I didn’t really care what an AVM was/is for a long time. Mommy told me what had happened as soon as she got to the hospital (she kept telling me for the next month+ before I woke up). I don’t remember that – my first recollection of hearing the term, “AVM” was when DnA came to visit me early on and A told me what happened. She explained it clearly, and I understood what she was saying, but I didn’t believe her. Until I met Dr. Dogan (my surgeon) near the end of my stay at RIO (3rd Hospital) I thought that if I was going to keep someone captive in the hospital I could have thought up a much more plausible scenario than this ridiculous brain-bleeding story. And what was this about a stroke? For over a year I wasn’t sure if I had had 2 things (AVM +Stroke) or just 1(AVM). It took me over 1.5 years, but I got the scoop from my neurologist – the AVM caused the Big Bad Stroke (my phrase, not hers).
So that’s been part of my learning process. Meanwhile, If I had cared enough to look up this graphic sooner, it would have helped.
You might also like:
Mayo Clinic – Brain AVM defined
The Stroke Association – What is an AVM? (Same link as picture above)
I am going to try your posted Lasagna!
Yay! Thank you – the tortillas get all melted and yummy. I love this veggie version, but next time I might try meat.
Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or
go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that
I’m completely conrused .. Any tips? Bless you!
Hi, Tawnya – Thanks so much for stopping by – sorry for the delayed response. Regarding writing tips the only thing I can think of is developing “voice.” The friends who read my blog often say it’s like talking to me. I write how I speak and I like that people who know me can “tell” it’s me. I also know how to write bc I read a lot as a child. (I was also an English major as an undergrad.) I guess I unconsciously emulate writers I like bc their voices are constantly swimming in my head. (This isn’t always great since it’s already crowded up there.)
About choosing a platform, there are definitely more helpful opinions than mine out there. I kind of “fell” into whatever was convenient bc of my physical limitations. But there are positives and negatives, e.g. if you self-host you have more control over what things look like etc. But since I’m going with WordPress they take care of stuff like all my spam, which is great since I don’t have extra brain cells to devote to that sort of thing. Here is a good article from the Detoxinista on How to Start your Own Blog in 3 Easy Steps.
Well done you! Im about to start learning to walk again after a badly broken leg. Kudos to you, everyone in my family gets strokes so you have my sympathies. xx
Thank you! Wishing you fast healing and soon walking. 🙂
Thanks! I hope so too – I’ve been house bound for 3mths and it’s very frustrating as I’m sure you know x