Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
On 2nd June, it will be 8 years since my AAD. Everything has been going fine with no problems until January this year. I blacked out at the cardiac rehab gym and was taken to hospital to be checked out. Because of my medical history they were very concerned with my heart, thinking that it may have suddenly stopped beating for a moment but despite all their tests they could find nothing wrong so after 2 days they sent me home. Shortly after, I had a very intense pain in my back, so I returned…Continue
Yes it's 6 years since I suffered an acute aortic dissection. I'm still here and going strong. Recovery has been slow but steady and apart from the occasional dizzy spell, I'm doing fine. I go for long walks every day and ride my motorbike whenever the weather is good enough. In a couple of months I'll be 70! My son asked me what I wanted and I said, "another 10 years". Here's hoping.
Yes it's 5 years today since I was operated on for an acute aortic dissection. At the time, my wife was told I wouldn't survive. But look, here I still am, and since that fateful day, I've been skiing, ridden my motorcycle to the Italian Alps and Southern Spain, and been on two narrow-boat holidays. In two weeks time, we'll be off again. So, there's hope for us all. Just stay positive and enjoy life to the full - it's the only one you've got.
Today I celebrate 4 years of survival after suffering an Acute Aortic Dissection. It was only the quick action of my wife Eve, and the skills of the cardiac surgery team at Southampton General that saved my life.
Next week, we are heading for the South of Spain on my BMW R1200RT motorcycle after crossing by ferry from Poole in Southern England to Gijon in Northern Spain. We'll be back on June 29th.
On 2nd June, I celebrated the 2nd anniversary of my Type A Aortic Dissection. On that day I had arrived in Gargnano, on the Western side of Lake Garda in Italy, having ridden my BMW motorcycle through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, over a period of 3 days, to get there. This was some achievement for me, as only a few weeks before, I found it hard to do more than a few tens of miles without getting very tired. I stayed with several other biker friends at our hotel in Gargnano…Continue
Sunday 22nd April 2012
Did a 200 mile round trip on my BMW R1200RT motorcycle today.
This is the longest trip I've done since my AD 22 months ago. A mixture of motorway, A-roads and country lanes. Wasn't too bad. First 100 miles was pretty easy. Stopped for one hour for lunch then headed back home. Hands were a bit tired and bum was a bit sore by time I got home. I need to get more riding practice in, doing longer trips, in preparation for my trip to Italy at the end of May, as…Continue
I bought myself a new bike.
You can see it here: http://www.aorticdissection.co.uk/photo/my-new-bike
Added by Gregory Smith on October 26, 2011 at 14:36 — No Comments
Today, I had my first annual check-up (at Southampton General) although it's actually been 15 months since my AD.
CT scan OK, ECG OK, weight OK, blood sugar OK, cholesterol OK. Blood pressure is still a cause for concern since it rises during the day. It's nice and low shortly after taking my meds in the morning but by the end of the day it's much higher. The German doctor (consultant's registrar) suggested alternative medication, something new which has shown good results in trials.…Continue
10 months since my AD.
Went out on my BMW K100 yesterday, with Eve (wife) as pillion. First time on the bike since last summer. I may have lost a lot of things but I haven't lost the skill and joy of riding a big, fast motorbike :) Looking forward to lots more riding this year.