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Hello all,

 

My real name is Chris but my nickname is Berger.  I suffered a SAH on 12/17/14.  My story doesn't seem so unique having read many others on this forum.  I do find a strange comfort in reading the stories of those who understand, there are so many people who don't.   

 

I'm 48, an artist and very physically active,,, or at least I was.  I train in a boxing gym 5-6 days a week and while finishing my workout a pain I've never experienced dropped me to my knees.  I've explained it to others as a high speed drill boring straight into my head.  Luckily my boys (friends) took notice and brought me to the ER where I passed out after vomiting.  When I woke up I was told a CT scan had shown a bleed and I was off to a Neuro Hospital.  An angiogram was performed but they could not locate where the bleed had originated. After 7 days in the ICU with tubes sticking out of me and enough morphine to drop a horse I was released. Christmas Eve to be exact, how's that for a Christmas present?

 

I spent 2 weeks recovering in my families care and have just recently returned home.  I live alone and am trying to assimilate back to a normal routine.  I must have had an angel on my back as I don't believe my condition is as severe as many others on this site. The headaches, fatigue and short term memory loss can be a little overwhelming at times but seem to be a common thread while healing.  I'm slowly getting back to sculpting and have recently started to exercise again.  I'm very grateful to be alive and this experience has certainly given me a moment to pause and think about what's really important.

 

Thankful for this site and wishing everyone a speedy recovery  :)

 

 

 

 

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Hi Chris (Berger) a very warm welcome to BTG :)

 

Very early days for you, glad you are taking things slowly and listening to your body.

Great to read you are getting back to sculpting and exercising again.

When something happens like this it sure does make you appreciate life & what's really important. 

Glad you found us, look forward to hearing more from you.

Wishing you a speedy recovery too.

 

Take care :)

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Hi Chris,

 

Welcome to BTG!

 

I note you are getting back to exercising - please do it under medical supervision. After a SAH your body will have its own way of telling you when you have done too much, and it isn't pleasant, so be careful.

 

Even if you think you can do more, stick to a careful plan, worked out in conjunction with your doctor/hospital and don't step outside of those boundaries.  I'm glad you have made such a good recovery so early on, but it is still early days.

 

There are endless stories of sports stars who come back from injury too early and then break down and are out for longer than they originally though they would be!

 

A brain injury isn't something to be trifled with so take care and very good luck to you!

 

Macca

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Hi Chris! What a way to end 2014, wasn't it?  I'm sorry for your pain but very glad you are home and mending while trying to get back to your life as you enjoyed before sah.  I love love love art people and am so glad that you're back at that.  I will admit to worrying about you're working out however.  Please ease back in gently and, as Macca said, maybe it would be great to discuss with your doc.  

Thanks for speedy recovery wishes and I wish the same for you.  

Take care...be well...keep in touch.

Carolynusa

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Hi Chris,

My source of the bleed was never found either. I do believe there were angels watching you and here you are. I am glad you are moving around but take care not to overdo. I did in the beginning and your body can force you to slow down. Art is a great source of healing so it will be interesting to see what you sculpt in the future.

Take care.

I

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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome and the advice it's greatly appreciated.  The gym for me is like church so just being there is therapeutic.  There's a great camaraderie amongst  the guys I train with and I credit them for saving my life.  Unfortunately boxing is over for me now but I hope to someday get back to training on some level.  BABY STEPS...

 

This site has been very helpful to me.  As I read more stories and gather information I'm starting to feel more grounded and secure.  When I first left the hospital I didn't really have much information.  My Neuro Surgeon gave me the basics, there was no clipping or coiling done so there was nothing more he could do.  I'll be seeing a Neurologist soon and have a nice long list of questions when we meet.

 

Best to all

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