Personal Stories: Peter Bullard

Iím a 58 year and last year I was diagnose with a aortic dissection, I lost the use of my legs and I was in Hospital for fourteen days before they found out what was wrong with me.

Since then I have been on tables to keep my blood pressure down. I have at the moment four tears in the aorta, one near the valve of the heart and two on the arch and one in the belly which got bigger over the Christmas period which was my own fault because I picked up one of my grandchild without thinking.

The problem Iím having is trying to get my head around the fact I have the illness I have, for most of the time I feel fine and then you start to talk to people about yourself and that make you feel really depressed. You go to the hospital for a check up and to the doctors and they say take it easy.

Iím afraid I am a person who has worked all my life and for people to tell you to slow down take some doing. I have started to go back to work in the mornings and in the afternoon I have a nap, they tell me it is because of the tables.

I would like to correspond with someone who have the same problem as myself as in the UK the illness is a subject people donít want to talk about.

Updated: 2/26/2005

Morning Brian thank you for putting me on your list and to the people who have sent me replies, it is good to know there are people in the same boat as yourself and they are coping with it.

I will go back to three years ago when this all started. I was at work and I had this pain in the chest, so my mate who worked with me phone for an ambulance and they took me to hospital and after an hour or so I started to feel better.

I ask if I could go home and they said they had a lot of tests to do, they took blood and done X-rays. I was kept in bed for the day and they said they were going to give me a stress test.

So the next morning I was taken down to a different part of the hospital and they told me they were going to put me on a tread mill, which they did I started with walking and then I had to walk a bit faster and then run with I did and was told to sit down and rest for a few minutes. I used a towel to dry myself and just sat there and all of a sudden I had this pain in the chest and felt hot and I just pasted out. The next thing I knew was I was in bed with tubes everywhere.

After about two days later they told me I had a heart attack and that I had damaged the heart just at the bottom on the outside and I should be ok, which to be true I was and I went back to work after about a fortnight and got back with my life until now.

Looking back to three years ago the pain I got then was the same pain I got this time so I could have had a tear then and it wasnít spotted. Also my Mum died at the age of 73 with an aneurism in the brain and her dad died of a heart attack at the age of 68.

I have told my three girls to go and have checks with their doctors, just in case. Oh and bye the way Iím now started to get pains in the neck I have told the doctors and they donít seem to worry about that have any one else had the same?



Thank you for reading this letter and I hope someone will reply.

Mr Peter Bullard

4 Byfield Court






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