I'm not awake when the doctor calls Gordon and Phyllis into the hospital room a while later, "A brain hemorrhage is a type of stroke. It's caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This bleeding kills brain cells. When blood from trauma irritates brain tissues, it causes swelling. This is known as cerebral edema. The pooled blood collects into a mass called a hematoma. These conditions increase pressure on nearby brain tissue, and that reduces vital blood flow and kills brain cells.
Bleeding can occur inside the brain, between the brain and the membranes that cover it, between the layers of the brain's covering or between the skull and the covering of the brain.
The head trauma caused this bleeding on the brain. The symptoms of a brain hemorrhage can vary. They depend on the location of the bleeding, the severity of the bleeding, and the amount of tissue affected. Symptoms may develop suddenly or over time. They may progressively worsen or suddenly appear. This is a life-threatening condition, so anyone this happens to should call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. The symptoms include: A sudden severe headache, Seizures with no previous history of seizures, Weakness in an arm or leg, Nausea or vomiting, Decreased alertness; lethargy, Changes in vision, Tingling or numbness, Difficulty speaking or understanding speech, Difficulty swallowing, Difficulty writing or reading, Loss of fine motor skills, such as hand tremors, Loss of coordination, Loss of balance, An abnormal sense of taste, Loss of consciousness."
Gordon, "Is there any treatments for this?"
"Treatment depends on the location, cause and extent of the hemorrhage I can describe certain medications; these include painkillers, corticosteroids or diuretics to reduce swelling, and anticonvulsants to control seizures. Surgery may be needed to alleviate swelling. I'll give you time to decide. Even if she gets the medication and surgery she can still die, because of the size of the haemorrhage and the amount of swelling she already has." The doctor leaves.
Phyllis looks at her brother, "What do we do now?"
"We'll try out the medication."
Gordon arranged for me to be taken back to his house. He'd get doctor Dara, a vampire to look after my progress. A week has passed already when Doctor Dara says to Gordon and Phyllis, "It doesn't look good. A cat scan this morning showed that the swelling hasn't alleviated. We've all seen that she's been getting seizures in her unconscious states. She opened her eyes this morning when you weren't here; she had difficulty speaking or understanding me. I don't even think that surgery will help her."
Doctor Dara has been here long enough to realize that Gordon would rather change me than let me die, "I have much respect for you, Gordon. You know I do. But I can't give you permission to change her. You'll have to ask them yourself."
Phyllis walks in, "I'll talk with them. They'll just have to listen."
Doctor Dara, "You had a dream, Phyllis?"
"Yes. She's meant for Gordon, I dreamt it many centuries ago."
Doctor Dara looks at me, "You don't have much time persuading them. She's fading away. " She leaves.
Phyllis is trying to encourage her brother, "My dreams has always meant very much to the council. I'll go to them right away."
"You're leaving for New York? What if it takes too long? What if they don't give permission? Maybe I should go."
"No. Stay here. I will try my best to persuade them. Stay here with Guinevere ." She leaves the room.
Gordon sits down on the chair that's in front of the window. Kirsten had disappeared after the accident. Probably afraid she'd go to jail. He whispers to me hoping that I'd hear what he's saying, "I'm a vampire, Guinevere. And I can't let you die. Even if I have to change you without the Council's permission; I don't care what they do to me; as long as you live. Would you want to be a vampire?"
I heard every word he just said. I've heard everything they were saying, since this morning. I couldn't understand anything until now. I open my eyes. He sees it so he moves closer to the bed, "Guinevere, did you hear what I just said? Do you understand?"
I give a faint smile.
"Would you want to be a vampire?"
I give another faint smile. Gordon knows that I've just given him an answer, and that answer is yes.
Quentin comes in, "Phyllis just left."
Gordon, "could you leave us alone, please."
"Yes Mr Yates." He sees that my eyes are open. He smiles at me and then walks out closing the bedroom door behind him.
Gordon gets off the bed and puts my socks and sneakers on saying, "I want to show you something." He puts a blanket around me, and then one of my beanies lying on the dresser. Opens the bedroom window and then picks me up as if I'm as light as a feather. He effortlessly carries me out through the window and then moves up to the roof of the house. We sit. The stars are shining bright, it's so beautiful.
Phyllis is back the next day late in the afternoon. She meets with Gordon in the kitchen, "How's she doing?"
"She's barely alive. But her eyes are open and she understands me. She wordlessly gave me permission to change her."