Healthy mother, wife, veteran…apparently born with an AVM and almost died. Thank God for my neurosurgeon and the fact that I was working third shift when I began bleeding into my brain. Had no idea I was born with an AVM. On my way to recovery!
Reblogged from ragincontagion
An Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) is a congenital malformation of the vascular system in which arteries and veins are directly connected, bypassing capillaries. The result is a giant tangle of arteries and veins, and in space restricted areas like the brain you can imagine the negative affect one these can have on a person. The first-line treatment for an AVM is surgical embolization; they go in through the vascular system and cut the blood supply to the malformation off. The AVM then dies and stops putting pressure on the surrounding tissues. If the AVM is superficial in the brain they can perform a craniotomy and slowly shrink and remove the AVM.
This is what I had to go into surgery for August 22, 2014. I had an emergency craniotomy and no flipping clue why I suddenly lost the ability to speak to my coworkers. Then it began bleeding into my skull and I had a seizure.
My Wonderwoman piggy bank is now being used as my “San Diego Comic Con 2015 Savings Bank” because I’m a mature grownup.
Reblogged from letticiae