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  1. Tomorrow is THE day. Please include me in your prayers, thoughts and send out a successful surgery energy out to the universe for me. πŸ™‚ Take care all of you and will update you when I'm lucid . πŸ˜†
  2. Hi David, I also love playing scrabble! I play Words with Friends on my iphone which is almost exactly the same just handier. I agree with Jess ask your GP asap. I'm surprised they have not called you for a follow-up. I am from Canada so I'm unsure how your healthcare works there. I had my first SAH December of 2010 which I have fully recovered from but had another one July 2020. I was told it is very uncommon but then again I have another aneurysm that will be clipped this September. I do not want to alarm you though. Unfortunately, this things just happen. I do hope you receive answers soon. Stay safe!
  3. Welcome back, David! You are in awesome company πŸ™‚
  4. Thank you, Dawny. No need to apologize! I have mixed emotions which I am sure most of us here have regarding upcoming surgeries. I hate toxic positivity too though lol. Just the right amount I request! πŸ˜† Take care, my ACOM twin! πŸ’—
  5. Hello and warm welcome to BTG! I echo SuperMario's advice. You are at the early stages of recovery and yes, taking it easy, be kind to yourself and don't hesitate to ask for help are the ways to go. Rest lots and always listen to your body. We are always here for you...you've come to the right place. πŸ™‚
  6. Hi Dawny! I have quietly followed your journey. I'm so happy that everything went well and you are recovering. We have the same Anterior Communicating Artery! I am also fascinated that it can be done through the radial artery. Never heard nor read that before. I agree on how amazing the surgeons and the medical team are. I was supposed to get a stent as well but did not push through. I had mine coiled through the femoral artery as well. My annie is proving as stubborn as me lol. I have clipping scheduled September 13th and I'm hoping that will be the last. Take it easy, Dawny. I wish you a complete recovery. πŸ’—
  7. Thank you so much, Tina. This group means so much to me and I am sure to many others. πŸ’—
  8. Dearest DaVinc1, You have been given helpful advice by very wonderful people. I am glad you found BTG. I don't have much to add except I want you to know as a fellow believer, I will be praying for you. Keep the faith and let His will be done. If I may share a few verses that gives me strength: Deuteronomy 32:4; Proverbs 3:5, 139; Joshua 1:9 and Matthew 6:34. We are always here for you, Ann
  9. Thanks, Jess, Subs and Jean. For those of you who have clipping done, I understand that everybody is different but how was recovery? Timewise? And if you've had coiling and clipping, what are the major differences that you have experienced? Thanks in advance!
  10. Hello everyone, It has been an eventful past 2 weeks to say the least. My second SAH was in July 17th 2020. It has been very challenging but being off during the peak of the pandemic was a blessing in disguise being a healthcare worker. There were lots of ups and downs but I do enjoy and treasure my time with my now 8 year old boy and my husband. I am grateful for them and to my very supportive family and friends and of course my BTG family. Thank you all! Fast forward to July 6, 2021, I had a routine MRI and July 9th a Cerebral Angiogram which are usually performed close to the 1 year anniversary. While in recovery after my angio, my Neurosurgeon and his Fellow who performed my angio came to see me. Unfortunately, they saw irregularities in my MRI and the angio also confirmed that. I was still half sedated at this point so this is most of what I can recall. He said my aneurysm is shifting and proving to be complicated. He recommends clipping it. He explained the risks. My surgery date is September 13th. I asked what should I do or should not do while waiting for my surgery and he said nothing really. I asked the dreaded question of will it rupture and his answer was it's low probability but not zero. I thought of all my other questions after he left. I was in shock. My last MRI was in January and it was stable. How did it drastically change? I thought of giving him a call but after the initial shock I thought whatever will be, will be. My first SAH was in 2010. My second in 2020 was so unexpected and unexplainable. I thankfully survived both. I have learned not to ask the whys anymore and just let go. I am glad they caught it. It is bittersweet news. I go through waves of varying emotions but have to be strong for my boys. This too I will overcome! πŸ’ͺ Also, I can't wait to rock my clipping scar. 😊
  11. Welcome to BTG! I am glad you found us. BTG is such a blessing to all of us and I hope it will be to you as well. I agree with Clare, 8 weeks post is very early stage and with Super Mario that you have to take baby steps. They both have given excellent advice. And yes, ask for help. It might also be helpful to seriously talk to your employers. The challenge with our condition is they and even us cannot see our brains. An MRI may show that it is stable but that is not indicative that it has completely healed and that you are back to normal. Your Doctor, Nurse Specialist or a Social Worker may be able to help you send this message clearer to your employers. If I may add, be kind to yourself. It's ok to have bad days and embrace the good days. We are always here for you. Take care, Ann
  12. Congratulations, Michelle!!! Thank you for sharing so openly. I felt your heart in what you wrote and I am happy that you had a very special day. I wish you continued strength, good health and only the best. πŸ’— Take care always!
  13. Hi Shazza, Yes, it is quite normal. Have you gone back full hours? A gradual return to work is advisable to build up your stamina and to test the waters so to speak. I hope that it is something you can arrange and feasible with your line of work. You can also ask your Doctor to back you up with this. Pace yourself and it's very important not to overwork yourself. Best of luck, Ann
  14. Congratulations, Jean! Lots of exciting things going on with you and your family. And volunteering at the zoo...that's a dream! Enjoy and I wish you the best days ahead. 😊
  15. You are doing a super job, Jennifer. You made me laugh, I have MIL issues but I am so glad for you that she's there to help. 😊
  16. Welcome to BTG, Jennifer! I am sorry the doctors nor nurses don't have answers for you. As Tina have said, these things happened and we just cannot get answers as to why. My experience is very different to your Moms'. I've had two ruptured aneurysms 10 years apart at the same location and I have stopped asking why. Acceptance is hard but eventually I was able to and shifted my focus on how blessed I am to have survived both. Your Mom is truly lucky to have survived and luckier to have a caring daughter. I understand how trying this time must be for you. I am glad you have some help. I do not know where you are from but I hope you can find resources to help you and your Mom. I am in Canada and your Mom is a senior and should be eligible to supports such as homecare, financial support, etc. Do not forget to take care of yourself also. And, we are always here if you need a listening and caring ear. πŸ™‚
  17. Welcome Ilse! What a wonderful picture. Thank you for sharing and for being so open about your experience. Perspective really do makes coping a bit easier. I admire your attitude towards it all. I love this...keep it up! 😊 Ann
  18. Hello all, Gurveena, I had my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, January 19th and like most just a really sore arm/ shoulder. I will be getting my second dose tomorrow. I am hoping after effect will be the same. Yes, @tina sorry to hear that. I was actually wondering where and how you were. I hope you recover completely. Sarah, we are all young at heart I hope!
  19. Awesome news, Sally! I'm so happy for you. Enjoy and take careπŸ’—
  20. Oh Sarah, YAY!!! What a relief. I am so happy for you. This made my day. Thanks, now relax and enjoy! ☺️
  21. Hi again Shazza, I'm glad to hear you will be off work again. Take that time to really relax and rest. I feel you about wine. We are the same! Haha. I would wait a while longer though. Wine and meds assuming you are taking some is not a good mix. The after effects is not worth it and I am speaking from experience. πŸ˜†
  22. Hi Shazza, Welcome to BTG! Everything you are feeling is normal part of your recovery. It can be a long, slow, up and down journey. Everybody is different. I can only speak from my experience. My SAH was in July 2020. I have significantly improved since then but I still get the headaches. Fatigue is also a factor in my everyday life. I take frequent rests and try to breakdown tasks so it does not overwhelm me. Take it easy and listen to your body. We cannot really set a timeframe for our recovery. We always say here, be kind to yourself. I do hope you can find someone to help you with everyday tasks. For moral support, you can always count on us here. BTG is such a lovely, supportive group. Take care, Ann
  23. Thanks everyone! πŸ₯° @kempse I sure hope you hear soon and it's all in your favor. Sending you positive vibes!
  24. Quick update: MRI from January 5th looked good. Coils are intact and are in place. πŸ‘ It was the Head of Neuro and my Doctor who coiled my first aneurysm from 2010 that saw me this time. We asked him about the stent and he said he does not think I need it for now. He ordered another MRI and Angio for July which will be my 1st year anni-versary for my second aneurysm and go from there. It makes a world of a difference when the Doctor is straight-forward and as decisive as he was unlike the other Doc I saw in November. I know everybody is different and I trust their expertise. I just felt more at peace this time and boy, it feels so great. πŸ™‚
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