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
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!