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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