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RUPTURED BRAIN ANEURYSM: Living with a Broken Brain

RUPTURED BRAIN ANEURYSM: Living with a Broken Brain. A unique insight into the fragility of the extraordinary human brain. A true st...

Monday, March 21, 2011

I survived brain aneurysm


I find brain aneurysm almost unique in its ability to strike like lightning, without rhyme or reason, and too often without mercy.

When the cerebral artery bursts and causes brain hemorrhage, sudden death may result.

1/3rd of people with ruptured aneurysm die before they get to the hospital.

1/3rd die after they get to the hospital.

1/3rd survive after they get to the hospital. Of these, 40% end up with neurological problems that make life difficult.

The mortality rate following a rupture aneurysm is about 60 percent, and another 25 percent die from complications

For those whose precious lives are snuffed out in a brief moment, and whose loved ones' lives are dramatically altered forever by the same event, there seems to be no justice that I can comprehend.

For those fortunate enough to survive the rupture, a battle begins for the amount and quality of life that can be recaptured. Your doctors and nurses are only one part of your armor.

The key to your victory, your healing, is your will, not only to survive, but to conquer.

Mental positivity and for some, spirituality, along with a focus on personal health and well being like not smoking, a nutritious diet, lots of sunlight, and a regular exercise program, a strong social support network like relatives or friends in a social circle are all critical.

Do not be burdened by statistics. Every battle is unique and, if fought well, won. 
 

I am presently recuperating from my operation and I am glad about the progress I am making. My left eye still has no vision. I still could not walk. But my doctors assured me that I will be back to my normal self in 6 months to 1 year, not 100% though. But within that time, I will have my eyesight back and I can walk already.

The doctors said that I was very lucky. I escaped death by a hairline. My aneurysm ruptured last January 18, 2011. I never knew that I had aneurysm until that fateful night, when I lost consciousness inside the toilet. My left eye might have hit the lavatory. And the pail of hot water that I was supposed to use might have spilled, thereby causing a huge 2nd degree burn on my left thigh.

When I regained consciousness, I tried calling for help from my house boy downstairs but he did not respond to my cry for help. Maybe you can call it a miracle. I was able to walk from the toilet towards my room and made it to my bed. I had the worst headache ever and I kept on vomiting.

I then sent text messages to my cousins since I don't have my parents with me anymore. They have both passed away. But my cousin said he couldn't contact his driver.  So I was bought to the hospital only the following day by another cousin. Lucky me! According to statistics 1/3 of those who had a ruptured aneurysm died within 3 hours.

A CT Scan was performed and a lot more medical procedures were done. Then I was brought via emergency ambulance to UST Hospital where a brain aneurysm coiling operation was performed by 2 neurosurgeons assisted by a cardiologist, an anesthesiologist and some nurses last January 22, 2011.

Since returning home to our townhouse in Manila, I kept on going back to my doctors for follow-up check ups and I was not allowed to go back home to the province just yet. 

So what would an active travel blogger like me do at home since I cannot walk or see yet from my left eye?


82 comments:

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

hurry readers and friends let's subscribe to SMART BRO now na!

Anonymous said...

all the best!

tricia said...

i'll pray for your fast recovery tita!

you deserve to win this broadband set from smart! :)

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Chitto!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Tricia!

Anonymous said...

God is always with you, be strong and keep the faith.

Babsy said...

Its good to have internet on your side while recovering. It would have been much worst if you just sit or lay on your bed all day long with nothing to do. Thanks to Smart we could keep in touch with you. God Bless Sis ... lets lakwatsa again after you recover :)

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks anonymous!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks sis Babsy! Yes thanks to SMART BRO I won't be dragging the days towards my recovery! I can have communication with my friends all over the world!yehey!

Wowee said...

hi cha. didnt know this til i read your blog. your blessed that you survived. thanks God your recovering now. kaya palan mayo ako nahihiling na mga photos mo sa fb.

i hope you can go back again to what you do best.. travel blogging.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Wowee keep on praying for me! god bless you too!

kay said...

Wow .. I hope you recover soon ... full recovery ...

Ivan Stewart Saldajeno said...

Praise God!

Traveling Morion said...

U deserve to win cha, stay positive and keep on blogging i am one of ur followers;)

Gil Camporazo said...

It's God's will that you've survived. I know in this present time, miracle really happens. God has still a plan for you. Just do what He please. You could detect by listening to His still small voice. Your conscience will tell you how. Be sensitive with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. God bless and may you recuperate fast.

Hazel said...

I read your story with bated breath. So glad you survived! My God you are a lucky girl! God must have a special purpose for you.

chrisair said...

oh God thanks youre ok now I never knew about this before, I also knew other blogger that cause her to stay in bed also but she is now okay, gosh I missed that smart gold plan, I bought dual sim phone just to use it and now it is expired

c5 @ gomommygo.info said...

Aneurism can be survived if detected early. I know of someone who did. Sadly, my stepfather did not but everything is in God's hands so we do not question that. You're young. Surviving that makes you value life more than ever, I'm sure.

Clint said...

It's really nice to have a USB modem. Very handle and helpful. I'll pray for you.

Jim Balunday said...

Oh my, I was about to cry while reading your post. You should definitely win the contest. I will include you on my prayers. Cheers to the good life!

germz said...

lol. I thought the article was for PR purposes only coz at the very end of the sentence, there's a promotion of a product. but God always bless you

FranCis said...

i hope you're ok now after 10 months. God Bless

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tatess said...

it is a miracle to survive aneurysm .thank God first then the doctors and the money.It happened 1 year ago and you are well and kicking and ready to travel again. Praise God!

Kabalyero said...

The way you describe it sounds scary. You are very lucky you survived it. ;)

Nancy said...

What a great spirit you have!

Cheers for a healthier life this year.

michi said...

thank God for the gift of life...you are a survivor, dami ng kakilala ko na nawalan ng mahal sa buhay because of brain aneurysm.

Journeys and Travels said...

nakakatakot ang aneurism ah. all the best for you po. I am praying for the best and all the blessings. Smartbro is also a blast.

Jonathan said...

Hope you have a quick recovery! Thank God you survived, or we would have lost one amazing blogger.

Tripapips Noks said...

Oh yeah. Good you recovered so fast. Brain aneurysm is a serious case and can be a life threatening condition. Anyway, kailangan ko ng Smart bro thingy na yan para I can blog anywhere I want to. Yung Globe ko kasi palpak. Haha. :)

Michelle B said...

Oh my! That was a scary experience! One of the disadvantages of living alone. :( Nako! I cannot believe you were only rushed to the hospital the next day pa! It really was a great miracle that you survived. Keep safe and hope you fully recover!

EdZee said...

Our 31-year old son had similar scary experience when he had a heart attack at 1:00AM and alone in his apartment in Muntinlupa City more than a year ago. He underwent angioplasty and doing well now but he doesn't need a Smart BRO to be well.:) This is a true story and you can read the details at http://xicowner.jefmart.com/index.php/2010/10/10/adding-memoirs-to-my-blogs/.

Blair Villanueva said...

thanks for sharing girl!

sionee said...

Oh my! Nag goosebumps naman ako..I'm happy that you survived and hoping that you fully recover. Smartbro din po gamit ko ung wimax 999 :))) Take care!!!

promking said...

seriously? my brother's yaya went through the same situation. fully recovered na siya at nagtatrabaho siya ngayon sa isang school sa Bicol.

im sure you will be fine. thank you God.

Amor said...

o ako smartbro dito sa bahay and, when i was at the hospital, gamit ko yung usb na smartbro broadband... ayos!

Ion Gonzaga said...

here's another one praying for your full recovery... there's a great reason behind this. may you have a very meaningful life ahead... and a smart bro too!

crumpylicious blog said...

amazing story!

Christia's World said...

omg! can't get over sa story. you are a true survivor.


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Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks kay! I am hoping for a full recovery. I am trying my best to be normal as possible. I still have difficulty catching up with my old lifestyle. My doctor said I would never be 100% anymore. But I believe in my GOD that God would restore my health that he would make me 100% again.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Ivan yes AMEN to that! Praise GOD forever

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thank you traveling Morion!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thank you very much Mr. Gil! God bless us all!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Hazel. Yes God has given me a second life for a special reason.

Bernie Gonzales-Reyes said...

3 of hubby's family member also suffered from brain aneurysm. It's the cause of his granpa's death, the half stroke of his young cousin and half stroke also of one of his uncle. I'm always praying that no member of my family will inherit that including hubby.

I will include your fast recovery to my prayers...

It's funny because you still manage to advertise SMARTBRO inspite of your condition...hehehe...SMARTBRO must pay you for that.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Bernie my neurosurgeon said my aneurysm is genetics. I hope and pray with you too that your family would not inherit the aneurysm.

Thank you for praying with me too for my full recovery.

Yeah, I did not get anything for advertising them. As in Nada, zero! I joined the contest of nuffnang and lost. No prize not even an all text twenty. Hayz! Those telcos even ate my prepaid loads by the thousands hays. NTC should protect ordinary consumers and ask those telcos to return our hard-earned money.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Chrisair thank you! I never earned anything from this post. I entered Nuffnang contest and lost. Ha ha ha! Ni singko wala. Di nila ako binayaran dyan. Ewan di kasi ako marunong maglagay ads noon.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

c5 you are so correct! Early detection could have save us thousands of money. Operation for unruptured aneurysm is cheaper than ruptured aneurysm! Early detection is the key. It could save lives!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Clint!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Jim Balunday thank you hugz! I lost that contest last year. They did not sent me even an all text twenty :-(

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Germs this article was my entry last year @ a Nuffnang contest:-P. I lost.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Tess yes and I am very grateful to GOD. Sad to say I can't travel as much as I want to. And I can never be alone at all times :-(

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Kabalyero yes I am very lucky I am alive. Thank God. I am forever grateful to him.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Nancy Thank you!cheers!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Michi yes I am very thankful to God for the miracle of life!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Journeys

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thank you po Jonathan!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Noks expired na po yan last year pa po yan. Asan ka asan pasalubong ko? ha ha ha!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Michelle B thank you very much!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Edzee I entered Nuffnang contest and putting smart bro ads is one of the requirement. Plus I wrote this article barely two months after I was discharged from the hospital. I should have wrote this without the ads I guess

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

thanks for dropping by blair I hope u read my blog 'coz I read yours

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Sionee thank you very much po.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

promking if you don't believe me I could give you an authorization to check on my medical records po

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Amor hindi ako nag avail nyan e lol kasi sumali lang po ako sa contest sa nuffnang. Talo po ako

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Ion

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks crumpy

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Christia's world

ralph said...

its a very delicate and expensive operation... was it already leaking when they do the surgery? hope you recovered fully now... life has it's reasons... so make the full out of it. Yahweh bless.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

That is so true sir Ralph it's very expensive :-( mine cost my family more than a million pesos. We actually still have debts because of that. Yes it was already leaking when I got operated. I never thought I had aneurysm. We only found out after I fainted.

Bien Nonoy said...

that is weird, i was really sure that I left a comment here. oh well.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Liar bless your heart

chino said...

God is so good! I just recently found out that my heart has been slightly broken. Most probably broken all along. But there is a good news . They can still fix it. I still want to have a normal life. God bless you!

May said...

At one point, I was at the edge of my seat because your description of your ordeal was just too graphic. I was almost irritated that your houseboy was not able to hear you. Wow, imagine surviving that. God is indeed good! Then I found it highly amusing on how you were able to transition onto the SmartBro plug. Cute, LoL. hope your eye is better, Cha! And take care of yourself.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Chino just pray God is good all the time! Malulusutan mo din yan! Aja! God bless us!

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thank you so much May my eyes can see now but still has clouds. In time it will be back to normal, I thank God for my second life sana yun mga pasaway like Bien Nonoy wag na lang mag comment nakakairita lang bawal pa naman akong ma stress :(

Anonymous said...

nice story

Faust said...

Say goodbye to stress, I'm glad you made it, live life positively ^_^

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Anonymous

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks po Faust na e stress nga po ako kay Bien Nonoy doctor pa man din naturingan pasaway

Jenny O'Toole said...

I hope everything is well. Set-aside the things that makes you stress. Keep your faith to God. He will look after you. Take care.

Traveller on a Shoestring said...

Thanks Jenny!

Hisham Yusoff said...

Friend, am one of BA ruptured survivors too. Had my coiling done on 4th Jan 2013 (yes, very recently) and recuperating well now. Wish to hv experiential sharing n xchange thoughts/opinion abt the BA. Kindly reach me via email @ hhishamyusoff@gmail.com or google talk if u can. Tq ;-)

Muhammad Saqib Khan said...

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