Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Is this life Threatening?

I almost can't remember how many times I have said this phrase now. All I know is time slows down, and I get a slightly echo-ish feeling.

You are skipping along, and then suddenly you find yourself in a memento like time skip. For me, every medical crisis boils down to these four words. Is this life threatening.

It is sort of funny how life finds a way to side-swipe you. In a not so funny way.You think you know how things are going to play out when your family starts getting older. Heart problems - check. Cancer - check. But when my mother-in-law was admitted to ICU on Friday for complications from a fall she took two weeks ago - it was a complete shock. She had been attributing the headaches she was having to a existing history of migraine. Apparently when you hit your head, you can appear fine and still have some very terrible things wrong with your brain. I was under the mistaken impression that if you can go play tennis 3 days after your fall, you are probably okay.

Apparently brains don't work that way, and problems can lay in wait just to screw with you. Even if a CATscan or MRI is done immediately, there can still be problems that don't show on the tests and can present themselves days or weeks later. That little pain in your head really means something like this is happening.

Stolen from here.

A little brain surgery later and she felt markedly better. Though word today is they might have to go back in and do a little more draining. See...side-swipe. Life likes to screw with you in that way.

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