Guest vicki74 Posted September 9, 2009 Share Posted September 9, 2009 (edited) Hi everyone 13th June 2009 is when my mum had her SAH. She is 56 and was at a karaoke party. She had been complaining of a muzzy headache for the past couple of days and i do remember telling her to stay at home if she didnt feel well but she loves karaoke so off she went. 9pm I'd just got out of the bath and was just about to sit on the sofa for a bit of TV watching when the phone started ringing. Mum's friend ( who's party it was) said 3 words i will never forget " Your mum's collapsed"... It took me about 10 seconds to throw all my clothes back on, throw the phone to my husband shouting at him to phone my sister, grab my bag and get in the car. It's about 15 miles to the friends house and it didnt take too long to get there ( didnt know my car could actually be driven that fast !!) The paramedics were already there when i abandoned my car in the middle of the road, lights left on etc.. Apparently my mum was having a panic attack !!! She was the first up to sing at the karaoke, she's done her song, given the mic back to the lady, turned round and just crumpled onto the floor where she was violently sick and screaming about the pain in her neck... some panic attack. After a few minutes it was decided she was being taken to Medway hospital. I made sure she was safely in the ambulance then flew to pick up my sister. When we got to Medway Dad told us mums BP had gone right up to 247 and she had died in the ambulance. She was blue lighted and bagged the rest of the journey. At Medway she was given a scan which showed a massive SAH had occured. My world almost ended when I heard those words. Eventually we were allowed into the Crash room of A&E to see her before she was transferred to Kings College Hospital in London where they were waiting to operate. Seeing my mum lying there covered in wires with a tube down her throat was awful, she had been put under heavy sedation. .... Eventually at 3.30am she was blue lighted to Kings where a surgeon was waiting to insert a drain into the top of her head to drain the blood from around her brain. The next day was a Sunday. She had scan after scan and we were told they were looking to see if a new aneurysm had formed as this is, apparently, very common.. " Nothing to report, we can't see anything there" they said.. Well the surgeon comes to work Monday morning, takes one look at the scans and re-scans her a bit lower and sitting there at the top of the spine was another aneurysm. She is then prepped for an angiogram to coil it and down she went. 2 hours later she is back with the news that it was unsuccessful. An hour later she goes down again to have it clipped but the nerves were wrapped around it so it got complicated. 6.5 hours later at 11.30pm she comes back. It was successful and all she has to do is recover. Recovery has/is taking so long. She was in ICU for weeks on end, she ended up with a serious lung infection from being intubated for a week so a trachi was put in. She has also had a feeding peg inserted into her stomach. She is still in hospital and it will be 13 weeks this Saturday coming... The trachi was finally removed yesterday and if she copes well with it for 24 hours then it's staying out. She is still practically bed ridden and doesnt seem to want to help herself. She has, at least, put back on some of the weight she had lost. She isn't back to normal yet and she is doing things she would never normally do. I know recovery can take years so hopefully she will get there in the end. Her swallow is getting stronger which is great ( the nerves were damaged during the clipping) and she says she could kill for a cup of coffee lol. She has full mobility in her limbs but has so much muscle wastage she finds it very tiring doing her physio. Ive been reading through everyone's stories and have found them very helpful and comforting. Edited September 9, 2009 by vicki74 daughter clicked submit before i'd finished Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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