck my friends, wish me luck!! L xx
  13. Happy Birthday Lin!! Best wishes to you too, Paul. L xx
  14. Hello and welcome to the BTG club, (although we frequently tease each other that this is not a club we’d necessarily choose to join!) I had a SAH in 2009. I spent five weeks in hospital as there were complications with hydrocephalus. That corrected itself without the need for me to have a shunt fitted. I remember the time when I came out of hospital. What a bizarre experience that was. I felt very disconnected from my surroundings, almost feeling like an imposter in my own body. I didn’t even feel comfortable with my own image in the mirror- it was as if I was looking at someone else. I did
  15. Hello everyone, Big day here for me - it is my 4th year anni-versary. Not entirely sure how I feel. I'm not emotional, just reflecting on the day I suppose. I can certainly vouch for how things get better, although that sentence does need some explaining. Life is most certainly different. I still suffer with fatigue which has affected every aspect of my life. I am unable to go through any day without needing a nap to rest and restore. As a consequence, this affects jobs, social life, hobbies, family life, friends, independence and financial independence. No aspect of life escapes it.
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