Dramblys Posted January 24, 2018 Share Posted January 24, 2018 On New Years Eve (just over 3 weeks ago) my wife suffered a SAH from a very small ruptured aneurysm. She spent 15 days hospitalized (including 13 in NICU) and has now been home for 10 days. So far, we have been very fortunate: It occurred when I was home and could get medical attention quickly; the neurosurgeon came in to perform a coiling surgery in the wee hours of the morning on a holiday; there was no vasospasm. The only complication was cerebral salt wasting syndrome. She is having constant headaches, but has no impairments other than the common ones we're told are temporary: double vision, short-term memory and attention difficulty, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and intense emotional reactions. We have no close family in the immediate area except my elderly mother-in-law who needs care herself, but fortunately my employer has been very understanding so far of my absences, etc. Today is my third day working full-time since the SAH. My wife is a self-employed musician and we can manage fine financially without that income. (Of course emotionally, she needs to return to that activity.) The hospital that treated her is one of the best in the US, but once she was discharged it was a bit like being dropped off a cliff: All the intense attention ceased and it's not even clear who we should contact with questions. The discharge paperwork was unclear and in some cases contradictory. Mostly, I'm here looking for insight into how to stay a positive influence on her healing process, how to help calm her anxieties and not exacerbate them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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