Guest csandlund Posted November 1, 2007 Share Posted November 1, 2007 I've just done a quick glance through the site and it looks like I share a date for my SAH with at least one other member: July 17. Unlike a lot of people here, my SAH was traumatic -- not related to an aneurysm. On that Tuesday, I'd just returned from a lovely two week vacation to the U.S. West Coast with my wife and kids. Back in New York, I went to play softball with my company's team. Being NY, we play on asphalt. I tripped going to catch a ball and next thing I know it's 4 hours later and I'm in the hospital. When I regained memory, I'd already had one CT scan and was going to undergo another. (Supposedly, I lost consciousness for <2 minutes. But I kept asking a colleague who accompanied me to the hospital what happened -- repeatedly asking him over four hours until my brain started holding onto memory, even if it still has a blank spot for those first four hours.) Wasn't until days later that I read the diagnosis on the release papers, Wikipedia'd SAH, eh, voila! I got a whole lot more concerned than I had been in the hospital. The rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale was just 14 -- so it was pretty mild. But I had no notion what an SAH was and how serious it could be. Obviously, I've come off very, very fortunate. From what I've read, and contrary to some of the info on this site, traumatic SAHs are more common than those from aneurysms. (Would appreciate steering me correct if I'm off base here.) They're also decidedly deadly/disabling (45-75%) -- but I suspect that's from car accidents and such. My tripping and head-smashing on the pavement was bad (almost as bad for my teammates to watch from what I hear!) but not nearly as forceful as a car crash at 50 miles per hour plus. I've generally felt better for the past few months with few if any physical after effects. Still, some things linger. I tried to have a beer a month later (past when my doctor asked me to hold off). I was out with my wife celebrating our anniversary. Half a pint in, I felt like I'd finished my third pint. Incredibly woozy. So much for alcohol. No great loss as I probably averaged no more than a couple of beers a month before the accident. Work, kids. I don't have much time for being hungover. I'm also avoiding aspirin and ibuprofen, again through doctor's orders. That was supposed to end in October, but I'm also wary of adding that back in -- as I am alcohol. Need to ask her about that. Worse, and why I'm showing up here now, I've been dealing with some pretty nasty depression/orneriness. I've noted a few postings around here including mention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Any assistance/directions along those lines much appreciated. Oh, and if you're interested, I'll post the entire story of what happened that day if I can dig up the email describing it to my family and friends. - Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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