Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Well I am 38 years old. Spent most of my life as a Firefighter/Paramedic. I believe prior to AD I had mild HTN.
heres a real fast chronicle as to my situation.Feb.6 2010 Went to an Emergency room with substernal chest pain and not feeling good at all. They ran bloods on me and it came out normal. My mistake was I left that ER that night still having pain at at a 7 on a scale of 1-10. The next night I went in again and the doctors barely paid any attention to me saying it was probably anxiety. The third night, Different doctor the ER was very busy and I was in some serious pain. Knowing what I know as a paramedic AD was the last thing on my mind I was just assuming cardiac and I asked the nurse for some Nitro. That didnt work and still had not seen the doctor. I then asked for the GI cocktail wich is Lidocaine,milanta and something else. Well a patient ordering his own meds got the doctors attention and came over to me and I explained how much pain I was in. His aggressiveness ordered a CT scan and I would say in minutes I have every single nurse on me starting multiple lines, hanging a bag of dopamine and it was then when I asked the doc for 2 mg of Ativan and some dilaudid. they told me what was wrong and my survival chances and by that time I noticed the on call cardiothoracic team racing in the doors. Not far behind was me being raced down the halls. I had just enough time to say goodbye to my family and then I met the anesthesiologist.
He blasted me with an amp of Versed and I woke up ALIVE and orally intubated, Didnt quite like the oral intubation and have inserted my own share of them but knew how important it was. Im sure my O2 sats would have been way to low at that time for extubation so the nurses put me back to sleep.
I spent about 13 days in the hospital followed by cardiac rehab.
prior to my AD I had pretty bad anxiety. well this incident has not made things any better, I have gone to eh ER a few times now post op with weird chest pains that always end up after a workup to be anxiety, I feel like Iam in such a dilemna, Do I go to the ER when I get these pains or stay home, Everyone in my family and even the nurses tell me to get back to the ER. Im so glad I found all of you to discuss all this with, there arent many of us around lucky enough to get to talk about this so I had to join.
they ended up using the dacron tubing i was told and other than that I dont know too much
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