Transcript for 'Rebooting My Brain' Book Chronicles Brain Aneurysm, Recovery
So take us back several years ago to explain what happened -- with a sprained Harrison. So in 2000 eight's I had been suffering from some severe headaches for awhile demand and I collapsed. At home from what turned out to be ruptured screeners. Luckily my husband came home from work early that day. And gotten -- hospital right away which was very licensing. After doing some emergency scans they realized that it was -- ruptured -- terrorism that cost what's called cyber -- hemorrhage. Which is a certain type of lead in your brain a certain type of stroke. And they performs an emergency procedures and I was probably in the hospital a total of about six weeks. Between icu -- surgery and then also inpatient -- And then sent many more months and the subsequent years just in recovery dealing with cognitive and and emotional impairments from the brain injury itself getting my strength back. I had some vision issues that were -- hemorrhage so I had to we told my -- -- cleared up in -- it's -- surgeries to deal that. But. -- that that was really what happened and I eventually got back to working -- back in my life again and hear him now ratings spoke about the experience. He talked about some other things in the books and seen some sort of values that carried you through this experience what were a couple of those that were most tactful for you. Yeah I think with distance from the recovery and now that sort of back and things into the swing of things. I started to see a pattern of of some major themes emerging helped me with my victories as I went along and -- rehab. And to me it kind of boil down to three things patients acceptance and using humor to get through. And those kids seem to pop up over and over again as as the mean -- to news that we're I feel over the key to recovery -- not a medical expert that you sort of could be having gone through this for the past number of years. And part of your research humor really disciplined and -- in going talking to doctors nurses all sorts of medical professionals he talk about that journey from authors perspective and patient's perspective. What was interesting because I I was going out from a journalistic point of view but I was talking to my actual merits -- -- receive my life on -- died. My actual rehab psychologist so. In in getting information from them they were actually showing scans. Of my -- they were showing me the notes that they wrote about my case -- my situation. And so I I did a good job of distancing myself a little bit from the personal side of it. But it was it was exciting to -- the honest to go back and talk to these doctors. With the benefit of OK so -- -- close that gap what actually happened on the stage of what actually happened during the surgery and and what was I like during this time because I don't think a lot of patients get to. -- doctors and I just found it really eye opening and my doctors were so generous with their time information. -- it to make sure that that information got out because -- so much people don't understand and know about brain injury.
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