Hi, Hope you had a happy Easter. I had my cranio about 14 years ago. I had a whole year to decide what I wanted to do after a rupture. I chose surgery because the thought of having another rupture was just too scary, and painful for me. That headache, the worst ever. What I had to deal with the the rupture showed me what I could deal with(nystagmus, diplopia, and ataxia). There were no guarantees these things wouldn't happen again, or that things would not get worse. In my situation, what I experienced with the rupture occurred again but as much as I have improved I am left with deficits. I feel very fortunate because I have compensated. I have left sided weakness but I can drive and walk without a cane. I suppose I could run but I choose not too because besides making me a little nauseous, I never was much of a runner. lol
From what I can remember, I was in the hospital for about 5-6 days. I was doing in-hospital rehabilitation through a new program which was introduced on the ward. So, after about a month of in-hospital rehab, I got to go home. Still did some out-patient rehab, about once a week for about another month. What I asked for when I was in the hospital was pencil and paper so I could draw. My sister gave me a voice recorder in case I felt like doing an audio diary...I'm not much of a talker. I really didn't need much in the hospital. After doing occupational and physiotherapy exercises, I was just exhausted. I pretty much just wanted to sleep. I have a scar on the back of my neck which can be seen when my hair is in a ponytail.
I am grateful for all the medical staff, family, and friends for their help in my recovery.
I wish you much courage in the decision you make and the most successful outcome from that decision. Take care.