Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Hello my name is Sonya, I'm from Louisiana, and I have been out of the hospital for two months after a diagnosis of AD. For me, this was not a disease I was unfamiliar with. Five years ago, I buried my mother, who passed away two years after her first surgery for her dissection. Upon a second surgery, her body could not handle it anymore! She suffered severely and left me too soon, but she is free now! Three years ago, my brother was hospitalized and also diagnosed with AD. He also had a surgery in which they were able to go in through his groin area and place a stent! Thank the Lord, he is doing wonderful now! His story is one of a successful fight!! So now, I am fighting the same battle!
On March 5, 2013, I was sitting at my desk at work when my perfectly healthy world fell apart!! It felt like I was hit with a board across the back. Even after having two family members diagnosed, I was misdiagnosed when I arrived at the hospital. I was sent home just to return on March 7 with severe pains throughout my upper body. On this second trip to the ER, I was correctly diagnosed, put on a helicopter, and sent to a hospital that specializes in cardiology in Houston. For five days, I lay in pain and tears while Dr’s ran test after test. Even being on a pump for pain, I suffered and cried. After another ten days in the hospital, they were able to send me home without surgery. I was sent home with instructions to watch my blood pressure and manage the pain. I have never been so terrified in my life.
My AD is very long, and I have an aneurysm closer to my abdomen! I have been home for two months now and feel like I am getting stronger by the day. I have gone back to work part time and gotten off of most of the pain medications. I feel as if I have a lot to learn about my disease, and some days, I still get really frightened about my situation. Somehow, it helps knowing that my brothere and I are not the only people fighting this battle. It is also nice to see some of the individuals on this site who have survived ten years or more. It gives me hope that I will live and be here for my daughter.
Here’s to all of you survivors out there! I have Aortic Dissection and have survived!!
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