Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Happily, it's hard to recall exactly how much it's improved, but at almost four months since my surgery, the pain and discomfort as a result of having a chainsaw or angle grinder (or whatever) taken to my chest seems largely to have eased. The sensation of having a prickly barbed wire fence down the middle has finally gone, as has most of the associated muscular pain, which always panicked me into thinking I had angina, until I thought about it a bit more rationally, although there are still odd moments when it pulls and reminds me what took place.
The scar is fading and I'll soon be able to take my shirt off on the beach without worrying that people will faint or make zombie jokes. Until my AD surgery happened, I had no idea that one's chest muscles were so involved in so much activity: but now I know.
This week, I reached a healing milestone. I can sneeze without fear. The approaching sneeze has been one of my most feared moments, since it's been capable of undoing a couple of days of Being Very Careful. And although I have no wish to sneeze more than is absolutely necessary, there's a sense of achievement and recovery about being able to do so without worrying just how much it's going to hurt....
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