Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
My name is Elaine and this is my story. On 6 May 2011 I was at work (I am a nurse) when I collapsed with chest pain. My memory of the events is vague but I do remember having a CT scan which confirmed Aortic Dissection Class A. I was transferred to St Georges Hospital Tooting and underwent emargency surgery. My family were told that I probably wouldn't survive and 2 of my sons flew in from California and Canada.
Clearly I did survive. I was in hospital for only 6 days then discharged,unfortunately i was readmitted with dehydration and Fast Atrrial Fibrilation and remained in hospital for another 6 days then discharged.
I am now at home on the road to recovery I hope. I am so frustrated with what I feel is slow progress but reading your stories has helped me put it all in perspective. I am only 4 weeks down the line and able to walk for about 20 mins a day without breathlessness. I only need to take paracetamol as painkillers and manage to sleep fairly well apart from a period of 1 hour between 3 and 4 in the morning? I have realised that a small pillow under my chest wall enables me to get quite comfortable.
I realise I have a very long way to go but it is great to hear from others who have been through the same thing
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