gaynor Posted September 15, 2011 Share Posted September 15, 2011 Hi ya Peeps. My name is Gaynor, I’m a 40 yr. young mother to Mollie aged 8 and wifey to Darren, we are Brits but are presently in the USA, where my unruptured Aneurysms story begins. Within a month or so of arriving in the states I had begun to feel a little weird after gym sessions, weird as in, numbness on my left side, confused and slurred speech but no major head hurty as I had previously experienced with migraines in the past, just a general feeling of fatigue and unwellness, and that something was very not right. Sooooo off I popped to a walk in medical centre on the side of the road, who in turn sent me to a neurologist, who was thankfully test happy (or was it that I happened to have great medical insurance ) Anywho...after a MRI, EGG, sleep test, electric paddy things stuck to my head he decided to send me for a, further MRI with contrast as he had originally saw something he was not too happy with, and these results showed that I had cholesterol plaque on the brain, and some white matter which indicated migraine traumas but no major stroke indication, so all was good, "oh and also 2 aneurysms, one was not so bad but one needs treatment.” Okey dokey" says I, what kind of medicine should I take for these thingymagysms. Yep, I am one of the fortunate who had never heard of an aneurysm or its dangers and from the casualness of the doctor nor did he, or was it as he so nicely put it. "Not in his field so I would need to get in touch with a Neurosurgeon, and would I like some Xanax, sleeping pills or seizure meds!!!!! So doing what any other ignorant receiver of aneurysms results does I went to TGI Fridays, Hey, I thought I'd gotten off lightly with my Thingymagysms and a gals gotta eat right? So on waiting for my lunch I opened up the ol lap top and googled ANEURYSMS....and yes my whole world fell apart.. along with my appetite. (There should be a law about googling a condition / illness we are diagnosed with that we know nothing about, why we do it to ourselves i know not!!!, especially when in a foreign country, okay so the USA may speak English but believe you me, What I was reading from the net was not a language I was familiar with, survival statistics of these evil isms and the damage a ruptured aneurysm can cause, led me to wonder if survival was the best option, and I know that sounds terrible and worthy of a tut tut...but once fear set in, all positive thinking slipped out. Well I guess the most fortunate thing that happened next after the discovery of my UN ruptured Annie was the rapid speed of how things progressed, as once I had contacted the In vascular neurosurgeon (aka my Hero) that very afternoon, just 1 week later (April 6th 2011) I was on the operating slab having my 8mm right ICA "Annie" (such a nicer word don't ya think) coiled, as although it was not considered very large, it was located on a branched artery very deep inside the brain and looked as though it may well be on the way to rupture or may indeed have become leaky, and in this location it could be fatal. They also discovered a 2nd Annie which is 4mm but at that time the risk of surgery outweighed the risk of leaving it be and monitoring it. ( So wish they could have sorted it there and then...kinda like a 2 for 1 deal whilst ya poking around .) But hey I am here now and although I now get tired and headaches that i did not get before, I am slowly but surely getting back to the pre Annie me or reaching my goal of the New post Annie Me. And as time goes on I can even go a few days without thinking of the 2nd Annie I am babysitting, and even on the days that I do, I try not to think of it as a ticking time bomb, but as an alarm clock with a wakeup call to live each day to the best that I can. And look forward to special occasions with my hubby and daughter and know that i am truly blessed. But please don't be fooled as Mary Poppins I ain't, and I too on occasion have my own pity party, where life is soooo not fair and I don't feel grateful to be an Annie Survivor and have thoughts of WHY ME? ..., But today is a good day so Hi and goodbye, this is my story and Best wishes to each and every one of you Gaynor x 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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