Personal Stories: Robert Turowski
I woke up the night after my 39th birthday with an intense burning
in my chest. It felt like I had a burning pocket of gas stuckin my
chest, I thought it was heartburn even though I never had heartburn
before. I ran around the house trying to get rid of the sensation. My
wife told me the go to the hospital bit I refused. The pain eased up
about a while and I fell asleep.
In the morning I called off sick because I was tired. I still felt
a small burning sensation but nothing like the night before, so I must
be OK. As the day went on I noticed that is seemed like my leg was
dragging slightly and one of my eyes was fluttering. I finally called
my doctor and got the last appointment of the day. the doctor said
that he hear a slight whooshing when he listened to my heart and would
not let me leave the office unless I went to an ER, he wanted to call
an ambulance but I refused. He finally let me go but only after my
wife came and picked me up and drove me to the hospital.
At the Er all tests were great. Pulse was good, EKG was good. The
ER doctor said it was probable acid reflux and they would keep me the
night and release me in the morning after a TREADMILL test. He then
called the cardiologist that my doctor had called about me. The
cardiologist said that I should have a CT scan but the ER doctor said
that me was not impressed with my symptoms. I finally did have a CT
scan and the say the dissection. The heart surgeon was called and I
had the surgery, started bleeding in post op and had the surgery again
to stop the bleeding.
I recovered well but always felt like I was waiting for the other
shoe to drop. It dropped the following year due a follow up examine.
It seemed pseudo aneurysm has developed and was pulling my heart valve
apart so the valve was not closing. My first surgeon said he was not
comfortable doing the surgery so he referred me to DR Svensson at the
Cleveland Clinic. It had the second surgery on 12/13/04 and have been
recovering fairly well. I had the first surgery totally redone and an
artificial hear valve out it.
It is had the put the doom aside as I was put on an
anti-depressant, but it is still rough some days.
My original surgeon did not feel that I should risk the surgery
with anyone except Dr. Svensson since it was so complex. The Cleveland
Clinic is outside my HMO network. I sided with Dr. Marsh my first
heart surgeon because me was already inside and knew what was there
best. My insurance has only paid for 70% because I went out of the
network. Now I am not only depressed about possible further problems
but I have a staggering debt.
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