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Hello friends, my name is Veronica Field, thank you for visiting my site. I know you are here because you are either a brain aneurysm survivor, you have lost a loved one, you are a caretaker or simply curious to know about this condition. Please know that you are strong, loved, cherished, highly favored by God and never alone. It is my hope that together we can educate ourselves with as much information as possible and spread the awareness to as many people as possible and to as far as we can while making effort to advocate for programs that will help save lives. I am a brain aneurysm survivor (1 raptured and coiled in 2017 and 1 still intact that is being monitored) and I must say the road to recovery has not been that easy. Just a few days to my 31st birthday, my family experienced a life changing moment that I have since named it The nightmare on Naguru Vale Rd. My husband and I together with our 2 children (3 year old and 5 months old then) were residing in Kampala, Uganda on a US diplomatic assignment when I suffered a brain aneurysm in the middle of the night. I cannot recall exactly what happened and how it happened except for what my husband tells me. The only thing I recall doing last on that Friday was putting my kids to bed in our house in Uganda. The next thing I remembered was “waking up” in a hospital bed in the ICU unit with tubes all over me in South Africa. It was everybody’s worst nightmare but the reality to us. This entire experience has been a true affirmation on just how much God loves us. He surely cannot give us a burden bigger than what we are capable of handling. Just like we are told in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We are alive for a reason, we experienced what we did for a reason, we are chosen for a reason. I have spent quite some time trying to figure out “why me”, that I actually forgot that it had to be me because God saw something in me that He had to choose me. My purpose for starting this blog is to: 1. Use my story to help spread awareness to the world on Brain Aneurysm and also on other types of aneurysms. 2. Help eliminate some of the anxiety that I have by engaging others into my conversation and getting to know their stories. 3. Establish a community where people can learn and teach others about Brain Aneurysm and other types of aneurysms. 4. Start a conversation on teaching basic CPR to everybody including children above the age of 5 years old and advocate for it. Knowing what to do in the case of an emergency can help save a life. It is more critical in the developing countries where access to emergency medical care is limited. Please follow me on my blog where I will be using a combination of my own story and information from other accredited sites pertaining to brain aneurysm to give you as much information as possible so we can help spread awareness. I love this song, it just gives me the motivation that I need to get through the day and live not in fear but in courage and determination….And when that final day comes that I have to cross over and be with my savior, I will do so in faith and dignity because I know that He Reigns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-zwE33zHA Because He Lives God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus He came to love, heal and forgive He lived and died to buy my pardon An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow Because He lives, all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living Just because He lives. How sweet to hold a newborn baby And feel the pride and the joy he gives But greater still the calm assurance This child can face uncertain days because He Lives. And then one day, I’ll cross that river I’ll fight life’s final war with pain And then, as death gives way to vict’ry I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow Because He lives, all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living Just because He lives Because he lives Because he lives Written by William J. Gaither and Gloria Gaither

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #9

Have goals and be optimistic. Recovery is a lifelong process, and that shouldn’t discourage you from living your life to the fullest. Have goals and aim at achieving them, do not procrastinate. Take it as being granted a second chance in life, give it your very best. Remember, life stops when you stop living and begin existing. I’m sure, if you are like me, you are more curious to know why God saved your life. Do not think too hard, enjoy your life by spreading the love. Don’t forget to thank Him every day for the gift of life.

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Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #8

Take one day at a time during recovery. If you are blessed enough to make it to recovery, which I hope you or your loved one makes it, take it slow. Do not push yourself too hard. Remember that we are all different and we heal at different rates. Try to think positive and do not put so much blame on yourself for things that you had no control over. The fact that you are alive should give you a reason to be curious enough to see what tomorrow has in store for you. God has a special purpose for you. He chose you to bear that burden because He saw something in you that qualified you for that responsibility. Do not feel depressed if you are unable to do the things that you used to do before or if your memory is not as sharp as before. Give it time and do some memory exercises. One thing you must remember is that healing begins from within. When your soul is healed, your body will surely heal.

If you are a caregiver, please be patient with your loved one.Bear in mind that recovery is probably harder for patients compared to the treatment. When your loved one realizes that he or she can’t do the things they used to do before or just the thought of how life has changed for them and those around them, they feel like a burden to you. You are the only person to reassure them and give them hope when all seems to have been lost. Most patients will suffer from at least one form of depression and will lack interest in doing most things in life. It is okay and normal. Take it slow and be patient. Things will improve with time. Know when to ask for help, do not allow yourself to reach the burnout point.

If you are a caregiver and have lost a loved one due to a brain aneurysm, do not be consumed by stress. You had no control over what happened. Life is such a priceless thing, and only God can give it and take it away at His own timing. No matter how painful it is, the sad truth is that we all have a way to exit this life, and when our time comes, nothing can stop us from leaving. Pray for your loved one and know that it was their time to go and set them free.

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #7

Taking an Aspirin is optional. Always consult with your medical provider if you are unsure. Weigh the risks versus the benefits. The use of aspirin has been a controversial conversation and remains a personal choice following proper counselling from a medical provider. Aspirin is an anticoagulant, and from a personal standpoint, if you have a ruptured brain aneurysm, the risk of developing a stroke or a blood clot in the brain that can possibly lead to severe brain damage is high. Taking an aspirin (only if you are the right candidate) when you initially suspect that you have a ruptured brain aneurysm, from my personal view, can help decrease the chances of developing a stroke and/or severe brain damage. Some doctors have told me that when I took that aspirin when I started feeling that something was wrong with me, helped me gain full recovery with no complications whatsoever. Some have remained neutral about the benefits of it. In the end, it all falls back to benefit versus risk.

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #6

Listen to your guts. This is the most important tip of them all. When you start having symptoms and you kind of suspect that something is not right with your body, do not stop and play the waiting game. It is better to seek medical help and let them not find anything wrong with you than to wait for things to get worse. If you are a caregiver, seek immediate help if you think something is not normal with your loved one.

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #5

Have an emergency response system plan in place. Knowing what to do when you find yourself in an emergency scenario can help save you a lot of time and give you a peace of mind. Everybody in your household must know your country of residence emergency phone number. In most countries, it is a three digit number. When we lived in Uganda, we had taught our 3year old how to do the radio checks and he was comfortable with it. Call a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or a coworker and let them know of your situation and current plans so they can check on you since you can’t tell how fast things might change.

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #4

Familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Get to know the closest hospital near your residence and the fastest way to get there. This applies to residents and visitors. When we moved to Kampala, Uganda, we spend the first month just trying to familiarize ourselves with the hospitals in the area and the level of care they provided. Knowing the quality and level of care hospitals near you provide is especially important if you are living overseas and particularly in the developing countries. When an emergency hits, time is of an essence. 

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #3

Know basic CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Knowing what to do especially in the initial stages when you are caught in an emergency scenario can save a life or help reduce the severity of potential adverse effects during and after treatment. The American Heart Association and The Red Cross are the most common organizations that offer CPR training classes for both caregivers and healthcare providers. I would encourage you and your family members, including children above the age of 5 years old, to take a CPR course for caregivers. I tend to think that if my husband had not known how to perform CPR, my story would have been different right now. I became unconscious in less than 3 minutes of me requesting him to give me an aspirin and having taken it. Everything was happening so fast. I started to vomit while at the same time biting on my tongue. That was a perfect scenario that could have easily led to aspiration. With his CPR knowledge, he knew exactly what to do. That was to either keep me in an upright position or side-lying while keeping the airway open. 

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