Then my oldest granddaughter had a horrific headache two days this past week. Kind of scary, to say the least.
So, she's had migraines in the past, few, but it's something that happens. She takes a BC powder (she can't swallow pills, some kind of phobia, afraid she's going to choke - we deal with that, not making a big deal of it), and she sleeps the day away. Luckily she doesn't suffer for days, and is able to sleep.
But these headaches were different. They were so painful, she couldn't sleep. We took her out to the ER, they gave her a shot for migraines. She came home and was able to sleep through the night. She had a good day and a good night. Then another hit when she was in her early morning Bible study class. My husband called her doctor and they told him the doctor was overbooked for a week. He brought her home and I called the doctor's office. I guess it takes a concerned grandmother. I was told to bring her right in and they would work her in. She didn't want to leave the house because of the bright sun, movement of the vehicle, noise in the doctor's office, etc. All legitimate migraine complaints.
But something was different. Like the headache she'd had two days before. The doctor was very concerned and wanted to get an MRI before the weekend, which meant that day or the next. But it wasn't happening. Too much red tape.
Here are the symptoms of an aneurysm:
- A "warning" headache that may occur several days or weeks before the rupture (March 9th)
- A dilated pupil in one eye (We didn't notice this)
- Problems with vision or eye movement (Didn't notice this)
- Pain above or behind the eye, or in the temple, back of the head or neck (definitely had this)
- A very severe headache. Even if a patient is prone to headaches or migraines, this headache will feel very different from the normal pattern (This was definitely happening)
- Neck stiffness (as if she slept on it wrong)
- Nausea (severe)
- Vomiting (Yep)
- Sensitivity to light (definitely, and noise, and very sensitive to movement)
50% of people suffering aneurysms die.
50% of the people that don't die, have neurological problems, not unlike stoke victims.
20% of those who have survived aneurysms have another.
So, here we sit, and I thank God she is doing alright, we await the phone to ring in the next few days to hear if an MRI is going to be allowed.
Oh, and we did take her to the Children's hospital nearest us. The doctors were really concerned about my granddaughter, but they couldn't do much. After 5 Friday nights, there is only one MRI machine running until 8 Monday morning (children are not to get sick or hurt on weekends?). That night, there were 3 stroke victims (all children) waiting for an MRI. Since my granddaughter neurological signs were good and she wasn't experiencing a headache at that time, the head doctor couldn't push for an MRI. Talk about frustrating!
I hope your week was better!
All is well right now. Please pray for her.