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aneurysm clipping: gratitude

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I am in Massachusetts helping my sister recover from brain surgery. The surgery was scheduled because we knew she had an aneurysm that needed to be clipped. It was a scary time that went better than expected. She is a week post-surgery with no neurological defects. She is tired, still in some pain, and not an "easy" patient but we are so grateful for the surgeons at Mass General.
No surprisingly, the fitness has to be put aside for now. My sister can't be left alone and the narrow roads in Amherst where we are staying are snow packed with no sidewalks. I am trying to stretch and do some strengthening but that is about all that is possible. I am a long way from New Mexico, but glad I can be here to help her. My own life: spin class, husband, job, seems so far away. If anyone reads this who has experience with aneurysm clipping, please let me know. We can use all the support possible.
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    Glad they were able to get to it before it ruptured. I know this will seem silly at first but start walking inside---just pacing from one room to another----do 10 minutes several times a day----it will help you and make you better able to handle the stress. Great that you can be there for her. Glad the surgery went so well.
    2603 days ago
    I'm SO glad things appear to be going well for your sister!! She's SO fortunate to have YOU!!! Bless your heart for putting everything on hold in your life to be there for her!

    Just view this as a recovery time for your OWN body -- especially after ALL you've been through this past year! Stretching and strength training is a GREAT idea right now! Maybe increase your activity level a little by being "inefficient"... Like if you go to get laundry out of the dryer, do it but piece by piece or something... Or if you need something from one room, go the LONG way around to get it... Kind of like when they say if you have a desk job, when you get up to use the rest room, use the one farthest from your office etc... Does that make sense??

    Hope things continue to go well and hang in there!! Know it's a stressful time for you and your entire family... Thoughts and prayers are with you!! emoticon
    2604 days ago
    Best wishes to your sister. You are amazing to go out there and help her out. Both be safe and stay healthy.
    2604 days ago

    My sister had an aneursym last year. She didn't have to have her clipped because they couldn't find it, but there were a couple of options we had. I remember one was coils, which is what we were going to go with.

    She had countless tests done. She was dumping a ton of fluid though, so she had to have a tub put in to put the excess fluid to her stomach. It was a pretty scary experience. She was in the ICU for over 3-4 weeks.

    If you need to talk to someone, feel free to send me a message.
    2605 days ago
    My youngest brother went thru this 20 yrs ago. It is a long process. Please remember to be patient with your sister. We participated in all of his therapy and some days it was encouraging and other days it was heart breaking--but he made it and lived 20 yrs after the surgery! I would suggest talking to the doctor(s) and therapist who might suggest some books to help. If she has meds to take for a life-time, please help her to adjust to that--it is not easy and after a while my brother thought he did not need the meds and stopped them. Hopefully and prayerfully your sister's recovery will be easier!
    Blessings to you for being there for her! emoticon
    2605 days ago
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