johntaras Posted October 22, 2011 Share Posted October 22, 2011 TWO YEARS APPROACHING - HOW MY LIFE HAS CHANGED! I am approaching my two year anniversary and for people who did not know me before you would never know that I had suffered an SAH in November 2009. I have been very fortunate in my recovery but I have had too learn to moderate my life and the things I try and do. I have returned to work and managed to get back to five days before realising that that was too ambitious and I have had to drop down to four days. My role has changed dramatically at College and I do not travel as much as I used to before. Tasks take longer to achieve and have to be completed one at a time. If I try and do more than one thing at a time I forget details and my memory is not as good. I never used to take breaks during the day before but now I leave the desk for a coffee or screen break at regular intervals. I always stop for lunch and leave the desk. The days of working through lunch or having lunch while I am working are a thing of the past. My work now stays at College and does not come home with me. These are all changes that have had to be made to enable me to recover to the level that I have. I want to be able to work for another 10 years if I am able but it will be at a reduced rate. I also had to learn that it was no good pacing myself during the week at work if I then spent all weekend doing something and not having any rest before returning to work on Monday. You do not know what limitations you have until you start to live again. It was something I would never before have suggested pre SAH to reduce my hours to four days, but I was finding myself tired at the end of every day. Work have been fantastic and very supportive. My line managers and Team Manager have been great and continually monitor my workload and ensure that just because I am in the Office I do not get jobs loaded onto me by others. The decision to ask for reduced hours had to come from me; it was no good anyone telling me to do it as that would have had the opposite effect. I still get days when I have a niggling headache and I think, “Hello” what is this going to turn into? It is not helped by the total lack of memory of the event and following five weeks in Stoke hospital. I am waiting for my letter from Stoke to go for my two year MRI check up, to ensure the pesky annie has shrivelled up, the coiled annie is behaving and the shunt is still where its supposed to be and working well. Like a lot of fellow sufferers you do worry when there is an appointment looming, but there is nothing I can change about what happened and what I have been left with. I still think I have been fantastically lucky and wake up every day thinking so! Too all of you who may read this, stay positive the Brain is a marvellous organ and has tremendous powers of self recovery and rewiring capabilities. I have to believe this as the Doctors told me I should not be here, but here I am. But I have had to learn to be more sensible and listen to my body! Be safe and be well! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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