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

Maria Trinidad Herrera
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Did I do something to hurt myself?
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After a family meeting on Sunday, I have decided to go for the endograft. But I still have the feeling of taking the easy road. I have reasearched one surgery vs the other and I feel totally…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cheryl Kerber Apr 23, 2011.

Phantom Pain
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During one  of my trainings, I met a woman who's husband had an AD a few years ago. While sharing struggles after the surgery, she made a comment about her husband getting "phantom pains". Although I…Continue

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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…


Posted on June 24, 2011 at 0:50 — 3 Comments


Hi every one! 

I wanted to give you an update to my last postings.

After waiting all this time for the doctor to call me in regards to my endograft, today I found out he left the medical unit he was working for. The last time I heard from him was April 15, 2011. In a voice mail message he assured me he was making all of the arrangements for my surgery. I have been calling often for updates. I was informed he was on a trip and he will be back on May 13, 2011.…


Posted on May 18, 2011 at 0:07 — 5 Comments


Last Sunday I did not feel very well. After having dinner, I began to have abdominal and lower back pain. It was similar to the original dissection pain. But since I had some pain before, I figured it will go away in a few minutes. I presumed it was related to the dinner. I took a couple of Tylenol and wen to bed. Around 1:30 AM, I woke up with more pain. I took my blood pressure and it was 129/85. It was high because my doctor wants to keep it under 120/70. At that time, I decided to go to…


Posted on April 7, 2011 at 0:21 — 9 Comments

The zipper, a tool for inspiration?

I have another story to share with you about the zipper.

My scar is still very pink and welted, I guess. Although most of the time I even forget is there, some one always remains me. Any way, this was a neat experience:
Last week during a visit to the hospital, I notice an older couple ( probably around my age, but they looked older) seating across from me. They were busy doing their own…

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

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At 8:21 on July 12, 2011, Julia Holley said…
Hi Maria, nice to be your friend.  Thanks.
At 2:34 on April 5, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…
Keeping you in my thoughts! I hope it is nothing to major.

At 9:22 on March 31, 2011, Richard Deal said…

hey there maria,

i have not had the same happen to me yet, but the primary concern for my doctors in the still dissected abdominal aorta is the fact that one kidney is fed from the wrong lumen (the blood flows down to my legs and then luckily flows back to the kidney). this means they are always hyper-sensitive to my blood pressure as that is an indicator of kidney trouble.

keep your spirits up, this is just a little hiccup and it seems to have been caught in time. i am sure your doctors will be able to stent or maybe somehow bypass to the kidney.

take care,


At 20:17 on March 30, 2011, Graeme said…

Hey Maria..


stay postive! Its going to be ok! You are in my thoughts..please keep me updated on the situation!


lots of hugs



At 9:48 on March 30, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…
Hi Maria, I have no experience with what your going through right now, but I wanted to give you my support. Please take care and keep us updated. You are in my thoughts.

At 20:20 on December 30, 2010, Kimberlee Jones said…
You look amazing, what a wonderful smile. Wishing you the best throughout the new year.
At 15:00 on December 30, 2010, Graeme said…

Hey Maria


same back. You look well too.. love the new photo!


take care..



At 11:11 on December 30, 2010, Graeme said…


Happy Birthday wonderful lady for yesterday! It does not seem a year since the last one - 2010 has gone quickly - not a good year for many people i know what with the economy and health -but glad to see you are well and happy..!  All the best for a a HAPPY, HEALTHY and peaceful new Year! 


Best regards



At 9:41 on July 28, 2010, Graeme said…
Maria!! Wonderful news..she looks absolutely smasing and the dress is STUNNING!!!! The photos are also right way up so no problems! It looks like you had a wonderful day..Am so very happy for you and your family...... !! lots and lots best wishes..Graeme
At 7:46 on April 12, 2010, Graeme said…
Maria - !

So July huh! Keep us all posted! Stay well..



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