On March 13, 2001 my aorta dissected. I
fortunately sensed something was wrong and made my way to the hospital
treatment center a mile and a half away. By the time I got there I
couldn't move my legs. They transported me to the main hospital and
performed emergency surgery. My prognosis was 50/50 to survive the
surgery and 95% paralization. My aortic valve was replaced and my
aortic arch has a dacron sleeve.
After I woke up from surgery, I could move my toes somewhat. There
were all kinds of symptoms I experienced over the years from the blood
flow being cut off to my spinal cord. Sharp pains in my feet and legs
and other areas. Numbness like frostbite in my legs and feet. In the
beginning they were new and more frequent. All these were not
permanent. I still can get some of them but because I know they will
go away it doesn't bother me that much. When I got out after surgery,
I too couldn't read most sites because they were very negative and
felt sorry for themselves. They made my stomach hurt just reliving it.
No positive energy or information at all. That was a feeling I wasn't
prepared to give into.
I live each day with the prospect of more surgery but so far I am
good. I walk, work out and do most things people 10-15 years younger
can't do. I exercise regularly when I can and just live. My doctors
told me to be careful and enjoy my life. It is fairly easy for me to
get wrapped up in living and to forget that I am supposed to be being
careful. Careful has been engrained in my head but doesn't run my
life. I have been living with this for over 7 years. I would estimate
that I am approximately 85% of what I was before the surgery. I have
moments that it gets the best of me but I don't give in to the fear.
When you get out it is scary. Everything scares you and is unknown
whether it is something to be scared of. I would just check them out
even if it was with a catscan, and then if it wasn't anything I would
try to keep that in mind the next time. It may take awhile but
eventually you become more one with your feelings and sensations.
I didn't remember any of it but my body did. Whenever something
happened that my body would remember, it would freak out and scare the
heck out of me. As you get used to it, those feelings will dissipate.
Good Luck. If you have any questions of me, lets see if you can
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