Just wanted to add my story to the "success stories" as I haven't posted in a while. On April 5, 2013 I had 9 mm basilar tip aneurysm rupture at home. While in route to the hospital, my husband driving, I lost consciousness and was still unconscious when we arrived at the hospital where I work. I regained consciousness in the ER. The diagnosis of a subarachnoid hemorrhage was confirmed. Unfortunately, the hospital where I work does not do neurosurgery so I was transferred to a sister hospital by ambulance 20 miles away. Time is brain! However, in spite of delays in treatment, my aneurysm was successfully coiled and I spent the next 13 days in the ICU. I also cardiac arrested during the procedure. I spent a week in inpatient rehab and then six more weeks in an intensive outpatient neuro-rehab and amazingly after nine weeks, had completely recovered enough to return to work full-time as a registered nurse.
I was only back to work for 1 week before I was told that I would have to return to school to obtain my bachelor's degree in order to keep my job. This was quite a shock after what I had just gone through. My manager was not unkind, just doing what she had been told to do. I was an assistant nurse manager with an associate's degree (but with 25 years of experience) and a decision had been made to require all assistant managers to obtain a BSN. So, eight months after suffering a bad (Hunt & Hess score was 4 on a 1-5 scale) aSAH, I enrolled in an online program and went back to school full-time, as well as continuing to work full-time job. I never imagined that at 48, I would return to school, but then again, I also never imagined that I would come close to dying at 48 either, so off I went, on another journey! I would say that it was easy, but it wasn't, at least not in the beginning. I had to not only learn content, I also had to learn to write papers using a format that was unfamiliar and use technology that I hadn't used before. The only deficit I experienced from my SAH was an inability to read for long periods of time, I just couldn't stay focused and became restless so school was a challenge in the beginning! As I settled into a routine, school became easier and I tried to stay focused on my goals. During this time, I also had three more angiograms to check the status of my coils and thankfully was given good news each time! While I did experience some degree of compaction, no further coiling was needed and at my two year anniversary, I was given a gift that I would no longer need angiograms and would be able to wait another year before an MRa would been done!
I am happy to say that after sixteen classes and twenty months, 3 angiograms and multiple doctors appointments, I have graduated from college at age 50 with my BSN and I maintained a 4.0 GPA! I have had an amazing recovery and am thankful everyday for everyone who helped me along the way!