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About DebbieMcKenzie

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  • Birthday 07/04/1954


  • Biography
    I am married to Paul. 4 kids and 3 grandkids. Own a digital scrapbooking website.
  • Location
    Melbourne Australia
  • Interests
    Digital Scrapbooking, Mum to 4, Grandmother to 3
  • Occupation
    Part time Sales/Admin Floorcoverings store
  • SAH/Stroke Date
    19/06/09 ACOM Aneurysm coiled 23/06/09

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  1. Hi Jimble I had my SAH over 3 years ago now but I do remember, after coming home from the hospital, that I had severe twinges at the base of my spine going down my left leg. They were very painful but last only a brief time. I was told that it was the blood draining through the base of the spine. Fortunately for me the episodes went away over the space of a few weeks.
  2. Terry, I am in Melbourne Australia. Whilst I do not have the answer for you I would contact Fair Work Australia and have a talk to them about it. There are unfair dismissal laws that may apply to you. They will be able to help you out. http://www.fwa.gov.au/index.cfm Hugs Debbie
  3. Yes, I too have the hat on the head feeling although at first it was more like a tight rubber band around my head. I am 2 years post SAH and still get these feelings. I noticed it rather badly on the weekend when my hubby and I were looking at 3D televisions. I commented to him after having been using the 3D glasses that I had the tightening around my head again quite badly. I just put it down to my brain having to cope with the 3D effect. I have decided that 3D television is something that we won't be investing in in the near future as I don't think that my brain will be able to cope. But I
  4. I have 2 aneurysms. The one that ruptured is about 5mm in size and the other one that has since been coiled is only a couple of mm's in size. My bleed was classed as a grade 1 bleed, which is the least in a scale of 1 - 5. I have just uploaded some images from the angiogram that was done where you can see both of my aneurysms and coilings. I asked them at my latest checkup if I could have copies of all of my CT scans and angiograms and they very kindly burnt them on a CD. There are over 300 images. Here is the link to my album if you are interested in having a look. http://www.behindthegray.n
  5. Yes, I too have been having these occurances, and like you I just sit and wait them out now. The last one that I had was in December last year when I had my last angiogram. JIt happened just after they brought me back from the theatre and I was doing my mandatory 4 hour lying flat. I think I frightened the poor nurse that was looking after me as she had had no experience of anyone experiencing that before. I mentioned it when I went to see the consultant in January but they couldn't tell me what had caused it. As far as I am concerned I am quite sure that this is caused by the SAH, merely fo
  6. Hi Tracy I used to feel anxious all the time especially at night and couldn't really put a finger on it as to why I was anxious. I was so bad that I was also having panic attacks when I started back driving. But over time the anxiousness has disappeared. Hugs
  7. I am sorry I have not posted much lately. I think that life has got in the way a bit over the past few months. But I do pop in regularly to see how everyone is going. I had an angiogram just recently, my second one since my SAH in June 2009. I went to my follow up appointment on Monday and have been told that my two coiled aneurysms are totally occluded and that I will be having yearly MRI's now to keep an eye on everything. I will be going for my first MRI in a month or two, when they have sorted out the appointment. This one will be done as a reference MRI so that they can check for any c
  8. I have had both of my coilings and a follow up angiogram on the right side. I am going for a follow up angiogram on Thurs for my second coiling and have been told to tell the neuro radiologist that they have to do it on the left hand side this time. I suspect that the right hand side must have had all it can take. Since the last angiogram 12 months ago I have had a dull ache in the right side of my groin.
  9. Hi karen, I know how you feel re the vice feeling at the back of your head. It has been 12 months since my SAH and I still feel the occasional pressure at the back of my head. If I was trying to explain the pressure I was feeling to anyone I would liken it to having a very tight rubber band around my head. I also feel the trickling sensation. It's almost feels like my hair needs a good wash and I would love to give it a good scratch. I haven't received any counselling since my SAH but I sure wish I had done so. It has been a long hard road to travel on my own and I would recommend that if yo
  10. Well I am going to pit a spanner in the works. Down under here we have Vegemite. It is like Marmite but even better yum yum. Definitely Vegemite with cheese on toast. It is great for mouth ulcers too. But I am bit biased as my Dad managed the factory where they made Vegemite and we grew up on it as kids.
  11. I was actually having a cigarette when I had my SAH. And as I didn't go to the doctors until the next day I was still smoking up until that point. But once the SAH was diagnosed I haven't had a cigarette since. It has been almost 9 months now and I have only just started to not feel like a cigarette. My consultant also said that it can be a contributing cause to SAH and has also told my husband not to smoke near me as it is not good for me. But who knows! Personally now that I haven't been smoking for a while I am glad that I have given up as it can only cause health problems. But you really
  12. Good luck with your scan Karen. I hope everything goes well for you. Talking about studies, I have also found the forms that I signed for a study that they are carrying out in the US. The study is Familial Intracranial Aneurysm (FIA) Study - Phase 2. Quote ' The purpose of this research study is to identify possible genes that may increase the risk of stroke and specifically the development of aneurysms in blood vessels in the brain.' A total of 1400 people will be participating across America, Canada,Australia and New Zealand. Blood samples were taken and sent to the US for study.
  13. Hi Saffy, I had my first aneurysm coiled after it ruptured in June last year. They also found found an unruptured aneurysm which I had coiled in December last year. The coiling of the 2nd anerysm was so much easier as I didn't have the SAH to deal with as well. When I was told I had the second aneurysm and given the choice of having it coiled I was also told what the percentages were of it bursting. But I was also told that these percentages go up every year that you don't have it treated. I know it is a very hard decision to make but I wouldn't hesitate to have it done again as I now know th
  14. I am so sorry to hear that your meeting didn't go as planned Kel. I can understand how upset you are. I also think that you can't ease back into work in 2 weeks. I remember how hard it was for me. I think employers sometimes need a real good shaking. They are only worried about their own interests. I think you really need to get a letter from your Doctor what is an acceptable period for a phased return to work. Whilst my boss has been great with the phased in return to work after a few months he put me onto casual. I used to be on permanent part-time, only working the 3 days a week. Putting
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