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

Nightmare on the Operating Table



I mentioned i was having a Dacron tube fitted May 4th. Unfortunately two hours into the operation i developed a reaction to the antibiotics and the surgeon pulled the operation at the last minute. I awoke in intensive care and later developed severe neck strain, they say from lying awkwardly on the table & the tube inserted into my spine! I have spent a week in bed recovering unable to support my head & with headaches. Friday I went back to allergy tests & they pinpointed the antibiotic. Today I had to go back as my body reacted badly to the testing & they have put me on anti histamines & other medication.

I am trying to put a positive spin on it, but to be honest its been the worst fortnight of my life, even my first opp repairing the dissection was better than this.

Still I have no choice and am awaiting a new date. I am seeing my counsellor to try & make sense of it all.

Gosh if it could only be that simple!





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Comment by Kimberlee Jones on May 25, 2011 at 14:14
I really try to believe everything in life happens for a reason. At times this has been very difficult. There is a reason things didn't work out, whatever that reason is, I bet it will be the reason you survive. It kind of like when there are two ways home and for some reason you take the path you normally don't take. You don't know why but there was a reason, maybe your avoided an accident or something equally as bad. Take this the same way, the reaction to the antibiotics and the delays, you will never know what tragedy you have avoided because of it.  I will keep you in my thoughts and please keep us updated.
Comment by Harry on May 25, 2011 at 8:30

Many Thanks to all for your support!


Still waiting a new date, should know any day now. But we are trying to be positive and i am getting my mind back in focus for whats to come.



Comment by Cheryl Kerber on May 20, 2011 at 2:55

Here I was feeling confident about finally making the decision to go ahead with my surgery and then ughhhhh ---- I read your update and I am sooooooooo sorry.  I don't understand why we have to go through so much after going through it already once before.  I realize there really isn't any answer.  Someone told me just to fill our heart with love to overtake the stress of it all.  Trying to replace the worry and frustration with only positive- but they admit that that is easier said then done.

My heart goes to you Harry.  I'm glad you made it through, but can't imagine the pain part of it -- well kind of -- and we've all been there and that just makes it worse --- like Really?  Again?  Come on?

Take care and keep us posted as I really really care!


Comment by Graeme on May 17, 2011 at 8:41



We are all here for you! Life is crap sometimes and REALLY ULTRA CRAP some other times.. but as Greg said your alive and from what limited knowledge I have on what happened to you thats a plus!!!





Comment by Gregory Smith on May 17, 2011 at 8:25
Hang on in there man.... it may seem bad but you're alive and you will get better.


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