Personal Stories: Diana Dumas

HI, MY NAME IS DIANA, AND I AM 57 YEARS OLD AND A MONTH AGO I EXPERIENCED THE TRAUMATIC VISIT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM THAT WE ALL DREAD..MY HUSBAND AND I WERE ON CAPE COD FOR A WEDDING AND THE FOLLOWING MORNING I WAS STRICKEN WITH THE EXCRUCIATING BACK, CHEST AND WAIST PAIN THAT TO ME WAS INDESCRIBABLE.

FOOLISHLY, I DIDN'T WANT THE HOOPLA OF THE 911 CALL SO MY HUSBAND GOT ME TO THE CAR AND WE ATTEMPTED TO GET HOME WHICH WAS ABOUT A 90 MINUTE RIDE. BUT NOT LONG AFTER WE STARTED I SAID TO HIM.."IF U SEE A BLUE HOSPITAL SIGN I THINK U HAD BETTER FOLLOW IT.." I KNEW I COULDN'T MAKE IT HOME..

THANKS TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM STAFF AT CAPE COD HOSPITAL WHO SAVED MY LIFE I AM HERE TO TELL MY STORY..THEY DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO DIAGNOSE ME..AND AT FIRST THOUGHT I HAD A HUGE AORTIC ANEURISM..THEY MEDIVACCED ME TO BOSTON WHERE ANOTHER LOOK AT MY CAT SCAN SHOWED THE SPECIALIST THERE THAT I HAD A DESCENDING B DISSECTION OF THE AORTA.

I AM SCARED TO DEATH NOW..I AM WALKING ON EGGSHELLS..WAS JUST IN FOR MY 3 WEEK CHECK AND THE DOCTOR TOLD ME..HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ME TO MY ONE YEAR MARK..HE TOLD ME NO EXERCISE OTHER THAN WALKING AND OF COURSE I TAKE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS..AND CHECK THAT TWICE A DAY.

.I WAS TOLD NO LIFTING OF ANYTHING OVER 5 OR 10 POUNDS ALSO..I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS SO IF ANYONE COULD CONTACT ME I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL..THANKS SO MUCH..

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