Unexpected post-surgery aneurysm results in permanent disability
After undergoing a carotid endarterectomy, I began seeing double. I phoned my surgeon and he told me to get an eye patch. What he should have done was tell me to get to the hospital STAT; the reason I was seeing double was that an aneurysm was growing and when it burst I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke that has disabled me to this day. I lost my speech, my ability to walk and, of course, work. I’ve since recovered my speech and I can walk with assistance but cannot recover my computer skills.
When the aneurysm burst, the right side of my face went numb. I phoned 911 and asked for an ambulance because I was having a stroke; they asked how I knew I was having a stroke: Those were the last words I spoke for quite awhile. When I got to the hospital all I could do was laugh and, being New Years Day, they wanted to know how much I had had to drink. I had a five day old endarectomy scar, and they did not realize that Brocca’s fold was being blocked. Only after I went into a grand mal seizure did they realize something was wrong. They discovered I had a massive bleed going on. I had been on Coumadin (a blood thinner) so it took 49 units of blood and fresh frozen plasma to stop the bleeding. I was told that I’d never walk, talk or work again so I received no rehabilitation whatsoever. I did go back to work, but it only took a few weeks to realize I could no longer do what I did (computer engineer), so I had to retire.