Can I start by explaining the back ground to writing this? I travel to work with someone who's father suffered a brain haemorragh, like me- and I said to him that I felt funny writing my story on here because I was such a lucky one. His reply, was that some people want to hear a good outcome, so they can stay positive. So i have decided to tell you my story, and show anyone that reads it that sometimes, some people are very lucky.
It was 2005, I got out of a bath around 10pm and dried myself, as i made my way downstairs I felt a pain in my head, and the 'spaced out' feeling began. I said to my friend that something was wrong, and my state declined rapidly. The sickness began, which in turn caused intense head pain. I was sensitive to lght and detieriorating, but being a stubborn man I refused a doctor. This carried on all night and all the next day, and deep down I was worried.
That night an emergency doctor was called and they thought I may have meneingitis. I was given pain killers and stomach settlers.
A full day later and I finally gave in to demands to see another doctor. I went to an emergency clinic at 10pm on the Saturday night (this started on the Thursday), and was told to get to hospital immediately. A&E on a Saturday night and I was eventually seen at 3 in the morning and scanned at 5 Sunday morning. I had a ruptured annuerysm and subarachnoid haemorragh.
A bed finally became available at Kings later that day and at 8pm Sunday I was rushed there. My coil embolisation was done on the Tuesday.
Rehabilitation was quick for me and after a little over a week later, I was back in my local hospital. Whilst there I would spend time in the restuarant with friends (I did keep forgetting what we talking about though!!).
I saw the nurse that looked after me on the Sunday I went in, and she looked shocked 'your alive then? we thought we'd lose you' That brought home the severity of my situation- that I had basically refused to accept was life threatening.
My recovery went without a hitch, short term memory gliches stopped and I returned to full health.
I would like to close with a message of support for the victims and families of brain injuries, not all of you will be as lucky as i was, but some will, and we will continue to support Headway- so they can support the ones that need more help.
Stay positive, there are people out there doing all they can to help.