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  1. Hi Gemma, Congratulations on your anniversary - my goodness, you have had quite a year by the sound of it, with heart surgery as well as an SAH. I think you deserve a big pat on the back. I know it's frustrating when you realise that you can't do certain things as well as you did before but I think we have all discovered that the healing process from an SAH is a long one and improvements can, and do, happen sometimes after many months and years. You obviously have a very positive outlook and I'm sure this has helped you. Good luck to you and may the next year see you go forward leaps and bounds with your recovery. Jane xx
  2. Hi Ashley, Welcome to BTG - it's a great site isn't it and it sounds as if you've been reading the posts on here which hopefully will have given you and Kim some information and reassurance on the recovery from an SAH. It sounds as if Kim is doing really well which is fantastic. I can understand how worried you must be about the possible reasons for the white spots on Kim's MRI. Louise is right when she says that doctors need to be more considerate sometimes when discussing things with us. But on the other side of the coin, the doctors are the ones who've saved our lives so we can't be too hard on them! I think they develop a tough skin to be able to cope with all the stresses of their job and sometimes forget that we don't have that, especially after an SAH. My view would be that you really need to push the medics to give you a clear explanation for the white spots, otherwise you'll drive yourselves mad with worry when probably there's nothing to worry about. Go back and see your GP and maybe by now she has had a letter from the consultant about the scan and will be able to give you more detail and reassurance. I think if it were me, I'd ask for another appointment with the consultant to discuss the scan, or maybe consider getting a second opinion if you're still not happy. Best wishes to you both and do let us know how you get on. Jane x
  3. Hi Debbie, I'm sure that after all you've been through, it'll be a piece of cake! Try not to worry too much about it, although I know that's easier said than done. It's reassuring to know that they are monitoring you but having these tests and then waiting for the results is a stressful time isn't it. Good luck for 5th and I hope you get a good result. Jane x
  4. That's fantastic news Lorraine, well done. A huge pat on the back from all of us. What's next! Jane x
  5. Hi Davis, I had a craniotomy in February and whilst in hospital used to have the sensation that either my eye was watering and running down my cheek, or I was dribbling from the corner of my mouth down my chin. Each time I put my hand up to wipe away the moisture I would find that it was perfectly dry - it was just a sensation. I guess it takes a while for all the nerves etc to settle down and build new pathways after an SAH. Like Gill above, I get an incredibly itchy head from time to time and also a pulling sensation if I frown - so I guess I'll just have to give up the frowning and smile more! I still get a few weird floaty sensations in my head from time to time and I try to avoid loud noises and flashing lights as they tend to make me feel a bit confused. I too have a second aneurysm that they discovered when the first one ruptured. I had a CTA scan in July and saw the consultant a few weeks ago who told me that it was really small, more like a small blister on the artery, and that the chances of it rupturing were tiny. They will scan me every year for a few years to ensure that it doesn't grow but it was a big relief as I had convinced myself that I would need another operation. Do you know what treatment, if any, you'll have on your other aneurysms? Try not to worry about them (easier said than done I know!) and make sure you discuss any anxieties with your consultant. Good luck with the computer - there will be no stopping you now! Jane x
  6. Hi Geoff, A warm welcome to BTG (or, in VVin's vvords, a vvarm vvwelcome!). I'm sure the site has been a big help to you already, as it has to all of us and it's always good to swap stories and experiences. No matter what scary things are happening to you, there will undoubtedly be someone on the site who's been through the same thing and will give good advice and reassurance. Sounds like you had a really scary time but glad to hear that things are improving now. Be careful not to rush your recovery - it's early days for you yet and you'll get there, but your body does so at it's own pace and will usually tell you in no uncertain terms if you're taking it too fast! You'll become an expert (if you haven't already) in listening to your body. Make the most of life - there are so many who don't get the second chance we've been given. All the best, Jane x
  7. Hi Mandie, Like you (and I suspect most folks on here), I had major fatigue after my SAH. I could not believe how tired I felt and how all-consuming it would be - almost as if someone had flicked my 'Off' switch! I used to fret about going to unfamiliar places as I knew that if the fatigue hit me I would need to sit down more or less straight away. The other thing which I can laugh about now, was that my usual calm and reasonable demeanour would be replaced by an irritable, tetchy and thoroughly bad tempered person. We recently had my little grandson to stay and after a busy day, took him into a shop to quickly grab some food on the way home - poor mite was fine one minute and the next, went into meltdown as he was so tired and I totally understood how he felt! At the age of 55 I too was having the occasional 'toddler tantrum'. Although gradually the fatigue was improving,I had more or less accepted that it would be a part of my life for a long time, maybe forever. However I have some good news! We were on holiday a few weeks ago and about halfway through I realised that I hadn't needed my usual midday nap. I put it down to the effect of the holiday but when we returned home and I went back to my normal routine, I found that I could get through the day without resting and felt fine. It's now been about a month since I've had experienced that dreadful feeling of fatigue. I still get tired but it's what I would call 'normal tired'. I really can't believe how suddenly it's gone! By the way, I had my SAH in Feb this year & I had assumed any progress at this stage would be very gradual but it just shows that after 7 months it's still possible to have a big improvement. As Win says above, 'never give up'. So give your body time to recover as it's still early days for you, especially if this was your second operation. Look after yourself and I'm sure that you will enjoy those long hikes again before too long. Good luck, Jane x
  8. Hi Bill, Welcome to btg, I enjoyed reading your story - it sounds like you and your wife have had quite a year! You sound like a very positive person and I'm sure that must have helped you lots. It's great that you've made such good progress and are now able to drive again - it's a bit scary the first time you get behind the wheel again isn't it! I know what you mean when you say you are glad to have gone through the experience - I feel the same way too as I know it has enriched my closest relationships and I feel blessed to have had a second chance at life, albeit with a 'wonky' memory! Congratulations on your MRA result, that must have been a huge relief. As you've discovered, this is a brilliant site and everyone is so supportive and friendly, you will always leave the site feeling uplifted and encouraged. I'm still smiling after reading Win's (or should I say VVin's!)post above! Keep smiling & good luck with your recovery. Janey x
  9. Hi Gillian, Welcome to BTG. Sorry to hear about your 'brain explosion' but you're in good company here as we've all been through the same thing. After such a major trauma, it does seem rather optimistic for the hospital to tell you that you'd be off work for only 6 weeks and I can understand how you are maybe feeling now that you're not doing as well as you should. The big point to make here is that everyone recovers at their own pace and you need to give your body time to repair itself. Don't let anyone (including yourself!) rush you. I had my SAH in February and I've been so lucky in that I've made a good recovery, although still get the dreaded fatigue and headaches. However I still have days when I wonder if I will ever get back to 'normal' and I think Clare made a very good point that we should let ourselves accept a 'new normal'. That's not to say that we should stop striving to improve but we should give ourselves a pat on the back for what we've been able to do, rather than beat ourselves up over what we can't. Progress can seem very slow but if you look back to how you were a few months ago, I'm sure you'll see some improvements. I'm sure you'll get lots of help and encouragement on this site - it's been a godsend to so many of us and it's great to be able to talk to others who totally understand what we're going through because they've been there too. So welcome to the site and good luck with your recovery. Jane xx
  10. Hi Fay, Welcome to BTG, it really is a marvellous site & will help you lots. Sorry to hear about your SAH but you're in good company here as we've all been through the same thing. I think Louise hit the nail on the head when she said that you need to be kind to yourself & cut yourself some slack. I had my SAH in Feb this year & one of the positives (of which, surprisingly, there are many) that have come out of my experience is that I have learnt to be much kinder to myself as well as to others. Don't put too much pressure on yourself and rather than get disheartened about what you can't do, give yourself a pat on the back for the things that you can. It sounds as if you have very supportive employers which will be a big help to you. Like you I have a second aneurysm discovered when the first one 'popped'. I had a scan last week and will see the consultant hopefully next month and find out what treatment lies ahead. Clipping, coiling or just monitoring seem to be the 3 options depending on the size, location of it. It is rather scary knowing there's another 'unexploded bomb' in your head isn't it but I'm determined not to let it dominate my thoughts & stop me from doing things. Anyway, let us know how your treatment goes and good luck! Love, Jane x
  11. Hi Clare, I think we had our bleed at pretty much the same time - may have even been the same day, Feb 10th? Just to say that I'm having similar memory issues to you. I very often can't think of a word mid way through a sentence and also sometimes have a sort of mini stutter - usually is worse if I have overdone it and feel a bit tired. Also short term memory not that great, although like Julian it wasn't that brilliant before my SAH. I know I should write things down more often but whether it's stubborness or a sort of refusal to accept that I need to do that, I don't know, but I am getting a bit better at finding coping strategies. I have a weekly planner and write down all the things I need to do as I remember them and that's proved very helpful, especially as we're going on holiday shortly. Know what you mean about the wine - the plus side is that a little goes a long way now! At least we're all still here! Janey xx
  12. Hi Issy, Welcome to BTG. Sorry to hear you had an SAH but so glad you found this site, it will help you so much with your recovery. There are lots of very generous spirited and wise folk on here, all at various stages of recovering from an SAH so if ever you're worried about an aspect of your recovery, or anything really, just ask and you'll get lots of great advice. My SAH was in February this year and this site has really helped me as I, in common with many others on here, have not had a great amount of support from the healthcare system, so to be able to communicate with others who are going through exactly the same emotions/experiences has without doubt helped to keep me sane! I look forward to hearing more about what happened to you. Best Wishes, Janey xx
  13. Hello BTG'ers, I thought I would start this topic to give us all a little smile, as it really is unbelievable,(and quite hurtful sometimes), the comments from others that we all encounter during our recoveries. I'm sure you all have your own particular 'favourites' so I thought it would be a good idea to share them with each other - perhaps Karen could award a prize to the best (or worst) one! The comment that prompted me to start this thread was from someone we met at the weekend that we hadn't seen for a while and my husband explained that, since we'd last seen him, I'd had a brain haemorrhage. His response literally left me speechless as he said " well it obviously wasn't serious as you look fine now". I suppose I should have been flattered in a way! Maybe if I'd looked like c**p he would have thought I'd been more seriously ill. Also speaking to people on the 'phone for the first time after the bleed, prompted a few people to blurt out "ooh you sound just the same" - I kind of understand that one a bit more as I think some friends were worried that my speech may have been affected and they were just so relieved I could hold a conversation. Still a bit weird to be on the receiving end of that comment though, I never knew quite how to respond. Anyway, hope those have made you smile (or wince). So let's hear yours............... Janey x
  14. Carolyn, so glad to hear that everything went ok - you must be so relieved that it's all over and you're back at home. I remember when I was in intensive care after my clipping operation, in between dozing off I used to daydream about just being back at home curled up on the sofa with my husband and the cats and a nice cup of tea - & probably a bit of chocolate too! Cue for Wyn to burst into song 'Little things mean a lot' - but it's true. What we've all been through makes us realise what is important in life - keep your lottery wins, we've all won the biggest prize there is - another chance of life. Well done for being so brave and cheerful - now rest up, keep drinking plenty and enjoy being looked after xxx
  15. Fantastic news Win, let her know we're all thinking of her & wishing her well xx
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