Personal Stories: D Rogers

Friday the 13th, 2002 was a bad luck day for sure. It was late in the evening and I was taking a shower, when all of a sudden it felt as if someone had hit me in the chest with a sledge hammer. The pain knocked me to the shower floor. I remember crawling to the bed room and trying to tell my wife I thought I was having a heart attack. That is the last thing I remembered until I woke up in ICU 32 days later. A whole month gone from my life.

I was told that I had been transported to a small local hospital where I had stayed for about 10 hours until someone decided the I had suffered an ascending aortic dissection.

At that point in time I was transported by helicopter to a large hospital and underwent several hours of life saving surgery. Several things went wrong with me because of the long delay in diagnosing my problem ( for example, lost a kidney ).

My recovery has been long and difficult and I still have a long way to go. But thanks to the support, love and care provided by my wife I am still alive. I could not have made it without her and the help provided by many others. I returned to the operating room in December of 2003 and underwent open heart surgery for valves with little success. I now have congestive heart failure and have to deal with this and the drugs that go along with it on a daily basis. I also have pump head syndrome, which affects my memory.

Taking it one day at a time seems to work for me. I have good days and bad days. I just try real hard to enjoy the good ones and forget about the bad ones.


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