I am really lucky. Like really really really lucky. Someone is definitely looking out for me. Not only did I survive tearing my aorta, but I have also now torn a second major artery, and somehow escaped the worst case scenario again. This can get frustrating, but I am really glad they found both before they turned into something really bad. Again, I am REALLY LUCKY.
I went for my follow-up appointment today at Northwestern and it went so much better than talking with that last Doctor when I was in the hospital went. I got a few more diagnoses and referrals, but I am overall very happy with how everything went today. I saw a Nurse Practitioner today in the Neurology Stroke Program (I guess because of my dissection, and because it can cause a Stroke, this is the speciality I see now). She answered all of my questions and explained everything really throughly and so that I would understand it, and I always appreciate that. I pretty much have to take it easy for the next 3 months. I will have a follow-up scan in July, and untill then we just let it heal. I have no patience for “letting it heal,” so you can probably expect a whole bunch of Blog posting from me for the next few months being at home is already driving me up the wall. This is actually the LONGEST I have ever been off work. Every other time I have needed to take time off it has been for surgery and I healed and went back. Even my initial accident, I went back after 6 or 7 weeks. I have been off for two months now, and I am going to need to find some new hobbies because I got bored of TV weeks ago 🙂
So she said it’s going to hurt alot, and it is going to take time to heal, but it should feel better. Hearing that helps of course!!! I don’t think all of the pain is ever going to go away, but if it will come down a few notches, I am cool with that! Tomorrow I go back to Pain Management. Hopefully actually having this diagnosis will help this Doctor belive my pain and start to actually help me with it. Right now, nothing is working 😦
She also referred me to a Cardiologist, because I have some new Cardio related diagnoses to add to the list… I got a bunch of tests done while I was there that I have never had before, so I guess they found some new stuff, fun. I have a Murmur, PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale, or a hole in the heart), and Tachycardia. There are no appointments available until June 1st, but I am on a cancellation list, so I might be able to get in sooner. It’s just one thing after another here! Is this list ever going to stop???
After Northwestern, I had Physical Therapy. I can’t really do much yet in physical therapy, but she worked on some of my muscles today, and that seemed to loosen them up a bit. I got a bad headache after, but that happens alot lately, and is probably from this dissection. The headaches have been coming back almost daily unfortunately.
Overall a good day of appointments, now just to find a way to feel a little better!