Personal Stories: Paul Oberle

Brian, you may have already received a message similar to this one, but

since I wasn't sure it went I decided to write again.

I suffered a descending aortic dissection on March 20 extending from my

subclavial artery to the bifurcation. Subsequent to that other

complications include, loss of my right kidney due to lack of blood flow and

a bleed in my basal ganglia resulting in a minor stroke (if there is such a

thing). The stroke was caused by drugs to reduce my blood pressure, that

reduced my heart rate to below 40 bpm. I feel pretty much recovered from

the stroke. I'm very weak and most anything exhausts me. For example, just

taking a shower.


My questions are: What's the mortality over 5 years? How all this is

going to end? I feel I'm screwed although it seems odd to say, my health

otherwise is good. I'm 65, never smoked, run all my life. My Doctor told

me that if my dissection blows it won't matter where I am any way, thus he's

allowing me to take a short motor home trip next week.

Thanks for the website. Paul Oberle

Update: 9/1/2004

At the time of my Dissection, the CT scan showed a mass in my abdomen. We have not been able to do a Biopsy until today. It showed I do not have the big CASINO. Rejoice with me. PO sr.

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