I haven't written for some time but I have found it helpful to read about your situations and I feel heartened by the cheerfulness and the bravery you show. It is 6 months since I had an operation for a subdural haematoma following symptoms that at first were thought could have been a stroke but after a CT scan were shown not to be. I was in a car accident two and half months previously which could have caused the haematoma and I am still waiting to visit an independent Neurosurgeon to find out if this is likely to be the cause.
I was sent home from hospital with just a sheet of paper and instructions that stitches should be removed a few days later and that no further hospital visits were needed. Some time later I had a phone call from the hospital to say that in future people would be counselled before leaving hospital and phoned up on a weekly basis to see how they were getting on after this operation. However this all depended on NHS funding and would not apply to me. I think there must have been other people, who like me, felt that they would have have liked more support and an explanation of what had been done. I have suffered from headaches and tinnitus since the operation.The headaches get worse towards evening. I have found the OT helpful but don't have difficulties walking etc. so I son't feel I can keep bothering her. I am never able to see the same GP twice and have had different advice from the three I have seen! I did ring the hospital to see if there was anyone I could speak to about medication but they said I should go back to the GP. However the Consultant's secretary did ring back later and my Consultant, who I have never met, had said he thought I ought to have a scan as I still have headaches. She said he would ring back with the results and speak to me. I had the scan and eventually after 3 weeks of waiting in he rang when I had popped out to say it was clear. I was sorry not to be able to talk to him.
I am going to see the GP who has been the most helpful on Tuesday for blood test results as I a have a high platelet count which shot up after the operation.
I have found going out for a walk, especially away from traffic, very helpful. Herbal tea helps me to get off to sleep but I usually have broken nights as I wake up after the paracetamol I take at night wears off!
Anyway I know there are a lot of people worse off than me. Thank you for all the helpful advice and Happy and Healthy New Year to you all