Guest Mike84 Posted February 13, 2010 Share Posted February 13, 2010 Hi everyone, First off I just wanted to say thanks for the website, I’ve been reading around a bit and hope to make my way through all the information on here, it looks like it is going to be immensely helpful to me! I wanted to share my story with you all – I’m sure much of my experience is similar to others. The first thing to say is I am quite young – only 26 in fact, so I guess that places me in a bit of a unique position as these things go, always been healthy and never had any problems in that respect. My story starts on Christmas day 2009, I ring church bells as a hobby and was ringing for Christmas service at the time when I suddenly had a really bad pain in my head and neck and felt a bit dizzy. Fortunately one of my fellow ringers is a doctor and she told me that if I didn’t feel better to go to A and E. Well I took some paracetomol (as you do) and then drove to my parents house where I was due to have Christmas lunch (rest assured if I had known what had happened I would NOT have done this!). Thinking that I had just trapped a nerve or something similar I had a lie down but then felt progressively worse, so eventually I went to A and E with my mum. Well then I had a CT scan and was initially told that everything was fine and I could go home, this rapidly progressed to we are keeping you in overnight just in case to you have had a brain haemorrhage and then onto we need to transfer you to the regional specialists ASAP. In all I spent 7 days in hospital having further CT scans and then an angiogram, they never found an aneurysm so I was discharged never knowing what caused my SAH. During my time in hospital I think its safe to say my family were under quite a bit of stress I’m not sure how we will recover from what happened. After hospital I’ve progressed quite well and managed to be back in my own place a week later and then back at work 3 weeks after that (reading around I can see this may seem recklessly fast but it has been really important for me to feel “normal”, and my work have been very supportive). Physically I feel fine now, although I am fairly tired after work! I have plans to do a long distance walk later in the year and have managed to drum up lots of support for that. Emotionally I think it will take me some time to come to terms with what has happened, being young puts quite a slant on it – will I meet a partner, will I have kids and that kind of thing. I’ve also not gotten used to the reactions of other people, some people treat me like I am made of glass where as others are the complete opposite (one person even asked me if I was sure I had had an SAH and the hospital hadn’t just been humouring me!). I’ve also not gotten used to the things I’ve lost – like driving temporarily for example! Finally whilst the care I received in hospital was first class after patient care seems a bit lack lustre, initially I was told to expect a follow up appointment for 4 weeks which was then booked for March and has now slipped to the end of April – am I the only one to have found this kind of thing? Apologies for such a long message – such a lot to get off of my chest! I look forward to talking to you all over the coming months Mike Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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