(A follow up to Hello From The Hospital)
Trigger warning: Death, Bruises, needle talk, minor Trypophobia
It’s the 5th March and I have been comfortably at home for a while now. I am currently on the road to recovery and doing well. I wanted to do a update because I’ve had so much support over the past few weeks and it really means a lot to me. Thankfully, my time in the stroke ward was very brief. I was unfortunately told several times I could go home and then later told that wouldn’t be the case. That was often hard hitting, but I know they had my best interests at heart. I’ve recovered well since my previous update, which looking back… I really sound terrified and trying to put on a brave face (to me anyway).
So the general update is…The pressure in my head isn’t that much of a big deal, yet. This will be something that future me and the NHS will tackle together, but isn’t an emergency right now, so I can chill on that part at least focus on my neck recovery.
With the disconnected/split artery (whatever is easier to call it, for the non medical folks like myself) in the back of my neck, this is still a day to day high risk factor. I was monitored in the stroke ward for a few days, as well as studied by doctors/nurses and students too. Lets just say that they were surprised to see someone of my age in that unit. On one side, it’s surprising that a 29 year old had this rare injury, but it’s also a positive, because age is on my side and my body is working wonders.
I’m currently on blood thinning medication (Waufarin) to stop any blood clots forming in my brain. I visit the hospital twice a week and get my blood level thickness tested, then ultimately if they decide it’s too thick, then I have to have stomach injections in addition with the tablets, every single day. I’ve had the injections brought back in to my life several times at this point, as my blood levels always fluctuate.
I will be on the Waufarin for the next 6 months. At the 4 month mark I will have to go in for a CT scan and MRI scan (eeek!!) just to check if my artery has healed. If it has, then I can stop the medication. If it hasn’t, I’ll continue to the 6 month mark.
It was very frightening to find out the statistic that 88% of people who get this condition usually have a stroke/die and I was in the 12% that didn’t have either. I’m feeling very grateful to be alive but also very traumatised from the situation, especially because I left the pain in my neck/shoulder area for 4 days before I went to the hospital (I thought it was a sprain) and this could of essentially ended my life, should a naturally occurring blood clot had formed! (Of course, the bodies natural response is usually to clot, like when you accidentally cut yourself! This injury would of been no exception)
Another positive is that due to me being high risk, I’ve now also been offered my Covid Vaccine a little earlier than someone in my age group.
So from here on out, what’s happening with my future? I’ve no idea. Before my injury I actually turned my life around, over come a few demons and was exercising frequently and eating good, but of course I cannot exercise for a while and well, lets just say the takeaways are back! (and the Kdramas are still present!) haha but you know what? Once these lockdowns are over, I’m really looking forward to exploring the world again and taking you guys with me. I promise I will post more! I hope you’re all well. 🙂
My Waufarin booklet and also the result of the injections in my stomach. One of the many bruises! My stomach is littered in these and it’s due to the fact that you inject the medicine into the fat layer. The needles essentially boost the Waufarin and help with the blood thinning.