Manny Rettinger

First post: Mar 15, 2016
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On Thursday February 18th, I decided to see a doctor regarding a persistent headache.  My brother Joe helped get me to the Lobo Clinic where the physician decided to order a CT scan at Lovelace Downtown which revealed I was suffering from a significant subdural hematoma.  Typically, that type of bleed is caused by head trauma or sometimes other factors like blood thinners.  It was unusual that it happened to me given that I had none of those.  The emergency room physician decided I needed immediate sedation and intubation.  Lovelace did not have a neurosurgery available so I was transported by ambulance at approximately 10pm to UNMH for emergency surgery to address the bleed and pressure on the right side of my brain.  The surgery went very well and repeat CT scans have shown the bleeding has stopped and brain function was not affected.  I have recently moved to a lower level of care and am no longer in the Neuro ICU.  Recovery is difficult but I am making progress every day.

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