Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Hi. I recently joined the website, and would like to say it has been an amazing discovery, it can really feel like you are the only family to have suffered the drama and shock of a close family member having such a serious condition, and when searching the web it does seem to be only the worse case scenarios you read about on medical websites!
My father discovered he had a AAA back i think at the end of august start of september, mid october he was told it was big, 7.5cm, that was on the Tuesday, when he was told he would have to undergo more tests to test the strength of his heart and lungs, to see if he could survive the op to fix it. He is 73 and anemic, also he has has angina for around twenty odd years. However, there was never time to carry out these tests, as, 5 days later,on the Sunday, he woke 'not feeling right' and took a couple of indigestion tablets. He managed to make his way downstairs before he collapsed into his chair (again, so lucky to have not fell down the stairs!). My mum, who obviously knew his newly diagnosed condition, called 999 and an abulance came very quickly. We are so lucky that we knew what was happening, as i have read most people do not even know they have a AAA until its far too late. The paramedics managed to bring him round, and got him to hospital. Things happened then so fast. He was met with the surgery team, received a blood transfussion prior to surgery, the surgeon had told my mother he had a 50% chance, but that he had to operate right then and there. My dad made it through surgery, and was moved to ICU. He was kept in the ICU for around a week and a half, and in the early days he was very confused, the consultant advised us this was common in older patients - delirium. Cue another evening of googling, and discovering how serious this could be! Thank god, my dad came out of the delerium after a couple of days. He was then moved to a regular ward, and was there for approximately two weeks. He is now home, and can move about up to the toilet for example, but is very weak. He has been off his food, and has been prescribed Fortisip drinks now, which we have to collect tomorrow. We have tried to give him just small things to pick at, rice puddings, cereal as he has gone right off his food. When he was in the regular ward he contracted C dif, which he has now been given anti-biotics for. He is also not sleeping at all during the night, so i was wondering if anyone else was like this when they left hospital? He was 'released' as he calls it(!) on Thursday, 5 days ago.
hello, thanks for posting your reply, i have not been on the website for a while so so sorry i havent got back to everyone before now! My dad ended up having to go back to hospital again, the c diff returned so he was back in for a week, he is out now again and is getting his appetite back, the c diff didnt help with the not eating! he is getting on well, still not sleeping much, but eating more and walking about more, not managing downstairs much but he is walking about upstairs a few times a day and the physios have had him downstairs, he is getting there slowly.
Your story is amazing, it really is astounding what the body can pull you through. i think what you said about thoughts going through your head when you have a quiet moment is true with my dad too, i think thats maybe caused his insomnia, i think for the first few weeks he didnt really know what had happened, he couldnt remember anything of what happened the day his AAA starting leaking and his op etc, i can only imagine the kind of disbelief and shock it must be to get your head round having life saving surgery. I think time has helped he is getting on well, he has a quite a bad cough he says he has a choking feeling when he is trying to sleep at night, the Dr has indicated this could be due to the breathing tube he had for around ten days in ICU so hopefully that will clear up itself. Thank you again for your support and everyone else on this site it has truly been a positive experience finding the website and hearing everyones stories. xx