Hello my name is Andy. My wife is writing this for me since I don't remember a lot of what happened. We were married on 1/22/03 on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We had a wonderful time and it even snowed on the beach while we were there.
I believe that my aneurysm started on Valentines Day. We were having a wonderful morning being newlyweds. As I got up, I had a very bad headache. Then I started vomiting. Since the flu was going around that is what we both thought it was. I wouldn't let my girls come over that weekend in case it was the flu. Then I started bouncing off the walls. I slept most of the time. My wife became concerned and called the doctor. I saw him on that Tuesday. He agreed that he thought it was the flu also. And gave me medication for the vomiting. The headaches had subsided.
I went back to see him on that Friday. Everything seemed to be ok and told my wife that if she noticed anything unusual to call him. Well, I went to work on Monday and then on Tuesday had to have my boss bring me home around lunch time. I couldn't stand the headache. My wife called the doctor and he order a CT scan the next day. They found what they thought was a tumor and put me in the hospital immediately. They called in neuro guys and had to transfer me to a hospital down the road that could handle this. I was scheduled for surgery on 2/28 and they found the aneurysm behind my right eye. It had already burst and the blood was what they were seeing and thought was a tumor. That got clipped off and everything seemed to be fine.
Then on Sunday 3/2 my brain started swelling. When they found me in ICU, I was already going into a coma (during shift change). They rushed me to surgery again and took out the bone flap to relieve the pressure and allow my brain to have room to swell. According to my wife, I was awful. Real mean and hateful. But I don't remember anything of what I said and done. I said a lot of hurtful things to her and my girls. They told me I was very lucky and someone upstairs was holding my hand. I almost died twice. I finally made it to a room and still real mean. Then I went to rehab hospital for a week. They didn't think I would ever walk, speak or see again. I have proved them wrong. I can walk with directions and speak and think as normal. Since the aneurysm was behind my right eye, I have trouble with seeing things on my left side. I have trouble getting my brain to tell me what I am seeing. I have been to an eye doctor and they can't find anything wrong with my eyes. The only damage that seems to be is that the nerves behind my eye was damaged and I have to learn basically how to read and write again. Not that I have to think and know what I want to do, it's that my brain has to be retrained for it to tell me what I am seeing. This is very frustrating for me since I am a very active man with two girls that I spent a lot of time with doing things. I can't drive and get tired easily. My wife has to take me everywhere.
I have rehab three times a week and they tell me I am making progress. I have bouts of depression. My wife had to call my preacher to help her with the situation. He has helped. God and Jesus are my saviors. I wouldn't be this far without THEM.
If there is anyone out there that is having trouble with the sight or any other inspiring help, please email me. I am looking for someone that is having or have had the same sight problems. I am very discouraged about getting back to my life.
God bless each and every one of you.
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