Elizabeth47 Posted January 12, 2015 Share Posted January 12, 2015 My husband had subarachnoid bleed in late September 2014. They never found a cause. They kept him in ICU for observation for a week and then let him go home . The doc told him to stay home for 2 weeks and then do as much as he could handle... He had no deficits physically or mentally. My husband is a very busy surgeon in the states. (or was) He was a very type A personality. I never had to give him a to do list. Every weekend he was off he would have a list of 50 to 75 things to accomplish around our farm/house/with the kids, etc. Before this event, I could count on one hand the amount of times my husband actually sat on the couch to watch an entire football game... The couple of years before the incident were VERY stressful with things I don't want to get into. We are sure this caused the bleed, though there isn't any medical literature that says so. After 3 weeks he went back, though very slowly. November and December he wasn't even quite up to half time and his partners took over his call. ( He normally has to be on call 7 or 8 days each month, which normally includes a weekend each month.) Right now he generally either does surgeries until around lunchtime or sees patients in clinic until lunchtime ( though he only sees 8 to 10 rather than the 25 or so he used to see in a morning.) Surgeries are fine. Clinic however is horrible. He feels so slow and it gives him such a headache. He feels like his short term memory is worse. His partners covered call for 3 months, but now he is having to take it again. First time was ok, but the second time he was operating from 7am to 8pm and was completely wiped out. Sleep and stress are of course, a problem. At home, he doesn't do anymore projects and sits and rests A LOT. He's read more books in the last couple of months than in our 25 year marriage. His headaches and stamina are still bad. He had some more tests and went back to the neurologist in December who said it would get better with time and he would feel much better by January. NOT.... On the outside, he looks completely fine. We've looked at the medical literature and they go into what great outcomes those that have his type of bleed ( non aneurysmal ) do and yet it is about mortality not quality of life... The docs seem to have the attitude that since he is a surgeon, he will be just fine because he has the motivation and drive...... My husband feels like a wimp.... He is going back to talk to the neurologist, but I'm not looking for much help... Can you guys point me to any studies or literature or something or are we really just in uncharted territory.... Will it really continue to get better? His headaches, if anything, are worse... His stamina might be getting a little bit better... His partners would like answers. We are only in our 40's. I'm a homeschooling mom who has launched one and will launch another one in May. We will only have an 8th grader next year. I'm just at a loss..... Thanks for any help, Elizabeth 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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