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At 18:19 on October 22, 2010, Graeme said…
Hey Jodi..

Yeah..its not easy//// tired yes.. but im a bit of a overachiever so i seem ot be able to push myself the extra yard if i need to...but im asleep in front of the tv/fire by 9 and in bed by 10 most nights..but i work pretty hard at my job which is a consultant for web and media social media in the travel industry.. my double vision is back again lately..probably too much computer work.. No real chronic pains.. took 1-2 years to adjust to my new status and especially the noise of my tin heart valve which seems to be magnified by the dacron aorta graft..thats my theory anyway..i guess as its 7 years plus now i dont dwell too much on it i am one of the lucky ones who have been "fixed" life..its good - no matter how hard it gets...

At 7:43 on October 19, 2010, Graeme said…
Hey Jodi

Yes it is incredibly frustrating..the biggest thing i had was being really angry at myself (my body!) for letting this happen..but after the long long road back to your previous life (I am past 7 years now!) it really teaches you - i guess - how lucky we all are to survive - in one form or another - and how sweet life is.. even with all the extra 'baggage' we now carry.. there is not a day goes by that i do not marvel at something that is good ...a sunset, a huge flock of geese flying overhead on their way back to Canada.. our dog having doggie dreams in front of the fire..whatever..its finding the things that make you smile and life and living that is what it is all about!

take care

At 4:29 on October 19, 2010, Kimberlee Jones said…
I know it is so frustrating. That thought that always pops in your head when something doesn't feel right. That question "is this my dissection" with that said if it is something else going on will the doctors catch it or just chalk it up to the dissection. I wish you the best of luck and know that I and everyone here are here for you *hugs*
At 19:30 on October 18, 2010, Graeme said…
Hey Jodi..

Welcome to the Aortic Dissection Group! So sorry to hear all about your troubles, I will send a much longer email to you tomorrow - but in the meantime DO NOT be afraid to ask any of us here for advice and we all have been - or are going through our own trials and tribulations - and we are all here to help one another..


Graeme Archer


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