Glenys Dell-Daughter’s submission

Name: glenys dell
Email: glenysdell@yahoo.com.au
Age at time of Dissection: 87
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 19 April 2016
Tell Us Your Story:

My mother was diagnosed with a Type A aortic Dissection three weeks ago , the decision was not to operate due to her age and co morbitities. They said that she probably wont make it past two weeks. Her Blood Pressure has always been on the high side and now with just a GTN patch it is sitting at 150/90.

She is very pale and even just walking to the toilet she is breathless, her circulation in her feet is poor at times her feet and toes have a purple tinge to them. She is in good spirits and due to her Alzheimers she is unaware of how unwell she is. My Question is how do the doctors know her prognosis.

We had the intensive care specialist , the vascular specialist , and pallative care specialist tell us that Mum would not be around in 2 weeks. I cannot see anything happening anytime soon , which is good but I just wish they wouldn’t make these judgement. What would be the chances of Mum beating this condition?

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