I underwent a craniotomy on February 28th for removal of an anterior communication (in tact) aneurysm. This aneurysm was resting on my optic nerve. The surgery went well, and I was out of the hospital on the following Monday.
The stitches ( approximately 5) were removed on Wednesday, and I am now in the throws of recuperation. There is very little pain, although most of it stems from a muscle removal from my temple which was done in order to have better access to the area of the surgery.
My main symptom has been extreme irritability and frustration. Other than the normal lack of energy, I am lashing out , critical, and unusually negative. This is totally the opposite of my personality before the surgery. Are these symptoms normal after this type of surgery, and if so, what can I do to get rid of them??
I am a healthy 54 year old married female with a very good career. I have been told not to drive or go back to work for four weeks.
Please reply. Thank you.
Update: 18 Mar 2003
The anger and frustration is still with me, but with some diminishment. The main wall I am having to climb is the ENERGY LEVEL WALL. This will most likely be a struggle. However, I have had many encouraging emails from members of this website. It is also comforting to know that I am not the only person in the world that has had to undergo this aneurysm issue.
Did I tell you that the surgeon told me that the aneursym was so thin, he could see the blood pulsate in it as my heart was beating. I am very lucky...very lucky.
Update: 20 Mar 2003
Today, I went back for a second follow-up checkup with the neurosurgeon. My scar on my head, giving some competition to the bride of Frankenstein, is healing well, and after reading my first posting on this website, I need to correct the number of stitches that I received, it was not five, but 55.
My anger has subsided, but I continue to fight the energy war. Could it be that during the surgery they implanted tons of steel in my legs....that is what it feels like when i walk.
Thank you for all the support on this website. I can now drive a car.....that is a very dangerous aspect in this city for anyone. The time and date of returning to work is up in the air, and will be confirmed on my next appointment in April.
With a great talented neurosurgeon, support of my wonderful husband, and great love for my family, this has been an adventure, but one which may have a happy ending. THANKS FOR THIS WEBSITE AND A PLACE TO VENT, TALK TO OTHERS WITH SIMILAR LIFE STORIES.
KEEP UP THE E MAILS.
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