Carole Posted November 23, 2011 Share Posted November 23, 2011 Hi everyone, I had an SAH just over three years ago now and have only just come across Behind the Gray. Mine happened whilst visiting my Dad in hospital. I just bent down to switch the tv off in the dayroom when I had, what I thought was a terrible headache coming on. I quickly realised it was not and the jarring pain in my head, shoulder and neck had me on the floor in seconds! Unfortunately, the hospital I was in was a geriatric altzheimers one and I had to have an ambulance to another one. Once they realised what it could be, I was transferred to yet another hospital (all in my home area). There I had a brain scan and the burst aneurism was discovered. For the next eight days, I was kept flat on my back in bed, with very little info given to my husband and family. My hearing was very sensitive, and every little noise was magnified. I was put on a fluid drip and encouraged to drink as much as possible, as this evidently helps. I was also light sensitive. The nursing staff and cleaners didn't seem very aware of my condition and if it wasn't for my husband and daughters taking it in turn to try to help and encourage me to eat, I wouldn't have had anything! On the seventh day, the consultant or surgeon came to see me and my husband at the bedside, and said an angiogram would be done and if I survived it, they would consider surgery. (all week doctors had been saying, "if she survives the next 24hours, we'll consider this, and if she survives after that, we'll do that"!!!) we had no encouragement or hope given, it was all very frightening and updating. After the surgery, it was obvious that it had worked, and although recovery seemed endless, I felt lightheaded with relief (as did my family and friends). I was sent home a week later, and although at that time, I could hardly walk and couldn't open my mouth more than about a quarter of an inch, I was very relieved! Since then, I have had no contact or check up from the hospital or doctor, and just had to get on with it myself. Sorry this is such a long first entry, but I felt I needed to get it off my chest! Thanks for listening and just being there. Carole. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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