IamA 19 year old student who suffered a spontaneous bleeding in my brain half a year ago. AMA!
Hey guys! I have seen more and more threads on brain injury nowadays on reddit and people are interested in this topic. Since I am recovering at home right now and is quite bored, so I decide to do an AMA to answer people's question regarding brain injury from my experience.
What happened: I had a spontaneous bleeding in my abnormal blood vessel in the brain,AVM. The bleed happened in my Basal Ganglia. My surgeon removed the blood clot to save my life 6 hours after the bleed and removed the right skull so my brain could swell due to the operation. Because of the bleed, it led to a major stroke and thought that I would be paralysed rest of my life. However I am lucky that because of my young age I could recover most of my mobility back but is limited by Spasticity. I have left side weakness but luckily I am a right hander ( I'm all right now! * wink*)
How it happened: I am a 19 year old student from Singapore, and was on my second last day of internship on 29 January 2014. I was presenting halfway when I suddenly felt very drunk, along with noticeable drooping on my left face. I could not move my left hand nor stand up anymore and collapsed onto the chair. I drank a sip of water which I immediately spat out involuntarily. At that point of time, I knew that man, I'm having a stroke. I immediately messaged my girlfriend " I love you. Tell my mom and dad I'm Sorry." and I lost my consciousnesses.(technically I didn't as I just lost the memories from this point onwards till before surgery as my family told me I was completely awake and screaming in pain in A&E.)
From this point onwards, they are very blurry as my brain could not process clearly:
Next thing I woke up, I had many tubes in my body and I saw my girlfriend and family. They told me I had a Stroke and I should rest more from now on. Then I fell asleep.
Fast-forward to today
I had done a cranioplasty to put an artificial skull back. I also stayed in rehabilitation hospital for 2 months. I am able to walk at home without any walking aid and could shower alone. I have regained mobility on my upper limb as well, but could not open up my fingers due to spasticity.
Future treatment: I am going for Radio Surgery to obliterate my abnormal blood vessel to prevent future bleeding. I am also going for regular outpatient therapy to regain functionality.
tl;dr: Had a spontaneous bleed in brain which caused major stroke. Right skull removed, then artifical skull implanted. Able to walk at home independently but lost functionality like a healthy person.
pic: Imgur (before) right: right skull removed (after) left: after artificial skull implant.
Any questions? AMA!