Name: Millie Martin
Age at time of Dissection: 72
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 6 June 2015
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I am a very busy, active 72 yr old female. I live in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada…..Also known as Muskoka! On June 2nd & 5th, I had played 18 holes of golf on both those days & felt fine. After getting up on June 6th, while having breakfast, I had a funny feeling in my neck…..shortly after that my left leg went totally numb & I couldn’t stand. Yelled at my husband to call the ambulance…..they took me to Huntsville abt 30 mins away as they have a stroke unit there & our hospital in Bracebridge doesn’t. I was never in any pain at all which is weird.

I arrived in Huntsville just after 8 am & after many CT scans & CT angios a Dr Rea came & told me at 5 o’clock I had a dissected aorta & I would be flown by air ambulance to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto…it was a serious operation, & if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t live!….so basically he saved my life by the diagnosis! I sent my kids & youngest sister a text, told them what was happening & if I didn’t make it…. I loved them all!! I remembered seeing my daughter when they took me into Sunnybrook, but my husband had not arrived there yet, and my son & his family were camping at Darien Lake, so he didn’t get there until the next day.

After a 9 1/2 hr surgery, I don’t remember much of anything! I was in ICU for 9 days, & not much support after I was sent home. My surgeon was awesome…..good looking too I might add!! In Dec 2011, I was diagnosed with temporal arteritis, & put on prednisone to keep me from going blind……THAT is one of the causes of a dissected aorta……who knew?? It has been almost 4 mos & I am still trying to get some strength & stamina back so I can get on with my life. I have enjoyed reading the stories on this site & I thank Brian, as there is very little information about this & no one to talk to about it.
Thanks for listening to my story………