Labor Day 2007 was a normal holiday weekend. Just 2 weeks prior, I’d celebrated my 49th birthday and was enjoying some quality time with my sons. By late morning I’d developed a MAJOR headache that ended up lasting all day (on a scale of 1-10 it rated a 15!). Although I tried every pain killer, ice bag, compress I could get my hands on, by late afternoon it had sent me to my local ER. A c-t scan proved clear, but the pain persisted. Fortunately, the ER doctor was on his game. He ordered a lumbar puncture which indicated I was suffering from a brain aneurysm and was sent by ambulance to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.
I spent one night there and was transferred to Borgess the next morning. I don’t remember much from that point on, other than waking up in the ICU (I believe) and being told that I had suffered two cerebral aneurysms; one had already burst which was causing the severe pain, the other was about to. Dr’s Al-Ali and Meyer performed a clipping procedure on one and a coiling procedure on the other.
I know that I am one very lucky individual and all I can say is (and I’ve said it many times since) there are MIRACLE WORKERS at Borgess Hospital, specifically the Neurological Unit!! Without them, their team, their precise knowledge, talent, patience, and devotion, I KNOW I would not be here today. I literally owe my life to them and uphold them to the highest degree! I’ve since been able to enjoy 6 more birthdays and wake up each and every morning thanking the Good Lord for another day and asking him to bless those extremely dedicated people at Borgess!
Thank you for letting me share my story….keep doing the awesome things you do!!