One year after life saving brain surgery.
One year after Brain Surgery
It’s funny (well not really) how my surroundings have found a way to guide me each time I get side tracked or of course from living the kind of life that is meaningful to me. This month is the 12 month anniversary that some pretty major things occurred that changed me forever.
Before I get into that I have to take you back to Feb 10, 2012.
Most people who know me have all the details and this is not about re-living all the juicy details, it is more about explaining how I got to where I am today.
After a week of ignoring numbness where I couldn’t feel my entire left side, I finally allowed my wife to convince me that I should go to hospital.
When I did go the hospital the doctors found that I had a bleed on my brain.
After 7 days in hospital, I was told by my Doctors to go home and put my life on hold and do nothing go nowhere for the next 6 weeks.
Just before my 6 week appointment with the team at the Austin hospital I disobeyed them and went to work where I experienced another bleed. When I arrived at the hospital and the nurses attempted to assist me I couldn’t tell them my name, what day it was, why I was there and I must have collapsed because the next thing I remember is waking up in a bed with all the wires attached to me and a strange lady at the foot of my bed asking if I knew who she was?
The lady I didn’t know was my wife of 16 years at the time. The 12 months after the second bleed were rough. I realised my time on this planet is limited and I wondered what the people I loved would think of me if I kicked the bucket. Physically I looked well but cognitively things were a mess. I couldn’t type an email, finish sentences, drive a car, remember who visited me, I was aggressive and abusive, suffered debilitating fatigue and because of the nature of the bleed there was no way of confirming why the bleeding occured and for more than 2 years a tumour or the C word had not been ruled out.
Mostly though, I suffered from not knowing what I could do to help myself recover. When i asked the medical professional they couldn’t help. When i tried to seek advice of how to support my brain, what foods to eat or not eat I did not get any help. They couldn’t, they were not set up to help in this way, so I did what you would do, I turned to Google and my own research.
What i discovered opened my eyes, engaged my curiosity, gave me hope and focus, enabled me to take action to begin healing my brain, but the side effects, OMG the side effects, the unintended benefits of what I learned and then implemented were far more amazing than anything I can describe in this post which I intend to keep brief.
4 months before the 3 year anniversary of the second bleed on Monday Nov 3, 2014 while heading to work I noticed a burning sensation on my left side like I had been in the sun too long which I had not.
As I drove myself to hospital I wondered if I would make it and with relief when I did I went to triage and told the nurse to hurry up and get help as I was experiencing another stroke. after finaly convicing her and handing over my identification details I was rushed into CT scan and a 3rd bleed was confirmed.
You can’t avoid Brain Surgery
You’d think that the surgeon telling me that Brain surgery was now something I could not avoid would be the worst thing I would hear that week but it wasn’t. When I was sent home after a day and night of observation as usual I was completely swamped by loving friends and family including my brother, parents and plethora of in-laws of the sibling kind and parental kind.
That Tuesday evening my mother in law called and over the phone we spoke for a few minutes with our conversation ending with a mutual I love you. My wife’s sister later told me that when she discussed my condition with her mum, my mother in law said “I would rather god take me and leave Bill alone”. Three days later we received a call early Friday morning from my wife’s younger sister with the sad news that my mother in law had passed away.
I finding it hard to continue this post from here.
I don’t have the words to express how I feel about those events, so instead of that I will say the following, in honour of my ever loving and supportive family and my selfless mother in law who was prepared to sacrifice herself for me, I was never going to give up no matter what obstacles I faced, a full recovery was the only option.
Surgery occurred on November 25, 2014, and when I woke up my left arm and leg did not work properly and I had to spend a month in rehab relearning to walk and use my left arm and hand.
My recovery continues and as it does, so does my knowledge and experience in what it takes to heal the wounds both physical and emotional and with that courage is starting to take hold and the fear is subsiding and my hearts desires are coming to life and as they do amazing creativity is entering my body and as they come together only one thing is left to do and that is announce that Bill Gasiamis version 3.0 is about to go live and this re-invention is bigger and better than ever before.
From this day on I look forward to being of service to you all by sharing what i have learned about health, life, love and everything in between via a podcast show that I first imagined while in hospital waiting in the transit lounge to go rehab and go from the condition I was in to where i wanted to be which was back on my feet and on the road to a full recovery.
Successful Brain Surgery
So to mark the 12 month anniversary of my successful Brain Surgery to honour my wonderful wife Christine of 20 years (in Jan 2016) to honour everyone who prayed for me, supported me, worried about me, for my Brother, Mother, Dad and amazing kids, extended family friends and anyone that ever smiled or said hello to me or wished me well and for my mother in law looking down on us from up above, I bring you www.thetransitloungepodcast.com helping you go from where you are to where you’d rather be
Please listen and if you feel so inclined share this post and podcast to people you feel will benefit. The first two episodes are uploaded with another two already recorded and being edited as we speak.
My intention is to bring to you conversations about health and wellbeing and any other topic that promotes a balanced life, and that expands what we already know by sharing new ideas and findings from people that have achieved extra ordinary results overcoming adversity, or by supporting other in need and helping people and people realise like i did that “the ideal conditions for growth may at first appear hostile”. Bill Gasiamis.