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Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection

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 them and by the afternoon they extubated. By 3 0 clock they had him sat in a chair for a short while, amazing when you think 3 0 clock the day before he still had 2 more hours in surgery.


Thats the good news. The bad news is he is confused although we are expecting that to improve and he has barely any movement on the lefthand side of his body :-(  At this stage they do not think it is another stroke although they will scan for this if he doesn't improve.


So not out of the woods yet. We are all so relieved he has made it this far. My daughter is very upset to see her Dad this way but hopefully it is only temporary. We are all going to need to draw on inner reserves of strength I hope we've got.


The last 2 years since David's stroke have been incredibly hard on all of us and just when we had started to see the light at the end of the tunnel it has turned out to be a train :-(



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Comment by Kimberlee Jones on January 29, 2011 at 15:54
More good news, another hurdle surpassed. Like Graeme said the confusion is the norm, so don,t worry there. Again that was not a train but a light, and this light is so bright and wonderful, and David will make it! You and your family are still in our thoughts.

Comment by Carol Pont on January 29, 2011 at 15:04
You are all still very much in my thoughts. Its a long battle back. You must stay strong. Mine is not 6 months yet. I am still coming too terms with the emergency surgery. That light will come in the tunnel. Back from the dark side of the moon. I am here if you want too talk. Carol :)
Comment by Graeme on January 29, 2011 at 11:39

Nope..not a train..but LIGHT  :-) matter how far off it is yet in the tunnnel - but it's still LIGHT.. Yep.. confused does not come near to describing how you feel.. me - i thought the IC nurse (a guy) was trying to kill me when i woke up and had him sent away by writing (at great effort!) a spidery note to my wife..still have it today- a reminder that you DO get better...

 Also took me a few weeks to get moving again and 6 months rehab to get all the body working again...


Our thoughts are with you..keep us posted!

Graeme and Family


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