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As you may recall on my previous blog entry in FA, I mentioned that a close family member was in the hospital. Well she is finally back home but still recovering. Bilateral chronic subdural haematoma was the diagnosis that doctors finally managed to ascertain but not after many months of improper evaluations which blamed her constant headaches, insomnia and reduced mental faculties to depression. Granted, this person had history of prior episodes of depression but the absolute lack of concern from physicians to actually find a alternate explanation was unnerving. Finally after much complain about the lack of improvements after taking all sort of antidepressants, painkillers and sleeping pills we decided to just go ahead and go to a private practice and pay out of our own pocket a Cranial MRI as her symptoms of constants headaches refused to go away. And for good reason:
The dark areas on the around the top and sides of the brain is blood pressing it against the back of the skull.
This relative had a long history of repeated falls and head trauma over the years and it appear these falls had caused minor bleeding in the tiny veins that run between the protective membrane of the brain and its surface. Usually these kind of minor bleeding can recede and go undetected and cause no harm to the person, other times it accumulates and causes headaches, lost of balance and impairment of mental faculties such as speech. And even then with this new evidence was at hand, the neurologist decided to get a second opinion and schedule a second MRI to compare our results.
It all came to a critical point when one morning after waking up, she got up of bed and immediately lost consciousness, falling to the floor and unable to recover. Only then when she was taken by ambulance to the ER and had to be evaluated by neurosurgeons for the next 12 hours of which the first ones she was unable to speak when they finally realized the real source of that was affecting her all these past months and the damn psychiatrists and family doctor blamed to depression.
She spend the last two weeks in the hospital, she went through surgery 3 days ago which consisted in the drilling of four trepanations, two at each side of the skull to drain the blood that was causing this pressure to build up in her brain. She is currently recovering at home and while she is still weak and has difficulty walking, it is clear that her mental state has definitely improved. Currently she is able to sleep soundly (which was nearly impossible before) and she no longer has the horrible headaches that had been affecting her all these past months and she can speak naturally.
There is a good prognosis for her to recover fully but still there is lingering sense of impotence as she could been treated much more earlier and a lot of suffering to have been avoided had the psychiatrist had not blamed her symptoms to a depression and the antidepressants and analgesics she was taking. Currently a caretaker is going to look after her with the assistance of family while she recovers.
As you might expect this is going to take a lot of my time for the time being but there are indications that everything will turn alright. Once things are back to a relative normalcy I'll renew my activity once more and I'll take commission again, specially after all the medical expenses that had been incurred.
In the meantime, thanks for your patience and for reading this blog.