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Inez
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On 13th Dec 2012 about 7.45am my pot of coffee was ready, so I went through the morning routine thinking about planning my small business with coffee in hand when BANG! My head pounded. I have never really suffered from bad headaches so I thought I was having my first migraine. I couldn’t understand why I was being so sick and the light was also killing my eyes so I then lay down for about 30 mins. Luckily I’ve got Sky tv and lying there I remembered an American medical show about hidden diagnosis I'd been watching and which made me think - 'I'd better just make sure this is just a migraine'. Not wanting to bother anyone, I phoned NHS Direct (I've always got the number on my phone 0845 46 47) where a nice Chap asked me a couple of questions, one of them being ‘is your neck stiff?’ I tried to move it but it hurt like hell! He then said 'I want you to hang up the phone an ambulance is on its way!' Blimey, all this hassle for a migraine. The ambulance arrived in less than 5 minutes! I got taken to Torbay Hospital by which time I was being really sick, I started getting scared when I'd jumped the queue for a scan and then a group of serious looking Doctors came up to me, one said 'don't be alarmed but you have a bleed on the brain and you’re being taken to Derriford Hospital for specialist treatment'. What a shock! I kept thinking if I’ve had a stroke why I am still moving and talking?

There I was scanned again and told I have three aneurysms in my brain, one of which had ruptured resulting in a subarachnoid haemorrhage. At 8 the next morning I was coiled through my groin and I only spent 11 days on the ward and I was home for Christmas albeit a very very quiet Christmas.

In the past I’ve had some dreadful experiences of being in hospitals when I was living in London, so I became terrified of them but to the full credit of all the staff involved here in Devon , from the NHS Advisor on the phone to the Paramedics to the Doctors and Nurses at Torbay and Derriford Hospitals, I was totally reassured. They have all been amazing and I feel extremely lucky that I am not dead or disabled.

So now I am awaiting news on 'Sid and Nancy' my other troublesome aneurysms as to what treatment they'll need.

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Thanks for sharing your story. It's nice to hear that the medical professionals were on the ball in your hour of need.

In fact it's one of the few stories I've read on here whereby they have been so efficient. Their swift action is what you would expect in a medical emergency - unfortunately, in my case, both the paramedics and NHS Direct were useless. But despite a 6 day delay in getting to hospital, I too am grateful to be here to tell the tale.

I hope you're not waiting too long before you learn more about Sid and Nancy!

Take care,

Sarah

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I'm so sorry they failed you, but I feel I was unduly lucky. So many things could have gone wrong so I do feel you. I have contacted NHS Direct to pass on my gratitude to the Guy I spoke to and to make sure that ALL their Advisors respond in the same way as my one did. So I hope my messages got through.

Stay strong.

Inez

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Hi Inez :biggrin:

Welcome to BTG! It's a great site with super people who know what you're going through. We're all here to help one another as we go through recovery.

So happy to hear you were treated appropriately and all staff members helped you get what you needed immediately!

Hope you hear soon, as to how Sid and Nancy will be handled.

Please keep us posted.

Looking forward to hearing more from you. Take good care in the mean time!!!

Hugs,

Carolyn

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It's a great comfort to see such reassuring People with their stories on here.

I'm sure I'm not the only one that's done something similar, but I've just looked in a bookshop window at a book about a cat and almost burst out crying! I hope that doesn't happen too often.

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:lol: I had to giggle as yes, been there, done that. my personal Achilles emotional heel is babies. Only need to waft one near me and I cry, like a baby in fact. As Cats are indeed cuter than some babies they're worth a sob or two. Tears are healing , so if a sad cat story makes you feel like you want to cry then my advice is let them flow.

Pleased to meet you. Glad you're doing well.

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Hi so glad they got you sorted. I wonder if my massive complaint I put in to nhs direct and 8 doctors in total has made them sit up and realise. I went 3 week and saw 8 dr before I was diagnosed plus calls to nhs direct. I hope a memo got sent round to advise that they should take quick action. Their misdiagnosis has resulted in me questioning every little thing they do now and made me into a nevous wreck and had a sizable blood clot sat in my head for the 3 week causing scar tissue and epelipsy killing off brain cells cos noone acted quick enough. I am glad you got sorted quick and hope its taught the idiots a lesson x x

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Hi.. so glad they were on the ball for you, unfortunately I can't say the same, although I'm so grateful to the neuro surgeon for saving me. I'm quite new too, my Sah was 3 months ago. Sorry to read about the other annis.

Take care.

Lisa x

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