My father recently passed away from having two brain aneurysms, one that ruptured in his right temporal region, and the other that had not ruptured in the left temporal region. When daddy went into the hopsital, he had a bp of around 215/175, and he never had a stroke. He was then life flighted to Tulsa, OK; where the doctor told my family it could have been ruptured for 7-10 days. How he could still work and function, I will never know.
His signs were headaches, that turned very severe also with severe neck pain. He had surgery on the right side, and it went fine. The next day they did a coil and removed that one to. Through all of this he was sedated, but still tried to jump out of the SICU bed when my family talked to him. He was a tough man.
After the coil was done, he started to hemorage in the right where they did they surgery on the ruptured one. I am an EMT, so I payed close attention to his vitals. His bp started to raise pretty fast, and when the monitor was going off, no one would help. He also needed to be suctioned, and no one came to clean his ET tube. Resident doctors sitting around told me he wasn't their patient. This man was dying, and no one came to help.
When his pressure started dropping, while he was losing all neuro, his nurse finally came to the room, and said in the calmest voice, "oh, I think I'll have to code him." But, still yet no one could tell us where the hemorage was coming from or even attempted to investigate it. And that was the end of my daddy's life.
We sent him to the best of the best around my region, and if that's how they treat you, what is going on? It's just real hard for me to have seen how a critical patient was treated when I worked Emergency care for years. My dad was only 49. And now I'm just scared to death about my sister and myself. I don't want this to happen to us.
Update: 22 Sep 2003
A lot has changed in my life in the past couple months. I found this wonderful website with so many caring people. To all those special angels, you know who you are, THANK YOU!!!! I have been touched and blessed.
Yesterday was my daddy's birthday. My family had a little get together to remember our wonderful man!!! We had a great big lunch with nothing but great southern food. Then, my sister, mother, and I planted a cypress tree in my mom's yard. We planted it because it blooms in summer time, and it's a way to celebrate his life. We then went on to the cemetary and filled in his grave where it has sunk in. There has been a lot of rain, so we shoveled for a long time. We then made it look pretty. I made a wreath with fall colors for him, my mom and sister made floral arrangements. We also put an angel at his feet. It looks real nice.
We have just tried to go forward since all of the horror happened. And I believe we have done a great job. The 25th of September he will be gone 2 months. I still get sad at times, but I try to remember all the good times and fun we had when dad was still here.
I have written to my rep's and senators on more funding for research, and I was very proud to recieve a phone call from one of my reps office. She told me they are working on more funding for aneurysm research. I keep writing. We all can't stop until there is enough money, because I don't want millions of other people to go through what my family has gone through.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY "SKINNY LINNY"!!!!!!!
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