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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