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Jan

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Jan last won the day on July 5 2016

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About Jan

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  • Birthday 30/04/1964

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    Congleton, Cheshire
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    Sewing (I make collectable teddy bears), gardening and reading

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  1. Jan

    8 years for me today!

    Congratulations on both of your special Anniversaries Macca, you are a very special man, I can’t thank you enough for always being here for me, I love your ‘way’ with words, your understanding and showing me how to look at things from a different perspective. Thankyou, thank you thankyou Jan xx
  2. Hi Joe, Thank you for starting this topic, reading the above comments has made me realise how much my tastes have changed. I’m 3yrs post SAH. I used to love a Macdonalds or Burger king occasionally, can’t stand them now, they just taste of grease. Bizarrely, I love vegetables now, I’d eat them before but it’s like I can actually taste them now. Like Win, I don’t like tap water but a Brita water filter jug kept in the fridge fixed that !! My taste for prosecco/Pinot hasn’t altered at all !!! Like everyone has said, it’s all down to the T word (time) keep trying your old favourites now & again Jan xx
  3. Jan

    Acupuncture

    Well . . I did it!! What was I worried about? My physio Emma explained what she was doing and kept me talking to keep my mind off what she was doing. I only felt 2 of the 7 needles and they didn’t hurt.I was aware of her putting the needles in the top of my arm but only because I could feel her hand holding my arm! (I didn’t watch) until she put one in the back of my wrist I saw that one and it hurt. I’m sure it only hurt because I could see it, if you know what I mean? When it was over, I asked why I hadn’t had any needles in my shoulder considering that my shoulder is the major problem. Emma smiled and said that I’d had several needles in my shoulder all around the rotator cuff. Brilliant!! I didn’t feel any of those😁Anyway I have another appointment in 2 weeks. I’m not sure yet if it’s helped with the pain but it’s no worse so here’s hoping😀 Jan xx
  4. Jan

    Acupuncture

    I phoned N Staffs again yesterday. Switchboard couldn’t put me through to a nurse specialist as they don’t have one on their list!! She asked if I wanted to be put through to ‘the ward’ Which ward I had no idea but said ‘yes please’ As it turned out it was the ward that I was in 3 years ago. A lovely nurse answered and I asked my question re acupuncture, she seemed to understand my concerns and immediately went to find a doctor to ask. She came back to me with. . . . Yes Jan, it’s safe to have acupuncture after a bleed on the brain.😀😀😀 Relief?? I can’t tell you ! So, I’m off to do my impression of a pin cushion this morning. I’ll pop back later to let you know how it went. Thank you all again for your advice and support. Jan xx
  5. Jan

    Acupuncture

    Clare, Thank you, I will try again, I was actually told that there was only a nurse specialist for patients with cancer!!! Odd? Yes. There was a neuro nurse specialist when I was discharged 3 years ago I will try again, Thank you. Jan xx
  6. Jan

    Acupuncture

    Tinaw, I think our posts crossed! Thank you for your reply, That helps to put my mind at ease 🙂
  7. Jan

    Acupuncture

    SM, Thank you, I have tried to phone my physio this afternoon but can’t get hold of her yet, she is aware that I’ve had a SAH so I’m sort of assuming from that it must be ok, To be honest, I think that because it’s something totally new to me I’m being over cautious. I was ok until I read the leaflet she gave me and this sentence jumped out at me . . . . . . Research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals - Endorphins............... It’s the ‘stimulates the brain’ bit that had me worried. I am just being a great big Wuss!! Jess, I was treated by Mr Tzerakis ( Not mis spelt, I just checked)!!! John and my sons referred (& still do!) to him as Dr Nik, much easier!!! Jan xx
  8. Jan

    Acupuncture

    Hi Sis Thank you for your quick reply and advice. I have just spoken to my consultant s secretary ( my consultant/ surgeon is on annual leave) I explained what I wanted to ask and asked if I could perhaps talk to another consultant or nurse specialist? Short answer was NO . . Advised to ring my GP which would be a waste of time as they won’t answer anything without speaking to N. Staffs hospital first 😡. Back to Dr. Google!! xx
  9. Have any of you had acupuncture since your SAH? I am currently having physiotherapy for my shoulder pain (rotator cuff damage) My physio has suggested acupuncture as the muscles surrounding my shoulder are so knotted that the manlipulation that she’s doing isn’t relieving the pain. I know that everyone is different regarding pain threshold and how far they will go with a particular treatment etc.I just wondered if anyone has had acupuncture and could share their experience? By the way, I don’t have a fear of needles!! I suppose what I’m really asking ( in typical ‘Jan the Rambler’) fashion is . . . . . iS IT SAFE?? Thank you for reading Jan xx
  10. Louise, Well Done You!!! Thank you for sharing your experiences and feelings, Like you I didn’t enjoy flying before sah but have always said since sah that I need to conquer my fears and get on a plane again.We used to go to Nerja in Spain every September.Ive just applied for a new passport (change of name to married name).so that’s the easy part done!! Just need to find my confidence and courage!!Thank you again for sharing, You are a courageous lady 😀 Jan xx Ps, forgot to say. . . . . . Beautiful photo xx
  11. Where do I start? The last 12 months have been more difficult than I expected, full of highs and lows. . . . The Best day , it goes without saying (but I’ll say it .anyway. Remember Jan The Rambler’s typing this!!) was my beautiful wedding day . It truly was the best day of my life so much so, I want to do it again ( with John of course!) I’m digressing already. I see things differently this year. Relationships with family and friends change.I have felt abandoned and isolated.The isolation is mainly my doing, I think my confidence went down a different path to the one I’m on. I’ll keep looking, it’s there somewhere. On a ‘good’ day I feel great, full of energy etc so here’s hoping there’s lots of those on the horizon. I’m still struggling to accept all that I’ve lost but more importantly I try very hard to appreciate all that I have. THANK YOU BTG for being here Jan xx
  12. Me too ☹️ I’m 2and a half years post SAH now I watch very little TV, Same as Siper Mario, I can’t stand the noise and movement and to be honest I can’t follow a storyline, The concentration wears me out. Mad isn’t it? Jan xx
  13. Super Mario, Thank you for this information, I will definitely look into this. Jan xx
  14. Thank you so much for your replies, Who'd be female?!, I went for my ultrasound scan yesterday, whilst lying there I was so tempted to ask ' is it a boy or girl?' Ha ha!! I decided it would be better to behave like an adult so I kept my mouth firmly closed ( well there's a first time for everything !!) Saraheliza, I don't have any tips re the panic, other than take deep breaths and try to distract yourself, I wish I listened to my own advice. I too seem to have a good day then a bad one, it's like it's par for the course for now 🙁 jan xx
  15. Have any of you lovely BTG ladies had the misfortune to go through the menopause after your SAH?If so, do you have any advice or tips on how to make it easier?!, I had a 'lightbulb' moment last Sunday, having spent the afternoon sobbing and wailing 'I can't cope with this anymore'. It dawned on me that I could be feeling so miserable because of my hormones and not my head. Am I the only one who immediately blames the aftermath of Sah for every ache, pain, feeling, mixed up emotions? Anyway, long story short,I went to my gp on Tuesday to ask for help getting through this. She went through a list of menopausal symptoms, i.e. Hot flushes, night sweats, heavy bleeding abdominal.cramps,tiredness, lack of interest in anything, tearful..I sat there nodding saying Yes to all of them. First thing she did was prescribe citalopram ( anti depressants) I was unsure about having these but I will try absolutely anything to not feel how I felt last weekend. I went for blood tests last Thursday to check oestrogen levels etc, going for another one tomorrow to check vitamin B12 levels, I'm not sure why, can anyone enlighten me on that? Ultrasound scan on Thursday then on 24th I see a gynae consultant. Oh joy ! Im so sorry to have rambled on so much Any advice would be wonderful Thank you for reading Jan xx
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