Bman250 Posted September 11, 2015 Share Posted September 11, 2015 Hi all, I was very fortunate to have a volunteer stop by when I was in rehab and she told me of this site before I left the hospital. I immediately joined the site when I got home and have been a silent member for 9 months now, having read many posts and followed many of your journeys and have found solace and encouragement from all of you thank you so much. I'm not sure why I waited so long to tell my story but better late than never. This past New Years Eve my wife and I were planning on heading to the southern part of our state, Ohio to a popular area known as Hocking Hills for the New Year. I was going to go into work for a half day and cut out early so we could get a start on the holiday. I was in the shower when my burst annuerysm occured I had no idea what was happening the veil came down and suddenly I was on the floor of the shower struggling to get out and call for help. It was all a blur from there I don't remember much just what my wife, Trish has recounted for me. A SAH and two subsequent strokes upon the repair. I consider myself a walking miracle and so fortunate to have had the wonderful care at University Hospitals Neuro unit in Cleveland.. Yes I said University Hospital not the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bambakidis and his staff saved my life. NCU for two weeks then two weeks in Akron City Hospital's rehab unit. I can't say enough about both facilites. I am 9 months out now and still recovering. I didn't return to work since I was so close to retirement and rehabilitation is full time work anyhow. All you souls that are younger and have jobs and children, I commend you for your bravery and perseverance. I'm having a hard enough time worrying about me. I too have had many of the after affects that I have read about here and feel so fortunate for having had this site to refer to and realize this is all part of the healing process. Everything from the fatigue, head aches, disruptive sleep patterns and moments of what I call fugue which I can't really describe other than the feeling of detachment and not feeling in total control as I'm sure you all can relate. I owe my life and successful recovery to my lovely wife, Trish. What I have put her through! She never left the hospital when I was in NCU, meeting with the staff every morning and monitoring my progress or lack thereof. I gave her such a scare and can remember being not a very good patient. She has helped through my rehab and recovery at home. To the point where I am driving now and probably have recovered 75% of my lost physicality. I haven't mentioned the fact that my wife is in pain management from a 4 level fusion in her neck due to an auto accident so we kid each other about who is the worst of the walking wounded and what a great pair we make. I am so lucky in so many ways to have had the love and care and encouragement from family and friends. Had my first follow up MRA last month and came back with flying colors. We finally made it to Hocking Hills a few weeks ago for my 63rd birthday and had a celebration of life! So thankful! This recovery is a constant process and challenge. It has taught me focus, patience, perseverance and has tested my resolve to the core. I can honestly say I am glad to have gone through this experience. It made me aware of how important our loving relationships are and the care and outpouring of support from so many people was very moving. I can't say enough about the power of prayer and how impotant the will of our innerselves can affect the outcome of the most dire situations. Thanks for listening and thanks to all of you who have made my recovery easier. Bill C 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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