Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Hello everyone on this useful website. I'm writing about my experience with an aortic dissection as a non-native English speaker. Please forgive my many mistakes.
Living in Switzerland I had my AD, type A, one and a half years ago at age 50. I was misdiagnosed in a hospital of a major Swiss city and continued living five more days (even went jogging on day four) before a guardian angel doctor eventually did the right diagnosis. I then got immediate surgery and had seven hard days before it became clear that I would survive the incident. I still have my own aortic valve, which could be repaired but I have replacements and stents all along my aorta.
My caring girlfriend was and still is my great support. After two months I was back to work at a very low percentage. I gradually increased my work load to 80% until my employer dismissed me for restructuring reasons. After a few months of unemployment I was offered another job at the same company, which unfortunately turned out to be a mismatch.
So here I am, still alive but with an aorta which is full of spare parts and no idea about how to proceed with my professional career. I don't intend to ask for a disability pension because I appreciate work, which also keeps me away from thinking about my special situation too often. Plus, in my country Switzerland it's rather difficult to be admitted for a disability pension. I do feel physically quite fit, although not as fit as before the incident. I guess it's the psychological situation post-surgery, which is the problem. I know that there is something quite awkward in my central artery and that bothers me a lot.
And then there is the "how long" question, i.e. the life expectancy issue. I know that nobody can tell me how to cope with these questions as this is my own personal situation I am in. But nevertheless I'd be happy to hear how you members of this platform deal with the work situation after AD. Thanks for your support.
PS: Life after AD has it's advantages. I appreciate the value of life and every single day far more than before the incident. It seems like a deal: you get the advantage of a more intense life and pay with uncertainty about your future.
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