Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
I'm sure other long-term members will have noted this, but it's worth pointing out - if you've only recently had your surgery - healing takes a while. And I'm still experiencing it, albeit in more subtle ways than before.
When I first came home after having the ascending aorta and arch replaced with Dacron, I felt very disconnected from my chest and my lungs (although painfully connected when I moved). It's taken a long while for my breathing to feel like mine again, and my lung capacity still isn't what it used to be, but the body is mine again. It was such a strange and unpleasant sensation, and I'm glad things are more normal.
Although my resting blood pressure is about 90/55, pulse about 65, I don't get dizzy when I stand up any more, and in the main, I feel like me again, which is so reassuring. The worst of the toxins are long gone from my body, and my skin and colour have returned to normal. My chest doesn't hurt often now, and though I still have some nerve damage to my right hand from the surgery, even that is now pretty much in the background.
I've found that I'm doing things normally at home without thinking, which is great. It's only when I decide to do things in the evening or have a day out that I realise I still don't have the stamina and energy I used to have, but hopefully that will return. Mentally, I feel whole again.
It's a hot few weeks here in Gran Canaria where I live, so I've not been doing as much exercise as I'd like - and by that, I mean walking. As soon as it cools down a little (in about a fortnight or so) I'll start doing more. I think improving my fitness gently will get me even better.
Of course, we're all different, and our pace of recovery varies. I honestly felt so damaged and poorly when I first came out of hospital I worried that I was unlikely ever to feel as well as I'm beginning to now, and would have to lower my expectations. Happily, so far, I've been proved wrong, but you need to give things time.
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