Personal Stories: Thomasina McCain
Thank you so very much. I am the person about whom the
questions were asked. Two years ago I had a very sharp chest pain....thought
about it for a few minutes and then thought it would be wise to call medics. Went to
emergency. Doctor had ekg done at bedside. I felt fine but was kept overnight.
I had chest x-ray which excited the person who took it....he called radiologist. They
couldn't believe I was not in pain. Called my admitting doctor (lung specialist). CAT (?) was
done twice. I was admitted to hospital (even though I felt fine). Thoracic doctor
checked me out and could not believe I didn't have pain anywhere. Explained I had a very long
dissected aorta@ 5mm. Echo=cardiogram was done.
My primary doctor was
very concerned....she has been trying different medications to get my blood pressure
down. On my initial visit to her after this, she said it was their fault that the records of
the incident of my chest pain two years ago were overlooked or they might have
known that is when the aneurysm occurred and that is why I am not having pain now.
She said it was old and stabilized. She gave me medication to lower blood pressure which
contains a diuretic and also I was given something to slow the pressure of the heart
pumping the blood out. I told all 4 doctors that I had several very heavy nosebleeds just
before going in for the routine chest xray. I was told it was
The nose bleeds continued for 5 weeks....they happened with no
warning......and lo, after increasing the 2 medicine dosages, the
bleeds subsided and stopped altogether. (I am not medically educated
but I still feel the bleeds were the result of the blood pressure....I
have no sinus or other nose structure problems.)
Thank you for listening to all this. I feel as though some help
......or education, should be given to me that isn't. So I am so
grateful to have found you, Brian, and appreciate that your
friend David is so willing to work with people like me. I am
probably older than your Grandmothers so take special pride in hearing
Thank you again, you both have been so helpful.
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