Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
After my discouraging experience with the new doctor many things have happened: my son 27 year old was in bad motorcycle accident in Chicago on June 4th. Therefore things have been crazy for the last three weeks. He had several broken bones, a puncture lung, lacerated splint and liver. After several days of internal bleeding, he finally left the hospital on Tuesday, June 21st. He was safe from the neck up because he was wearing a helmet TG.
I was finally able to see the thoracic surgeon that operated on me in 2009 a week ago. He had good news: he does not want to do any kind of surgery at this time. It is more dangerous to operate than to leave it alone, he stated. If I happen to have another blockage, which the possibilities are very high, he will consider putting me on a blood thiner, which is also very dangerous because it can cause brain bleeding. In another episode of clotting I could loose my left kidney because it is the one directly feeding from the bad lumen. However, in comparison to the risk of another surgery, it is nothing. I am very comfortable with his opinion. The idea of another surgery was really scaring me. With closer monitoring and me doing my part, hopefully things will be ok for a while.
As we know, this is something that will never end for as long as we are alive. We have to struggle with the unknown and hope for the best. In the mean time, I am trying to care for my son since he will be in recuperation for a long time. Really I am just helping my daughter since she is the one really taking care of him. She is a wonderful daughter and sister. In 2009 she took care of me and this year she is taking care of her brother. She is a teacher and this is the second summer that she will have to spend taking care of a sick family member.
I hope everyone is doing well. With all that is going on right now, I have not have too much time to check on you. My husband has instructions to let you know if something happens to me. I feel it is important and helpful since we are all linked by the same faith.
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