I’m new here and nervous about telling my story, for a few reasons; memory and they triggers that it may cause writing about it. But I am strong enough now, so let’s go!!
My name is Jocelyn from TX and I had subarachnoid hemorrhage right in the middle of an Pandemic (11/22/20). This is My Story… I can remember a few things leading up to that day. That week of that I rushed to the hospital, I worked, workout, went to the doctor but what I thought was just Sinus Infection with a headache according to my doctor. She ended up giving me some steroids and a meds for anti-anxiety and told me that I need to allow it to take it course and rest. During that week the headaches, I never thought anything else other that I had a Sinus infections. On Sunday I got that headache again and laid down for a nap, this time I was sleep until the phone woke me up 4 hours later. I woke up in an alter state… all I could do is moan and grunt… no words could come out. I Believe that once I got complete alert, l learned I couldn’t talk, write, or remember how to dial a phone to get help. I just pick up the phone and keep pressing button, people would answer and I couldn’t respond to them. I don’t remember how I got to the hospital. But I remember getting to the hospital ER and I felt like 20 plus people (In the middle of Covid19 Crisis) were surrounding me, I just remember being scared. At that time I learned that thought I was have a stroke, but after all the X-ray, CT scans, etc. They determined that I needed to be at another hospital and I was still so confused at this point and still could not understand , why they were transferring me. I was transferred and not even 3-4 hours later I was rushed into emergency surgery, where they placed a stent and coils to stop the bleeding. I made it out and from what I was told they didn’t know if I was going to make it. Well I made it, but I had no clue what was going on around me, still couldn’t talk, walk, write, or have any memory of how and what was going on. I spent about 10 days at the hospital ICU trying to recover from a Rupture Brain Aneurysm that cause me to have multiple strokes. During the first few days No visitors, after then they change to one at a time…I was so grateful to see people… because I was still confused, also I need to see if in could remember them. I remember seeing my mother and daughter for the 1st time. My daughter was away at college and my mother lived in another state and I just cried. Also during that time in the hospital my speech came back(Not great, but I could communicate better) they got me up to see of I could walk on a walker and I could and I got to take shower, YES!
I am now a 9 month Survivor, I have been in Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies for a good portion of that time and have made great improvements. I am on this journey to rediscover the New Me and My New Normal. Thank You all that came before me to tell your stories, you have help me through telling my story. If you have questions please ask away!