Personal Stories: Patricia Peterson
Hi Brian: I've been trying to drop you an e-mail for quite
sometime and finally got up the nerve to do it. I had my aortic
dissection on Dec. 2lst and 22nd. They started on the 21st and after
about 10 hrs, it was done. My vascular surgeon told me he flatlined me
twice, and I made it back and we got through it. I don't remember too
much except after the worst of it and the start. I had a very
excuriating pain shoot through my jaw and down to my chest and around to
my back, and I don't think I will ever forget it.
was down in Mesa, AZ and I was a patient of Advanced Cardiac Specialists
and had been under Dr. Z. Yilma's care for a few years. I have a sent
and in 3 months it plugged and I had to have angioplasty to clean it
out. I am still so tired that some days I don't know what to think. I
know they told me it would take about a year to recover. I am still
hoping I will get stronger and feel like kicking up my heels. I have
grafts from the surgery, three of them, and they are called prothestics
(gore tag). I think I have this right, I was in Boise, Idaho last week
and they told me they do not do this surgery there yet.
live in La Grande, Oregon and had been here, I would not have made it.
You need to be diagnosed almost immediately and so that was good, but I
understand they have not been doing this type of surgery for very long
and don't know how long it will last. I would kind of like to know what
the prognosis is for this kind of surgery. Can you let me know how
yours happened and how it was and is? I live in La Grande, Oregon and
go to Apache Junction, AZ for the winter. I am 72 yrs. old now, and
female. Please send me back an E-Mail as soon as you can conveniently
do so. Where do you live and where did you have your surgery? I had
open heart surgery, my ribs sawed into and the whole bit and had a lot
of work on the left side up high it starts in my neck and goes down
where the ribs separate at the stomach area. Then I have a 4-6 inch
scar in my groin where they did something.
know a nerve got cut there as my left thigh on my leg is numb on the
outside, the inside seems okay, but everything that bugs me is on my
left side. The carotid on my left side got narrowed and is at 50% now.
I am extremely fortunate to be alive and walking and talking and I thank
my Lord. He evidently wasn't through working on me! I can't think of
much more right now, but I know I will, so I am anxiously waiting for
Thank you for reading this,
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