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Skippy last won the day on August 30

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About Skippy

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  • Birthday 15/04/1971

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    Happily married to a wonderful man, have an amazing, beautiful 21 year old daughter and a gorgeous Springer Spaniel called Buddy
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    Liverpool FC, MotoGP (Valentino Rossi), Music, Reading and Football (Liverpool)
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    25/08/06 Right Posterior Com Artery

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  1. Skippy


    Hi Todd and welcome Not had vertigo but in the early days looking down or bending over used to make me feel very sick and dizzy. May be worth getting in touch with your GP or Consultant for advice though.
  2. Vicky - there is a section on here regarding driving after SAH - take a look through that and you will find more information and maybe some advice.
  3. Hi John Lovely to hear from you. Agree with Tina, well done on three days a week - really happy for you xx
  4. Skippy

    2 year MRI scan

    I had two scans post SAH and both times saw my consultant after. Try not to worry too much, but like Macca said, it's better to safe than sorry.
  5. Skippy

    Ten Years Today

    Hey Colleen Congrats on the decade anniversary!! Definitely just a blip - and anyone can have a blip, not just cos they've had a bleed - so take heart in how well you've dealt with it on top of having a bleed. Well done you!! xx
  6. Hi Charlie Yes the horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach has definitely gone - there were times when I confused excitement with anxiety - like getting ready to go out in the early stages - now I realise that I was excited to go out and be "normal" again and not anxious. As for the head pain - yep definitely gone. I very rarely get headaches now and to be honest, when I do, they are mainly hormonal! Remember, your injury is to your brain - the one thing that can't stop working completely - the one thing we take for granted. It has a lot of healing to do and it can take a long time. Help it by resting when you can and drinking plenty of water. Also try not to get stressed or worry too much - easier said than done I know, but it does help a great deal. When your stressed or worried, you tense up and the muscles on your scalp tighten and can be the cause of the head aches. You're very early on in your recovery and remember, its a long road to recovery to but you can make as many pit stops along the way as you like.
  7. Hey Charlie One thing I learned very early on was not to set my stock by everyone else's stall i.e. just because your friend's baby was walking by one doesn't mean that yours is better or worse if they started before or after one. At five and half months I was a complete wreck. I had headaches every day, couldn't be left alone as I was too anxious and was having counselling. I hit the 1 year mark and it was as if a switch had been flicked. I stopped needed sleep during the day, I had more energy, the headaches had all but gone etc. We are all different and will recover at different rates. Key here is to listen to your body and make sure you stay hydrated. 12 years on and I work full time (37 hours a week) in a busy school office with half an hour break. Don't get me wrong, I come home some days with a headache or shattered but no where near as bad as I was 10 years ago say. I still notice improvements now and for me its because I'm keeping my brain active. At your stage is recovery I couldn't read a book because I'd forget where I got to the day before, so I started reading magazines and doing crosswords and word searches - it keeps the brain ticking but you're not exerting yourself physically. Do little things that work best for you - if you need to sleep, then sleep; if you want to walk, then walk. Baby steps can lead to huge leaps, you are in control of this, it's just figuring out the best "this" for you.
  8. Hey Joan Glad everything went well - perhaps you can refer to your anni as Spidey now (i.e. Spiderman ). Mine's called Monkey haha
  9. He was my consultant Bill, but his brother was the one that operated on me in Derriford, Plymouth.
  10. Hi there If this has become and issue for you, it may be worth taking a trip to the GP. Some people can manage on 4 hours a night - but I don't know how. Are you getting any more sleep during the day?? If so this may be the reason. I struggled but I was sleeping for up to 4 hours during the day and then struggled at night which just ended up being a vicious circle.
  11. Think its called "White Coat Syndrome" - my Doc told me that almost all patients' BP will be higher the first time its taken as we're all so worried about the results - when we see a Doc for BP test it naturally goes higher apparently, that's why some do it twice.
  12. Skippy

    Comeback - Bill

    Bill, glad that you've overcome some of the negativity that can surround a SAH and have come back to the fold, as it were x
  13. Skippy

    Comeback - Bill

    Yes, it was - she's back in Moorgreen, Eastwood now though.
  14. Agree with Super on this one - you sound like you are doing way too much. I'm 12 years post SAH and if I was doing all that you're doing, I'd have an almighty headache too. Most of us I think, have been cast aside once we're physically mended - it took a call to the crisis team from husband to get a doctor to look at me over a weekend and the my GP immediately referred me to a counsellor. As for the not being able to take painkillers, I really feel for you there - but these could be stress headaches - have you tried a cold pack on the forehead or the back of the neck? These work wonders for me when the painkillers don't touch the pain. The counselling - definitely recommend this route - I was all over the place emotionally after my SAH and decided on the counselling route rather than the drug route - cannot tell you how amazing it was to verbally off load my fear, anger and somewhat guilt to someone who was not emotionally attached to me - the ease on the headache front was amazing - literally like a load had been lifted. Try it, before dismissing it, you might be pleasantly surprised and somewhat relieved.
  15. Skippy


    Good idea to call him Kris - remember on BTG we can only give experienced thoughts and opinions, we cannot give medical advice and nothing stated here should be taken as given as we are all different - even your neurologist would not give the same advice and opinion to two different people.