Age at time of Dissection: 53
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 30 May 2017
Tell Us Your Story:

It all started after I was folding some clothes and I started walking up the stairs. I had this feeling of in pending doom and sat on the stairs and called out to my stepson call 911 .I knew since being a lpn for over 25 years not to go lay down or take an aspirin because this did not feel like a heart attack.

I woke up 3 days later in the cardiac unit at Pocono Medical center on a vent. The doctors keep me in a medical induced coma because they said I kept pulling on my wires and tubes coming out my chest and abdomen .I was also tied down with restraints and was on 1 to 1 supervision around the clock.

I was discharged home with visiting nurse service for six weeks. Then I went back in after the site in my groin area got infected for emergency surgery. then after 1 week, I went home with a wound vac for six weeks. I now go to cardiac rehab 3 times a week to get strong again. I went back to work at a nursing home as a charge nurse again on light duty.

I’m glad I can work but I must stay stress free and eat right and stay on my blood pressure meds to live .I’m on depression meds to sleep at night. I was wondering would medical marijuana help down the line then all these pills.

Any feed back would help. thanks to all the great care I received I’m glad to be alive.