Monday, January 19, 2015

My Unexpected Hospital Stay

My neurosurgeon, Dr. Webb, wanted to get a really good look at my brain aneurysm so she could make a game plan in order to treat it. I was scheduled to have an angiogram on Friday, January 16th, at 11:00 AM.

An angiogram is a test where they go up through the artery in your leg/groin area with a camera so they can look at the blood vessels in your heart or brain. I was awake for the procedure, but they gave me medicine to relax me.

I remember the procedure. It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. Actually, I thought they were still prepping me when they announced that they were done. Removing the sheath (the camera) felt uncomfortable but wasn't horrible.

After that, I just remember snippets. I remember being pissed off that Brian couldn't find Days of Our Lives on NBC because the President was talking. I remember Brian telling the nurse that our ICU password was "Beavis" (like, in Beavis and Butthead". I remember not being able to see distinct facial features or shapes. Everything was blurry lights and I couldn't focus.

Supposedly I lost time from noon until 6 AM the next day.

During that time, I was just out of it. Brian said it was like I was talking in my sleep. I wasn't making any sense.

Brian said that I scared everyone pretty bad. I kept complaining that I didn't feel good but I couldn't explain why. I couldn't respond to anyone. I couldn't squeeze the nurse's fingers or wiggle my toes. I didn't know my name or Brian's. I just kept saying, "Thank you!". Brian said I was the politest crazy person ever. Also, the nurse said I was talking in tongues like someone from a Pentecostal church. That's pretty funny!

They took me downstairs for two CT scans to check for stroke or blood clots, but thankfully didn't see anything.

I finally woke up and felt normal again on Saturday morning. I was nauseous and had a horrible migraine the entire day. They finally moved me out of Neuro ICU and put me in a private room for Sunday.

After getting 13 tubes of blood drawn, they let me go home to finish recuperating here :)

I'm happy to report that I am feeling much better! My incision in my leg is healing nicely. I still feel a little "off", but hopefully that will stop in a day or two.

Thank you, everyone, so much for all your thoughts, wishes, calls, texts, and FB posts. I'm such a lucky girl to have all of you as friends!

5 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are doing better!

    I get annoyed when the President is speaking during my show even if I'm not out of it. That belongs on the news stations. If I want to tune in, I will.

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  2. Oh my goodness! I am so very sorry you had to go through all of that but I am so very happy to hear that you are doing much better! Love seeing your posts on fb. Keep feeling better!! :)

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  3. Yikes, that sounds like a scary ordeal! I hate hospitals. I have panic attacks just going in them, so I can't say I would of handled this as well as you! Hope your back to feeling 100% soon!

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  4. Sounds frightening! But I am glad you are on your way to recovery.

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  5. Jessie, sorry to be off FB these days as I didn't know about your procdure. I would have definitely been praying! Thankful for you to have it behind you and that your doctor has a good gameplan now for treatments. Sooner or later I will feel up to getting out of the house and we'll finally meet at the park, but until then know I'm thinking of you!

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