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hi everyone, im 56 years of age i live with my husband .i had my SAH on the 17th july 2011. it was a sunday afternoon when it happened and my husband took me to A/E i felt really ill ,my head was hurting so much and my neck. because the staff said ill have to wait my turn to be seen . but if ive got chest pain they will see me straight away. so i waited and waited.then i did something really silly. i went home. because i thought it cant be serious. i went straight to bed and i was being sick in the night. after 2 days feeling ill i went to the doctors ,and he said i had a bleed in the brain so i then went to the hospital,had a brain scan and then tranfered to coventy where i stayed for 3 weeks. i didnt know at the time but i had high blood pressure. im now on blood pressure tablets for life. i now get very confussed, when i talk, i know what i want to say but then i say the wrong word. but im still here and alive.

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Hi Fancydancer,

Welcome to BTG.

You've done really well to get on this site so quickly.

This site is a wealth of info and advice, it's great to talk to people who know what you're going through. It's been a godsend to me.

It's such early days in your recovery yet.

The best bit of advice a got from this site was to not compare myself to how I was before SAH but to how I am since being in hospital and early recovery.

I am almost a year into recovery, I struggle with my words,short term memory is rubbish and I have vision problems. But hey, I cherish every day.

Also some good advice is rest,rest and more rest. And drink water, water and then some more water!

Did you have coiling or clipping,

I wish you well in your recovery.

SarahLou Xx

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Hi there

Warm welcome to the site.

You have done well getting here so quickly, your still very early in your recovery the confusion when your speaking will slowly improve try not to worry too much about that, remember its your brain thats been injured not the likes of a limb that heals quicker.....

hope to hear more from you...

take care

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Hi fancydancer. Welcome to BTG. Isn't it so annoying that A&E only see chest pains as serious, don't blame yourself for leaving - many of us on here were actually seen by the medical profession and still turned away - so staff at A&E 'check-in' need their awareness raising too by the sounds of it.

The wrong words coming out is quite common following a sah - the passage of time has helped me with that - it' really early days at the moment for you, so your brain will need a lot of rest to help it's recovery. There is a lot of combined experience on this site, so don't hesitate to ask questions if anything is bothering you. A list of questions is always helpful to take along to your follow up appointment too. I wish you all the best,


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Welcome to BTG.....I was so happy when I came out of the dreamworld I was in......My Family have been the ones who have been thru the mill

Seriously I am really happy that I am alive and can see my daughter and hubby again..They are my life ......

If you feel down just think of your family Brothers Sisters and all ....

Glad of my Family ...sorry hospital didn't recognise your symptoms straight off really ....but we are here....yeah !!!!!!

Keep smiling if possible xx I always forgot others names so its just me lol so don't worry and sing x


WinB143 x

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Hello Fancydancer

This website has been a godsend to me since I found it and I hope it will be for you too. I was 6 months post SAH when I found it, you've done really well to find it so soon. I read all the 'My storys' and cried at some of them, it all seemed to put things in perspective.

I had my SAH May 2007, was taken to Worcester Hosp and then blue-lighted to Coventry where I too stayed for 3 weeks.

You have to be very patient and treat yourself kindly for quite some time. Your body will tell you when you need a rest, so plenty of rest and 2-3 litres of water a day.

I remember the Specialist telling me it would be 2 years for the maximum recovery which seems ages when it is the future but looking back it seems no time at all.

Good luck to you Anne x:-D

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Hi Fancydancer, welcome to BTG. This is a great place for support and information. Don't beat yourself up over going home from A&E. It's very unfortunate that the clinicians didn't recognize your symptoms as a brain bleed and take you in immediately.

Get lots of rest, give your brain quiet time, and don't expect too much too soon. It takes time and it seems there is nothing we can do to speed up recovery except rest.

I'm over 9 months into recovery now and I've definatley made progress. It does get better.

Sandi K. Xo

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hi everyone

thank you all for welcoming me on the site.

my daughter was the one who had a look round on the net and found this site for me. she said it would help me., and reading some of the stories ,i can relate to them,and it has helped ,i dont feel on my own. i had a angiogram 3 times. the last time i had it i came out with a rash. . i didnt need a coil or clipping. it was all down to me having high blood presure. im still getting headahes but i do get a pain in my one eye, i dont know if thats anything to do with SAH.

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Hi FD,

Did you have the pain in your eye before your SAH? Talk to your GP about it. It's good to have regular follow up appointments with your GP to discuss the symptoms as they arise. I see mine at least monthly and most times all she can do for me is write another doctor's note for work saying I'm not ready for full-time yet. She does refer me to specialists when I need them. Maybe your GP will refer you to an eye specialist.

I had high BP after my bleed but we don't know if it was high leading up to my bleed. We don't know if high BP caused my bleed. We don't know if brain edema or the stress of the bleed caused the high BP after the bleed. Now my BP is great, 105/60. I haven't been at work very much, I have little stress in my life compared to before, I'm eating a low sugar and low sodium diet, and I'm back to getting a bit of excercise. I just know that I never want high BP again!

Take care,

Sandi K. Xo

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Hi FD,

Pleased to welcome you to the BTG board. I hope you take the given advice and go to your GP to see what the headaches are about.

You live in the lovely City of Worchester, I lived there for a few years myself. In a place just outside called Lowerwick.There was a local dairy over the main road, called Bennetts, I think it was called Happy Memories of times spent around there.

Take care.

Love Sonia xxxx

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FancyDancer -

Welcome to BTG. I'm sure you'll find tons of help here through many links of information, reading stories and discussions, and most importantly - great support from people who've gone through a SAH, just like you.

Love your name - reminds me of many pow wows I've attended here in the US. During the grand entrances, the Fancy Dancers come in and celebrate the opening of the gathering :)

Look forward to hearing more from you!


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