February 11, 2015
Today is my three year ANEURversary!! Three years ago today, on the morning of my brother’s wedding day, I suffered from a brain aneurysm at 19 years old. I was sleeping next to my sister when she heard/felt me begin to have a seizure. My family called the ambulance and they took me to Arroyo Grande Hospital. They ran numerous tests to try and figure out what was wrong with me. They did a Lumbar puncture to check for Meningitis, and that is how they found out my brain was bleeding (because the fluid was pink/redish rather than clear). The doctors made the decision to send me to Cottage Hospital where Dr. Zauner specializes in this type of thing so I was rushed in an ambulance all the way from Arroyo Grande to Santa Barbara. Dr. Zauner and his team performed the coil embolization procedure on me. I vaguely remember anything about that entire day until I came to in the angiography suite. I remember how sweet everyone was and helpful in informing me of everything that happened and assuring me that I was okay. I was taken to a room in the ICU, where I stayed for a week or so. Dr. Zauner and all of the nurses were AMAZING to my family and I. He explained everything to us in a way that made sense and we knew what was going on. He came and checked on me a couple times a day to make sure I was okay. Through out my whole stay at the hospital and even when I went home, I was able to ask him anything and he would explain it to me or assure me that I was okay. I couldn’t have asked for a better Doctor. Dr. Zauner will never know how much appreciation and respect I have for him.