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Susan Hunt wrote at 2013-08-31 16:53:10
I Survived after I had a ruptured brain aneurysm about 4 yr's ago. Had my surgery at Barnes-Jewish hospital in  St.Louis,Mo. (wonderful hospital and staff}, the first procedure they performed was to drill a hole in the top of my head to let off pressure (I had already slipped into a coma, then they tried the coiling procedure, didn't work so they inserted the shunt. I have some brain damage, short term memory loss. However about a yr.after the surgery I started seeing double, horrible, I would see a car coming toward me and I would see the car and then the same car side by side and another same car above the real car. Made me very nauseated and terrified. My regular medical doctor sent me for a brain scan and a brain angiogram, both were normal. Him nor the neurologist seemed to have a clue, so I had been an LPN since 1973 and my younger sister went on and became an R.N., so she it the internet and finally found an article that described everything I was expierncing. The article went on to explain that the vision could sometimes solved by a special lens for your glasses called yoke prisim lens and even an optometrist could prescribing. It worked, however it didn't last long so I went to my opthamolgist, she prescribed stronger lenses and sent me to an eye surgeon, I kept going back to her every 3 mths for a yr and had to buy stronger lenses, finally my vision seemed to level out but is not perfect to to the aneurysm had also caused eye movement disorder which causes my eyes not to be able to move up and down nor sideways as fast as they should. I have now reached the time that my vision has not worsened in over 6 mths, the eye surgeon informed me she could now do the surgery but there was the possibity that she might go a little over or a little under and I would still need the special lenses. I said "then why would I want to put myself through all of that and decided against the surgery, informed my opthomologist of my decision and she fully agreed. I wrote this in case other people are going through this terrifying problem, there are choices other than eye patches, yes that worked too but I have discovered this is going to be a life long battle and I just have to try and use my damaged brain to research and follow my instinct's. Back in the 70's and 80's I used to work for a few doctor's as their office nurse and when they come across a problem they did not understand, no matter how full the waiting room was they would go to their office and pull out that big old medical manual and read what they could about the problem, then send you to a specialist, now they have computer's and can find this information in 5 minute's but they won't take the time to look, they just send you for test's and other specialist's, why would the neurologist that did the brain angiogram on me, not know about these lenses? They are too busy trying to grab the almighty dollar, and I wander how some of them got through medical school in the first place. Thank God for hospital's like Barnes-Jewish who will take you without any insurance and help guide you through exactly how to get the help you need. God bless those wonderful, Doctor's and nurses there and thank God for hospital's like St.Jude and Laboner in Memphis, Tn. where no child is ever turned away. Let them make fun of the South and Bill Mayer say back here we still treat patient's with leeches, hope if he is ever lucky enough to have a child that should become striken with cancer or any serious illness he can manage to get that child to Memphis, Tn.

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Elliot B. Werner, <B>M.D.</B>


I am an ophthalmologist trained at the University of Pennsylvania. I can answer general questions in all areas of ophthalmology relating to diseases of the eye. My special areas of expertise are glaucoma and cataracts, especially the surgical aspects.

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