My name is Dawn. A month ago my left pupil dilated for about 5 hours one a day. Frightened as anyone would of been to see something so strange, I had a physician I work with take a look at it. They documented it and sent me to my primary care physician. By the time I had gotten to her office it was down. She looked at things in my chart that I had complained about, headaches, neck aches...so she sent me for an MRI of my cervical spine. This showed that I had a herniated disk and spondylosis, a degenerative disease. Then I was sent to see a neurosurgeon who said I would inevitably need surgery.
A couple weeks had passed and I am then seeing a second neurosurgeon for his opinion and he agreed with the first regarding my neck but said "I don't believe that your pupil dilated because of your neck..let me send you for an MRI of your brain." Last monday I went and then by Wednesday, April 25, I was getting a call to come to the neurosurgeon's office immediately. They found something on the MRI of my brain that they wanted to confirm via angiogram. (A terribly painful procedure for anyone whose had one of the brain..in my opinion). They confirmed that I have an aneurysm near my eye nerves. They said something must have changed in it and it leaned on the nerves for my eye. Because of this change in it, they needed to do something right away.
I was admitted wednesday night and Thursday had a procedure called "coiling" performed. They went in my groin via my main artery and went up to my brain and they shoot titanium coils into the aneurysm..this is suppose to block off the route. Of course it was scary because they had to inform me of the potential for the aneurysm swelling and possibly causing damage to the nerves in my eyes...then of course the being afraid of death, stroke, blindness...but I have to thank God above that the operation went well.
I was discharged out of ICU on Sunday and I have my sight and no complications as of yet. It's taking me time to get my strength back most likely from all the meds and just laying for days. But in the light of things to sit here and tell about it and that now my life is in God's hands and he has a purpose for this part now....it's obvious. I've learned that the people in my life are my shinning stars and the way we fuss over such little stuff is so insignificant when you look at how fragile life really is and how quickly it can be gone. Or ....how lucky you are that somebody upstairs said ..not yet for you....Yes I'm scared...Yes it's a mental process as well....I just keep believing in a God more powerful than all else.
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