Hi everyone! Thank you ALL for the information!!! I GREATLY appreciate it!!!
Sherry: I had emergency brain surgery because mine burst & hemorrhaged in Aug. 2009. The hemorrhage caused me to have a hemorrhagic stroke, which effected my left side (I write with my left hand) and my vision, so complete recovery efforts have been 'hindered'. I moved to Habersham county (originally from the Habersham county area but have made Hall county my home for approx. 10 yrs. prior to my AVM ordeal - with you being in White county & your mother in Stephens county, I assume you know the quiet area of Habersham county -) a few months ago and trying to re-establish some 'normalcy' back into my life and get fully recovered.
Barbara, Denice, & Sherry: Did you have to wait a long time (weeks, months, etc.) to get an appt. with him after you called Emory for an appt.? (I have an appt. with a neuro-opthalmologist at Emory's Eye Center (near Dr. Barrow's office, it appears) on Tuesday (1/18/11) to hopefully figure out why I STILL (after almost 17 months post surgery) have double vision and find a managable 'resolution' to this problem. I made the appt. 4 or 5 months ago (apparently, there aren't any NEURO-opthalmologists within the NE GA area - Atlanta's Emory Eye Center is the closest place I've found).)
Denice & Sherry: Congrats. on the Gamma Knife treatments! Sooooooooo happy for you two!
Barbara: Thank you for the extra personal information you shared with me privately!
Brian: I hope to NEVER have to go through this again. I don't plan on having surgery again and I am extremely grateful for Dr. Schultz (in Gainesville) but I just think I should be seeing someone with more knowledge about AVMs. (I still really find Dr. Schultz very skillfully competent & I do like him/his mannerims, etc. but I think I should (also) see someone who has more experience with our 'rare' issue (AVM). I have a follow-up appt. with Dr. Schultz on 2/01/11 & I plan on keeping it. I'm so tired of not being able to COMPLETELY trust ANY of the doctors to 'have our backs'/our best health interest & having to research EVERYTHING for myself (& right now, I just don't have the time to do that) about our rare condition.) Did you ever find yourself another neuro doctor? Did you get another opinion (or a recent opinion, etc.) about your 'wait and see' option? Have you seen Dr. Barrow or anyone outside of GA about yours?