Name: Bill McCall
Age at time of Dissection: 56
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 9 October 2009
Tell Us Your Story:
After working the 2nd shift as a Practical Nurse@ the Veterans Administration, I went home looking forward to a day off before working the week-end. While enjoying some private time with my wife, I suddenly had a lower back pain which I thought was the worse possible time to have a muscle cramp.
No matter what I tried the pain didn’t go away, about 3am it lessen and I finally fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning my back pain was still present & now I also had lower abdominal pain. Knowing that it wasn’t normal I drove my 4by4 Suv to the Emergency Room where my primary physician had privileges.
Walked to the Triage Nurse who took my blood pressure and asked if I could walk to a stretcher. With an IV in each arm and numerous test, I spent 10 long days in CCU.
The staff was surprised when I was discharged because I wasn’t expected to survive the first night.