Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
It's been a long time since I last posted, and happily, the news is good.
When I first came out of hospital after unexpected emergency surgery, I found it impossible in the first months to imagine that I would ever feel really well again. But I do, really well. Four and a half years on from that surgery, I've just had another round of check-ups for everything, not just the aortic dissection and happily, I'm told that - taking into account the fact that I'm chronically asthmatic and what I've been through - I am in "perfect health".
Of course, I live in Germany, where the state healthcare system is...well...thorough, so I have confidence in what I'm being told. My cardiologist doesn't want to see me for another three years. My medication has been substantially reduced, so I'm now taking just 5mg of Bisoprolol and low-dose aspirin, plus asthma stuff (that's under good control). Statins didn't agree with me, and the other blood pressure medication proved too much. My blood pressure these days is 115/66 (less medication, more activity).
To be honest, I feel as well as I did in my 20s, and I'm now 61. So I'm very grateful. Of course, all of us have a different mix of health issues to contend with, and my experience is just that, mine. But if you're just trying to come to terms with coming round from surgery and all the physical and emotional turmoil that follows for many of us, don't give up.
Here's hoping that we all have a happy festive season, and that 2016 is a good year for us!
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