Alara Posted January 9, 2018 Share Posted January 9, 2018 Hello, I survived a SAH which occurred almost 4 years ago. About a month prior to the SAH, apparently I had a sentinel bleed which doctors did not detect. I was out running early one morning when I went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. I spent 6 days in a medically induced coma as cardiologists tried to figure out what caused the arrest. No one checked my head. When I woke up in ICU, I had a constant awful (worst ever) headache, at times I had double vision and there was a whooshing sound in my head every time my heart would beat. When an MRI was done on my brain eight days after the arrest, nothing remarkable was seen. No one did a lumbar puncture to look for blood in my spinal fluid. I was given an implantable cardiac device in my chest and sent home. I was told that there was no apparent cause for the arrest. Two weeks later I had the SAH and had to have an endovascular coil. It has been a struggle. Many days I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland. Although cognitive testing indicates that I have some auditory ADD issues (while on meds for ADD, started after the SAH ), there is a huge difference in how my brain works now. If life were only like that dimly lit, quiet room where I was asked to do one task at a time then I would be successful with day to day responsibilities...... Now I get overwhelmed so easily, many sounds are excruciating, I get so fatigued so quickly. I used to be so organized but now I feel like I am always so scattered. I wish I could make peace with the new brain. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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