Name: Rod Abidd
Age at time of Dissection: 49
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 24 April 2012
Tell Us Your Story:
I woke up at 300 AM on the 24th with that incredible ripping pain spreading across my chest and back. I knew something was terribly wrong, though I had no idea that my aorta had just dissected. I drove myself to the nearest ER where it didn’t take long for them to diagnose me. And in the nick of time I might add: my kidneys were failing. The treatment was surgery; a 20mm stent installed on the 2nd day after the dissection.
I know I’m one of the lucky ones: lucky I took myself to the ER without any delay; lucky to live in a large metro area with numerous top notch hospitals able to diagnose me quickly and correctly, lucky my dissection was descending not ascending, lucky it didn’t happen 24 hours before when I was on a plane flying across the Pacific.
Now I’m home recovering my strength very slowly, monitoring my BP, trying to rebuild my life with this new wrinkle, and trying to come to terms with all of it. Just gotta listen to my body and be good to myself.