Personal Stories: Steve Crump
It was nice talking to you this afternoon. This is my husbandsí story
from my point of view. Steve is 50, active, type A person into martial
arts, weightlifting & is a contractor who builds homes & apartment
buildings. He is very muscular & a bit over weight in the belly.
Our story begins on Oct.20th 2006. We were in bed when he looked at me
and said ďIím in trouble, something is not right, itís my backĒ. When
he was finally able to get himself up, he showered hoping it would
help, dressed & said I have to go to the ER. His left leg had gone
numb & he was unable to walk. I pushed him in an office chair to the
car & took him to St Helena Hospital.
The ER doc was great, after giving him a brief history he ordered a ct
scan which confirmed the descending aortic dissection. This was less
than an hour after presenting to the ER. Dr. Look, the ER doc knew it
wasnít a heart attack & felt he was having a dissection.
The surgeon, Dr John Jacobson explained the risks of surgery & the
medical management procedures he would follow. He was taken to the
ICU. The next afternoon, he lost the pulse in his left leg & was
prepped for surgery. There was difficulty inhibiting Steve, it took an
hour and by the time they had him down, he lost the pulse in his right
leg. Dr Jacobson came out and explained the new operation they would
perform. The surgeons were Dr. Jacobson & Dr Tetz, a thoracic surgeon.
So, instead of an incision in the groin area, he was cut from his
chest to his groin. They closed up the false lumen, which was
supplying blood flow to his legs and opened an area in his true lumen,
used a small graft (because the aortic wall was to thin to sew on) and
somehow (I donít remember the details) reconnected blood supply to the
legs. It was made clear to us that this was a very complex surgery. He
was in ICU for 8days then MCU 2 more days. He has constant left leg
pain & numbness and has not been able to feel like he is recuperating.
He looks and feels very very ill. He has lost 50lbs todate.
One month after surgery, I took him back to the ER because he was so
ill & unable to eat or sleep & had a fever and was very clammy. He was
admitted & had tests run but we were told he must have caught a cold
or flu. His temp. was 103 in the ER.
One month after that, I took him back again to the ER. This time
because he had back & chest pain & was coughing up bloody mucus for
days. His PCP had him on antibiotics but he was told to go to the ER
if he got worse. When he stood up and about passed out and could not
walk, I took him in. We got Dr. Look again & he did not see signs of
pneumonia but admitted him for further evaluation. His kreatinin
levels were to high to do a CT scan so they did a V/Q scan which
confirmed blood clots in his lungs. He was in the hospital another 6
days. We were also told that his liver levels were high. Should be
around 50 & he was at 300, but the numbers were going down each day &
he tested neg. for hep A, B & C. so, nothing was done about that. He
is now home with oxygen at #1 level. Has added cumadin to his many
other meds he takes. I donít have the list but from memory it is:
Toporal 100mg, Potassium, adavan, lasix, cozaar, & a newly added
Zoloft. He is very depressed and refuses to take any pain medication.
He was given perceset, & a pain patch of 100mg of something?? He has a
Kidney Dr. Stuart Bursten, M.D.. a lung Dr. Dr. Rasavi, and a
cardiologist, Dr. James Lies. I am looking for a new PCP as his is 1 Ĺ
hour drive from St. Helena, our home town.
Well, thatís the medical part in a nut shell. On the day after his
surgery, Steve & I were married in the ICU by his partner & good
friend. Weíve been engaged for 25years & had a quickie wedding with
2hours notice! At least one of us got to wear a gown!
Thanks for listening
Mrs. Sandy Crump
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