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Jodi C.
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Tracey E.
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The sound of the pulsating noise continued at a very loud reverberation throughout the day. The pulsating noise in my right ear was irritating, and getting progressively louder, especially at night. I found it extremely difficult to sleep. The following Saturday, I could not stand the noise in my ear any longer and drove myself to a redi-care facility. I was there three hours while they performed an EKG, took vitals, and had different nurses come in and listen to my bruit. I now had a name for this noise in my ear: they diagnosed a "bruit". One nurse came into the room they had put me in, and asked if she could listen, because she had never heard bruit first-hand.

No one seemed at all alarmed, and suggested to continue decongestants and they would pass my tests to my primary care physician on Monday. Later, we learned that I had a dissected right carotid and a pseudo aneurysm in that location. It was decided that I would be airlifted to another facility. I was released two days later, and rode back home with my husband in his car.

After two years, the brain forgets that the left hand does not function properly, and I have broken many dishes and bowls, and dropped many glasses and casseroles.

 

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