Rod Abidd-49

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.


Lisa L-49


Helen Rubin-56 (husband’s story)


  1. Laurie Haas

    Just know that it takes time….sometimes more time than you would expect. I’m just now about 2 years out and am finally feeling 80% of my old self again. Hang in there and follow the doctors orders!!

  2. Lisa L.

    Hi Rod.

    I can relate. I am glad you are here to tell your story. I waited the pain out at the house for 5 hours (I honestly don’t know how I did it). I finally called for a ride to the ER (I also live alone). God was certainly on our side that day!!!!!

    Hang in there. I didn’t have surgery so my recovery was easier. Took 2 months to get strength back, but I’m good now. Mentally doing good also. Most days I don’t think about it, some days I’m on the internet looking it up again.

    I’m taking a trip in August and I pray that all will be well; but I know I have to “live my life”. We are in a tough place, but we are here!!!

    Take care Rod!

  3. Lisa L.

    Hi Rod. Just checking in to see how you are doing. Just realized you had your dissection on my son’s bday! I just celebrated, yes I celebrated 4 months post dissection!!!!

    Keep us posted on your progress.

    Lisa L.

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