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Mother’s Day 2008

The Sunday before Mother’s Day in 2008, I had a Basilar Artery Migraine (BAM) that almost ended my life. I am a RN and have dealt with migraines since 1994. I have a mediport so I could access it at home and deliver medications to keep me out of a hospital admission, which was 6-8 months out of a year.

So on this particular Sunday, my husband, my son (of 5), and myself were at home doing some housekeeping. I told my husband I was starting to get a migraine so I proceeded to go to the bathroom to access my mediport….I woke up in ICU(my ICU where I worked) on the following Wednesday. The BAM had constricted my basilar artery & caused a cardiac arrest. My husband heard me hit our bathroom floor, came in, & started CPR. He is my angel and saved my life.

I don’t remember any of this, it was very scary to hear what happened & is still affecting our lives. I am dealing with memory loss, anxiety for my son (he had seen me lifeless on the floor during CPR), and the continuing migraines/headaches almost daily is a struggle to balance marriage, a job, and a mom. I was dc’d home in time for Mother’s Day.

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  • margaret
    6 years ago

    Wow! I have never heard of this before. Thank God you survived and are ok (well minus the migraines) I really feel for you and your family and I hope that everything works out for you. I am a migraine survivor and I can tell you what has worked for me. You can read this link below.
    I’m trying to let everyone know my story in hopes that it will help someone else out there. Best of luck and I pray that you get better soon!

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