Personal Stories: Roger Taylor
Your website is great! Your
experience is much like mine, though I wasn't doing anything physical,
it was a Saturday Morning and I was at work. I had been a radio
announcer for 26 years at the same radio station. I was just sitting
there, about to open the microphone for a live call-in show. Suddenly
I had this sharp burning pain through my chest, sweat began to roll
down my face.
I got up and walked to my office.
I've been in radio too long, because the first call I made was to a
co-worker, I said "J.D. you've got to come in and take over right now,
I think I'm having a heart attack", I think he dropped the phone on
the way to the door.
Then I called the Emergency Squad,
I live in a small town in West Virginia and so they were there within
minutes. I walked out the door and climbed into the back of the
ambulance when they opened the doors, our local hospital is just a few
minutes away. The last thing I remember was being rolled into the
emergency room. This was on Saturday, March 20, 2004; I woke up on
Wednesday, March 24th. (I think)
I was unable to move and very
confused, it took another day to comprehend what was happening. I'm
told I was given a CT Scan, and then the lifeflight helicopter took me
to a Medical Center 90 miles away in Morgantown, WV. The Surgeon who
saved me was Dr. Ganga Probhakar. (Every nurse and doctor I talked to
at the hospital told me how lucky I was that he was my surgeon) I
have only spoken to this man once or twice, just days after I woke up,
what sticks in my mind is him saying, "Your aorta shredded". I have
an appointment with this doctor a week from now, when I will get the
The helicopter crew, who flew me
there, stopped by one day to check on me. One of them said: ďMan, you
scared the hell out of us, we didnít think you were going to make itĒ.
I thanked them for the ride, even though I didnít remember it.
I have a long scar up the middle
of my chest, I also have 8 or 9 inch incisions from my ankles up the
inside of both legs. From what I understand, they repaired my aorta
with a Dacron graft, put in an artificial aortic valve and did a
bypass on a damaged artery. (By the way, I'm 44 years old)
Unfortunately my wife is unable to help with my recovery, as she is
confined to a wheelchair with Multiple Sclerosis. After 9 days I was
transferred to a rehab hospital, where I stayed until a few days ago.
The Physical Therapists were great
and they all say my recovery is outstanding. I was slowed a little
from coming home by problems with healing in the leg incisions. The
entire hospitalization was 53 days. It will be a while before I can
return to work; I am still a little weak and need to get my endurance
back. My family and friends have been great, my radio listeners sent
me a ton of Get Well Cards and my co-workers did daily updates on the
about my condition. Thanks again for
your website, I have just begun to explore it and have already learned
a lot. Good luck to you!
Life is a precious thing...
Brian, I am still learning from
your website, thanks for the updates. I thought I would update you on
my story. It's nearly 5 months since my surgery. I've been back to
work full time since the first of July. My doctor said to try half
days for a couple of months, that lasted a couple of weeks. I had a CT
scan on July 29th and my surgeon said everything looked good; I'll do
another in 6 months. My energy level is still a little low, but I
played an 18 hole charity golf tournament today, (Par 3 course) I'm
pretty tired tonight, but I'm glad I could do it. (And I didn't come
in last!) Most days I feel pretty much the way I did before the
surgery, I just get tired faster.
When I saw my surgeon on the 29th,
I asked him, what my chances were going into surgery? He said, I would
have given you a 10% chance of survival. But, he had a great team and
they pulled me through. I got to meet and thank the doctor who
assisted him too. I really beat the odds, now I feel like every day is
an extra day and the 20th of March is my new birthday.
Keep up the good work!
Just a quick update... I just
celebrated the one-year anniversary of my surgery. I got my second CT
Scan March 1st and saw my surgeon on March 17th. The Doc says things
look good, no sign of abdominal aneurysms and kidneys, liver, spleen,
etc. look O.K. I'll get another Scan in 6 months and then if
everything still looks good, once a year after that. I'm putting in
too many hours at work, but I am trying to remedy that. I need to get
some exercise and lose some weight. Good luck to everyone who has
posted their stories on the site, I would be happy to hear from any of
Just a quick update, it's a year and
a half now and my doctor says there is no change in my CT scan from 6
months ago. We'll probably wait a year till the next one. Feeling
good, just trying to keep my coumadin levels right.
As always... Best wishes to all the
It's been a year since my last
update, two and a half years since my surgery. Just got a CT scan and
saw my surgeon. He says things look stable, unchanged from year ago.
Come back and see me in a year. I feel fine, no real problems I can
detect from the surgery. I still hear that constant clicking of the
heart valve in my chest, but I've gotten used to it. My Coumadin
levels have been good, I get my blood checked once a month. I
continue to read the new stories on the site; I try to a drop a note
of encouragement to newcomers. I'm always glad to hear from other
Time flies when youíre having funÖ
I know itís been a long time since I sent an update of my story, but
itís been happily uneventful. I guess when things are going well
(knock wood) you donít bother to write. Itís been five years since my
surgery and I really canít complain. I had an echocardiogram and a CT
Scan at the first of the year and my cardiologist says everything
looks good. The heart valve is clicking away, I just try to remember
to take my meds and keep plugginí along. I still work six days a
week; Iíve been at the same radio station for 31 years now. Check out
our website at www.wdnefm.com
On my air-staff page I have a brief version of my story and a link to
this website. I still visit this site often and read the new
stories. Iím always happy to lend moral support to AD survivors.
Iíve had 1,825 extra days and counting.
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