Personal Stories: Henry Church
I live in Zimbabwe and constantly travel the continent of
Africa. I had been in some pretty rural and backward areas just days
before my Type B Dissection, which occurred within 15 minutes of
Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. What a blessing for me, and most
likely a "life saver."
I was in ICU for 4 days and a regular room for 3 more, then
I have had 2 CT scans and have another on the 19th of this month. The
dilation of the aorta was between 3.5 - 4 cm. I know that is within the
safety guidelines but don't know how serious. I have not had any pain
since leaving the hospital but am still not very energetic and tire
rather quickly, especially in my legs. Not sure why.
This is totally new to me. I didn't even know what it was until it
hit, suddenly like a bolt from the blue.
How soon should I expect my energy level to increase? I am eating
salt and pretty much cholesterol free. I am keeping my bp down. Have
lost about 15 lbs. Have been granted a 3 month medical leave by my
employer, but would hope to resume most of my work after this is over.
Is it ever over?? What are the chances of renewed travel? Anyone have
Update Dec 12th, 2004:
Greetings Brian and other Aortic Dissection survivors. I had an
descending dissection on the 31st of March, while I happened to be in
Indianapolis on business. I live in the back woods of Africa. I thank
same Good Lord for putting me where I was at the time, and getting me to
Methodist Hospital where I met Dr. John Fehrenbacher. Dr. John does
70 or so resections each year. I spent time recovering from the trauma
the dissection then went in for a full resection. I had a 5.5 aneurysm
knew I could not continue my work in peace without taking care of it.
surgery was extensive, as you know. 12 hrs. later I had a new aorta.
was on the 19th of July. On the 17th of November we left for Africa and
am in Zimbabwe as I write this. I have no ill effects other than post
surgery tightness, etc.. My energy level is good though not quite up to
what it was before. I am just very thankful to be alive, thanks to the
grace of God and the skills of Dr. Fehrenbacher.
Henry Church, Warsaw, Indiana
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