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I had a fall yesterday and hurt my side.

I don't quite know how it happened.  I was standing in our spare room / study tidying up a bit when I somehow lost my balance and fell against the front corner of the wardrobe.  I took most of the impact on my lower left side.  I think my left side (which is my weaker side since my stroke) didn't keep up with my brain!  Even though I was stood quite close I hit the wardrobe with enough force to break the door off its hinge.  Fortunately my wife…


Added by David Vaughan on March 4, 2011 at 10:01 — 4 Comments

Home sweet home!

Home at last!   Seems quite strange to be home again after all this time.  When I last left home I thought I would be back in a couple of hours, not three weeks later!  As David was saying, it takes some getting used to managing without the support of a dedicated medical team.  I've had a couple of walks around the house today but have felt quite tired and have rested quite a lot.  I guess it's all quite a shock to the system!  I have the district nurse coming tomorrow to test my INR but she… Continue

Added by David Vaughan on February 10, 2011 at 20:12 — 4 Comments

Still Here!

Hi all

Well I am still here and likely to be for the next 48 hours at least.  I've been pumped full of intravenous anti-biotics all through the weekend but my temp. was still a bit raised this morning and they don't want to take any chances.  I guess it doesn't matter where I recover as long as i do recover!

I feel pretty good in myself at the moment apart from sleeping a lot.   I think the Tramadol I am taking helps to dull any pains I might have. 

I was getting pretty…


Added by David Vaughan on February 7, 2011 at 19:49 — 1 Comment

Not so close!

Seems like I am not quite as close to "the end of the beginning" as I thought!

Yesterday my temp  went over 38C which started a few alarm bells ringing.  I had been expecting to go home but perhaps I was unrealistic.  Now it looks like i'm here for the weekend.  I'm am now on antibiotics and have been put in isolation as my stools had been very loose.  They are worried about the usual seasonal nasties like Nora virus.  It's a pain but rather safe than sorry.  Problem now is that I…


Added by David Vaughan on February 4, 2011 at 16:47 — 4 Comments

I'm Back!

Hi everyone,


Thanks for all you good wishes and support while I was out of action around the dark side. I am glad Aileen was able to update you on my progress.


I wish I could say I feel fine but every time I pop my head up that damn MAC Truck thunders into me again. But every day it's getting just a little easier.


I had a transfusion last night as my Haemaglobin was a bit down.  I have now had all remaining wires removed and followed that with…


Added by David Vaughan on February 1, 2011 at 20:36 — 3 Comments

A few questions

David's recovery from the actual surgery is going well and he is now on an ordinary ward :-)  

One thing he has is really bad indigestion which is distressing him. They are giving him omneprazole and gaviscon but it isn't having any effect. Is this a common problem? No one else on the ward seems to have it.


He is feeling quite down atm due to the fact that its just like he has had another stroke although they say its the effects of the old one come back not a new one.…


Added by David Vaughan on January 31, 2011 at 8:45 — 6 Comments

He is awake :-)

Thank you so much for your posts I don't think anyone else  really realises what a big deal this is. They replaced the whole of the aortic arch and the valve in the end although when he went in they had said they would leave the valve. We haven't spoken to Mr Bryan yet so don't know why. I am pleased they did it as hopefully everything will work ok now. The aorta was 10cm !


Much to our amazement they started to wake him up yesterday morning, by lunch time he was responding to…


Added by David Vaughan on January 29, 2011 at 10:57 — 3 Comments

Update from Davids family

So David has finally had the surgery and after 8 1/2 of the longest hours in my life has made it back to CICU :-)  Thats the good news, the bad news is we still have to wait until they wake him up to see if he is ok. They are not sure when they will attempt this it may be tomorrow or it may not.


One of the surgeons came and spoke to us and said " this as big as it gets in terms of surgery" tbh i wish he hadn't said that. To us he looks like death barely warmed up, to them he…


Added by David Vaughan on January 27, 2011 at 23:59 — 4 Comments

Final Countdown!

17 hours to go and counting!  I'm first on the list at 8:00am tomorrow.

They got some good images from my echo this morning so I hope they will be useful.

My aortic valve does leak a bit but I hope they will be able to repair it.  Not sure I like the idea of a ticking valve like yours, Graeme but I guess it's a lot better than nothing at all!

I don't really know a lot more, about what they are going to do, than I was told after I was first admitted.  I believe the tear…


Added by David Vaughan on January 26, 2011 at 15:13 — 4 Comments

My angiogram

Cheryl and Kimberlee - thanks for the heads-up. It's good to be pre-warned about these things then you can be better prepared. Hadn't thought about the car issue but I think I should be OK. Fortunately I drive a Land Rover Discovery so I think that fits the bill. My wife's BMW will be a definite no no!

Well, I got through my angiogram with good results. My coronary arteries appear to be in good shape. Shame the same thing can't be said about my aorta. It's massive!

Because it…


Added by David Vaughan on January 25, 2011 at 21:58 — 2 Comments

Thanks for your support

Thanks to you for your comments and support.  Its good to know you are out there.   I still feel quite detatched from all this but it's going to hit me soon.  My wife and family are the ones suffering most right now.  This is the second time in two years that they have had to watch me go through a major life threatening event.  First my stroke. now this.  They are the ones who most need support at times like this.

My angiogram is scheduled for early afternoon and hopefully that will…


Added by David Vaughan on January 25, 2011 at 9:02 — 6 Comments

The begining ....

I am currently (24 January 2011) suffering from Chronic Type A Aortic Dissection.

I have been suffering from breathlessness for some weeks and was eventually persuaded by my wife to visit our GP. He thought my problems could be caused by anaemia and arranged for some blood tests. He also arranged for a chest X-ray. The results showed no abnormalities.…


Added by David Vaughan on January 24, 2011 at 14:52 — 5 Comments


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