Personal Stories: Kevin M. Little
I was diagnosed with a distal aortic dissection in November 2000. I
developed an aneurism which required surgery in April of 2002.
Basically, I had a section of my aorta relaced with a dacron tube/hose.
I am taking 1200 mg of Labetalol and 20 mg of Norvasc a day to
control my blood pressure. (Half the dosage in the am and half in the pm
The BP medicine certainly zaps your energy at times, and my legs get
tired/achy quite easily. I can now walk all I want but can only jog a
very short distance before my legs give out and begin to tire/burn ache.
I am simply thankful to God to even be here, and am constantly
learning to deal with the changes that I have had to make. As many
others have commented , it is easy to get depressed. All I have to do is
look at others who have not been as fortunate, and I then feel fortunate
It took a while for me to regain confidence that I could be active
again. I finally came to the conclusion that as long as I didn't get my
blood pressure up too much, that I could be moderately active. Now I
hike, ride a mountain bike (not aggressively), paddle a canoe, take
wildlife photos, etc. I work full time as a dockmaster with my time
split between outside physical work (being careful to avoid getting my
blood pressure too high) on the docks and with paperwork.
If I can be of assistance to anyone who needs /wishes to discuss
anything, contact me.
Thanks Bryan for a terrific site. I am sure this site helps many