modbod Posted February 6, 2008 Share Posted February 6, 2008 Hello, I'm Michael, a new member from Dublin, Ireland and I've found this site very useful and helpful. I am now 3 months after a SAH and have made a good recovery, thank God. I would like to set out my story below as it is therapeutic for me to do so and to avoid boring readers too much, I will try to be brief. I am a 59 year old retired accountant. The SAH happened, without warning, at 7am on 2 November 2007. I was in bed and my wife had already left the house but was due to return in about half an hour. I lifted my head from the pillow and bang, it hit me. I felt a very severe pain in my head. With hindsight, I also remember a warm wet sensation in my head, but at the time I didn't know what was happening. I remember getting up to the bathroom and vomiting a few times and putting my hands to the sides of my head and asking myself if this was how I was going to die. The most scary bit was a very unpleasant sensation spreading from the back, across the entire area of my head and the overwhelming feeling that I only had a short time before I became unconscious. I wondered if I'd have enough time to ring for an ambulance and haul myself downstairs to open the front door, to allow access for the ambulance guys, before I passed out. I picked up the nearest phone and rang 999 and asked for an ambulance. During the phone call, my condition stabilised and the feeling of immininent unconsciousness left me. I remember thinking that I did not particularly want to wake up the neighbours with the ambulance's siren and flashing lights. So I agreed with the chap on the phone that I would wait till my wife returned in 15 minutes and, if necessary I would then ring back. To cut a long story short, I survived the initial bleed. With my wife's help, I visited my GP later in the day but he only prescribed something for my tummy and paracetamol for my head. It was 2 days later, when my wife brought me back to the GP with a continuing very severe headache, that he sent me to the Mater Hospital where the SAH was diagnosed after a CT scan. I was then rushed by ambulance to the Neurosurgery Ward at the nearby Beamont Hospital. The next day they did preliminary surgery to confirm that the SAH was due to a ruptured aneurysm (in the anterior communicating arteries) and the following day, they operated again to coil the aneurysm. When I awoke after the op, the feeling of relief in my head was fantastic and they told me the op was a success and that I had been extremely lucky. Due to the excellence of the professionals at Beaumont Hospital and to the help of my wife, I have now pretty well recovered and have little or no long-term impairments (I think?). Considering the statistics on SAH, I feel very grateful to be alive and to have recovered so well. I did have a bad pain in my colon for about 7/8 weeks which I initially attributed to constipation caused by the nimodipine tablets, but which I later worried might be something more. In any event the pain is nearly gone now but I'm having it checked by a specialist in a few weeks just to be sure. I'm back driving since last Friday and that is wonderful. The feelings of fatigue and occasional dizzy spells are still there but I realise that a full recovery will take another few months. I have not smoked since the SAH and while the stint in hospital made this easier, the withdrawal pangs are very bad at times. I realise that if I smoke again I'm asking for trouble and that is mainly what is keeping me going. That and the help of my fantastic wife and the good wishes of many friends. It is great to have a website like this where people can share their experiences and I have found this to be of tremendous help in my recovery. Thanks and Best Wishes, Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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