Five years ago my husband Alan was in a motorcycle wreck. While at the hospital he started complaining of a headache so they ran a CT-Scan to check for a concussion. But instead they found an AVM.
During the next 6 months he went in for MRI's, an angiogram and finally radiation surgery. The neurosurgeon said they'd been having great luck with the radiation knocking out the AVM, but it would take 2-3 years for it to completely die off.
For 4 year, each year he went back for another MRI. Each year he was told that it wasn't changing much but we would wait for another year. Finally after the 4th year the surgeons did another angiogram to see if there was still blood flow.
In May of this year they performed a Gamma-Knife procedure on him. After this procedure he lost his peripheral vision for almost 1/2 hour and he felt really dizzy and nauseous. During the next couple months he complained about headaches, and feeling tingly on his left side and that he was real tired.
On August 13th he started getting a really bad headache, so severe he had me take him to the hospital. On the way to the hospital he had a seizure. By the time we reached the hospital (it was only 7 miles from our house), he was non-responsive.
The AVM had ruptured. It was located close to the spinal fluid cavity and surgery was not an option. The doctors were not ready to give up just yet, they took him into surgery and tried to get the fluid to drain, it would not cooperate. During the surgery, it started bleeding again. The next day it started draining really good, but during the night he had another rupture. By this time the doctors said there was very little brain activity.
My husband passed away on August 15th.
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