Hello, My name is Phillippia Goodman and I lost my father in 1999 to a hemorrhagic aneurysm. It was Palm Sunday of that year my dad and other family members left church on that day dad seemed to be fine. He was his usual self that day he sang in the choir and everything and when he got home he complained of having a sinus headache. He was warming up dinner so that we all could eat. At that time it was my first time home because I live in VA and he lived in NC. I had just had his 2nd grandson and I was 2 weeks getting over a C-Section. So everyone was excited.
He motioned to me to come over to him and take the baby holding his head he explained to me that he had the worst sinus headache that he had ever had in his life. As I took the baby and lay him down I also told dad to sit in his recliner. By me being a medical assistant I immediately told him that I need to take his blood pressure. When I did take it his pressure was 246/146. With the tightening of the cuff sent him into immediate soaring pain.
I called the ambulance but by the time they got there he was crying and shaking. We (him and I) loaded into the back and the rest of the family drove. By the time we went about 1 mile from home he started to have a violent seizure so much so that the belt holding him on the stretcher snapped off in the belt. He at that moment coded out, they were able to do CPR and get his heart back started.
When we arrived at the hospital he was in a coma they then told us he had an aneurysm, he stayed in a coma for 2 days until he awoke. When he did we found that 1 of his pupils was blown and that he chewed off the tip of his tongue during the seizure. And he remembered nothing. For 2 weeks he stayed in the hospital with them trying to stabilize his soaring blood pressure but we didn't see any improvement or really no worsening,so we had him moved to The Medical College of VA.
From the time we arrived it was on a Thursday he had a tremendous team of doctors in Neurology they were fantastic. On Friday they did his first surgey and the next 2 days he was awake and talking for the first time. He had conversation of things in times past but couldn't remember too many things that recently happened, but that was ok.
He started PT on the next week trying to help him learn how to walk again he kinda had a drag on one side due to the stroke suffered. Just when we thought we were halfway out of the woods Dad suffered another aneurysm during PT. He was taken back into surgery for the 2nd time. They placed some cylinders on the vessel to maintain the rupture and gathered the family together to tell us what had to take place. Again a special Thank You to MCV Neurology team they are the best.
Well Dad pulled out of that operation also but he never regained consciousness. His brain started to swell more and more everyday until they had to drill 2 holes in to drain fluid through a shunt. Soon after about 3 days later Dads brain could not stop swelling and he lost his battle that he fought so hard to win. I think that he did a GREAT job of showing how not to give up even when circumstances seem to be unbeatable. By the way my son is now 4yrs. old and he is just like his granddad from his mannerisms to his unbelievable will to pick up where Pa-Pa left off.
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