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17 July 2004
For weeks I had numbness in the arms and mild headaches. I went to the doctors and they took every test possible but it was not till they took the cat scan did they notice an aneurysm in the middle of my head. They sent me to a neurologist and he told me that I could have it clamped or I could wait as it was only 6mm.
I did not want to wait as I was 55 and I felt I could not handle the stress of wondering if it would burst. I also have panic and anxiety disorder. I decided to have him operate.
The operation was done on April 20, 2003. I was not afraid but only prayed that God would not let me come out of this without a memory of my loved ones and not as a burden to anyone. I do not remember anything about the next 7 days. My husband has told me some things and my sisters but I do not remember. You would think I would remember trying to eat tomato soup with a fork!!!
I lost my short term memory and for months I worked on recovering my memory. Notes and more notes. I could not remember some of the simple things I use to do like crocheting and crafts. I felt useless at times. But my husband and sisters never gave up on me and helped me through all the rough times.
It has been nearly 14 months now and I am doing just fine. I have my short term memory nearly all back. I am learning how to crochet all over again and I learned to live for today and give God all the glory and praise.
My story could be a longer one but I just don't feel worthy to say anymore after reading all the letters from others so much worse than I was. I am blessed and I want everyone to know that there is life after aneurysm. It is not easy at first but it gets better and better as time goes on. God bless everyone.
(Oh, does anyone out there now have a "DENT" in their head due to the surgery? I have one on my left top of the forehead. I don't really know why?)
Update: 26 July 2004
I wasn't sure before but I am almost positive now. I believe I may have another aneurysm. About 3 weeks ago, I started having headaches and numbness in my arms especially at night. Now I can't sleep unless I keep my arms straight down by my side. Same as before. 3 days ago I passed out and got a big black and blue mark out of it. I don't want to go through this all over again. The zillion tests and the most scary of them all was the post opt. test . I don't know what they call it but it is scary.
I am 56 and am thinking that maybe I will just live with the symptoms and forget seeing anyone. I need some input from people.
I want to take a moment and say thank you to Nancy B. She has been a true penpal friend.
Update: 31 August 2004
I want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who responded to me and let everyone know that I am doing something about my problem. I had a cat scan done and nothng showed up. They did the cat scan because of a severe headache I had for three days. Thdy gave me a shot which put me in LA LA land and sent me home.
My doctor has scheduled a stress test for Sept 1st. Then I don't know what will happen from there. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks again for all the support and love I have received.
Update: 25 September 2004
My left arm and shoulder has been hurting for three days and so I called my doctor and he told me to go to the ER. I did and they gave me two pain pills ( Percocet ). And they gave me a precription for pain pills also. They said it was either signs of a heart attack or a pinched nerve and I have to have a echo stress test done now. My arm still hurts even with the pain medicines.
I think what people say about our hospital is true. It is a Band-Aid hospital. If they even thought I was close to having a heart attack then why didn't they do blood work or an EKG or keep me there for observation. They are also concerned that I may have another aneurysm. How wonderful of them to send me home to worrry.
I pray that others in our wonderful family don't have hospitals such as ours here in Ogdensburg, NY. I will keep you all posted as to what happens. Thank you to all of you out there who email me and care so much. You all are truly Angels sent by God.
Update: 17 October 2004
I have put my tests on hold for a while because my husband had a hip replacement and things went wrong and now he has trouble walking and has to take therapy and is on a very dangerous drug called Coumadin and he need me right now to take care of him. He has 6 weeks left to go before they can help with his pinched nerve and hereniated disk in the back. Please keep him in you prayers.
Please everyone in the family pray for our friend Nancy Brown. She is a special lady and I know you would love her if you emailed her and have her a word of encouragement. Thank you all for all the wonderful support and may God bless each one of you and especially my one special friend She knows who she is , don't you, Linda. (smile)
Update: 28 November 2004
I missed my third scheduled stress test because I was in the hospital with the stomach flu. The stomach flu is the worst... I, at least, don't remember my surgery. I will be rescheduling my test on Monday.
I want to say thank you to all the wonderful email friends I have made and let everyone know that this is the greatest site since sliced bread. (grin). My email buddies and friends are just the greatest there could ever be. God bless all of you and keep you all in His arms of love. Will update soon.
Update: 3 December 2004
I had my stress echo test today and the doctor said my heart was fine. Now onward to other tests. But not till after Christmas. I am beginning to think that all I am getting are miagrams headaches or stress maybe.
Here is wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas a a blessed New Year. Anyone making any New Year's resolutions?
Update: 5 February 2005
I am very happy to tell everyone that all my tests have proven that I DO NOT have another aneurysm. My short term memory loss is getting much better and I don't have to use as many notes as I use to. I am very blessed and I am even more blessed to have this site and the many friends I have made.
I pray that 2005 will be a happy and joyful one for everyone on this wonderful site. I will keep in touch off and on if that is ok with all of you.
Update: 27 October 2005
What can I say, I still have short term memory loss but it is getting better every day. I have some good friends from here and I love them all. I still get headaches but doctors can't seem to find out why. They tell me another anurysm but I am not going to do anything about it right now. It is small and I will most likely outlive it. I trust is Jesus and know if I am meant to have another operation than He will lead me in that direction. I don't know what I would have done without my faith.
I wanted to wish everyone out there a HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND SOON (WAY TO SOON), HA HA A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS. BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU AND WILL POST AGAIN IN A FEW MONTHS.
Update: 4 October 2006
It has been three years since my surgery and I am doing fine. I still have headaches but the doctor's don't know why. I don't worry about it anymore, I just give it to Jesus and let Him handle it. My faith is what keeps me going.
I had wanted to post a new picture of me on this site but haven't figured out how yet. Anyone know how?
My short term memory loss is still noticable but I have come a long way with it. But because of the lose I lost some friends from this site. I only have one left who emails me nearly every day but nothing personal. It still helps to read her sayings and encourgaments. But I have a few friends on a site called my space. They don't have the problems I have or yous have but they try to understand.
Well, hope all is well with everyone and remember!! This is a new lease on life for us all and we should be thankful to have survived and so make something of your life. Help others and the reward you get is priceless.
Update: 16 January 2007
Just wanted to catch everyone who cares up to date on my life. I posted the narrative "Does anyone have a dent in their head." over three years ago. I am doing ok. I still have a lot of headaches and yet my reg. doctor does not seem concerned. I went back to see the neroulogest that preformed my aneurysm clip only one time after surgery. I was told I would not need to come back. This happened when I went back to have the stitches out.
I now understand that I should have gone back every year for a check up for at least 5 years. I am trying to get the doctors to take whatever test they need to make sure that all is ok in my head.
I go today to a nerosurgan over my bladder. It is failing me fast.
Keep me in your prayers and may God bless all of you. I love you all. To all you new commers welcome and you will not find a better place to find so many wonderful people in one spot.
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