Name: Amy Gonzales
Age at time of Dissection: 90
Type of Dissection: Ascending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 1 October 2014
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This is my story, but I am not the one with an aortic dissection. I am looking for answers because my grandmother has one. She is 90 years old and has lived a good life. She has a DNR, and is sure that is what she wants. I live 6 hours away, and I just feel helpless. My mom, aunt, and uncle are with her, but I am not getting much information.

I do not know exactly where her dissection is or what type, but I do know they said the scar tissue from a bypass surgery was holding things together at the moment. They are sounding as though she is not going to make it through, but she has made it to almost 48 hours.

Can you give me any insight to what to expect? They are telling me it could be fast or slow, but not really defining what that means. She is heavily medicated, but conscious and aware. I am just trying to grasp best and worse case scenarios.

My grandfather is 92 and still alive. I am just so sad for everyone, and it seems as though she is in a lot of pain. Any insight would be appreciated.
Thank you!

Thank you so much for your prompt response, but I got the answers tonight. My grandmother passed. I am relieved she is not suffering but very concerned what this will do to my grandfather. He is 92 and they have been married for 68 years. He is already having circulation problems and he is diabetic. So we are moving on to best ways to care for him. I am grateful it went relatively quickly for her, and hope she is in a better place.
Amy Gonzales