Sunday, July 15, 2012

Update-Fresh from the tube

Well, i spent a day being stuffed inside of an MRI machine last week. My doctor ordered an MRI, an MRA and a special head scan with dye contrast. Let me tell you, an MRI  is way easier and much faster than an MRA.(MRA tests focus on arteries in the body) If you are claustrophobic, i do not recommend either one. My doctor was looking for signs of an aneurysm, either past or present. After the tests were over and the doctor looked at the results, they met with us(me and my daughter Kate) and told me that i do not currently have an aneurysm,  and that the cause and location of my subarachnoid hemorrhage is still unknown. The kind of bleed i had is very rare. And the good news is, people who have this sort of episode almost never have it happen again. So that is great news! Some of the restrictions are lifted: i can lift more than 5 pounds(within reason) i can start to exercise  (but no stomach crunches as that would cause undo pressure in my head and spine) He even told me i could drive until i told him when i walk i still use a walker because i tilt towards traffic when it goes by me(hopefully that will clear up soon as i get stronger)So driving is on hold for now. Bill can come home from Heritage House, and we can start with the new nursing schedule. And as far as they were concerned, i am discharged as their patient(except for Bunny the P.A who said i could call her any time i had a worry, question or concern. I love Bunny!) So big progress was made! It's a little scary too, because now it is all up to me... I just started reading "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. She had the same sort of hemorrhage as i did, but her bleed was inside the brain and mine was on the surface. She lost everything...essentially became an adult newborn, and it took her 9 YEARS to recover everything. But she DID it! So for the few little issues i am dealing with, i know i can do it too!
(i am blessed i am blessed i am blessed i am blessed i am blessed i am blessed i am blessed)

13 comments:

Nancy said...

We Are Blessed>>>>>>>>>>Love you.

Nancy said...

We Are Blessed>>>>>>>>>>Love you.

Mare said...

Nance, read a bit about the woman i added the link to. When you read what she went thru with a similar bleed you will know i had a Miracle happen to me!Love you too!

Claire the Shepherdess said...

This is all great news - very pleased to hear it! Hugs & love sent your way.

Mare said...

Awww Thanks Claire!

Ed Tremblay said...

Got
To get you back on your feet for our reunion!

Ed Tremblay said...

Got
To get you back on your feet for our reunion!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

That is truly wonderful news Mare and it must have come as such a relief! It is so reassuring to hear you won't have this problem again and can get on with your normal life.
I am so happy for you!!
Bill will be pleased he can come home I bet.
Lynne x

Mare said...

Thanks Ed and Lynne...It will be good to get things back to a new normal again.

crimsoncat05 said...

I am so glad you got good news from your doctors, Mare!! and it's wonderful that Bill will be home soon, as well!!

Mare said...

Thank you crimsoncat!

Lola Nova said...

Dearest Mare,
I am so happy to read this - not happy you have had to go through it though. Certainly reminds us not to take our lives for granted. I know what a strong and beautiful human you are and I have no doubt that you will turn this into a positive healing experience - for yourself and all of us who are blessed to know you!
Big love to you my friend!
Xo

Mare said...

Thank you Alex... i Love you too!