Aortic Dissection and AAA .

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My Mum was diagnosed with Type B Aortic Dissection and AAA in April 2016. Three specialists tokd us to prepare her funeral as she would only live for 2 weeks at the most !!!! Almost 2 yrs and our amazing mum is still here and had defied all thesr specialists !!! She is a trooper at 89 yrs old. She does have shortness of breath and is only able to walk short distances she has in the last 2 weeks been complaing of sharp pains in the back in between shoulder blades which we have been told is a sign of impending rupture. Ger doctor said a clot has formed over original dissection site and when that clot dissolves a complete rupture will occur. We are just so glad tgat we have had so much extra time with her . So please if anyone has been given bad news like we were, dont drop your bundle, live life to the fullest and enjoy every minute you have . Drs are only human and can make mistakes.

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    How wonderful you were blessed with extra time with your mom.  When you say AAA, do you mean abdominal or ascending? 

    How is your mom doing now? Can they do anything at all for her?

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      Yes we feel very blessed to have had more time with Mum. She was diagnosed with Type b decending aortic dissection which is classed as complicated due to penetrating ulcers which is what will dissolve clot that is formed iver dissection. And acendinding abdominal aneurysm which was troubling her as it was leaking. She is a walking miracle. Her BP is under control now and pain relief is available if needed but she is palliative now as there is nothing tgey can do to help her, her co morbitities are preventing them to do any surgery. When it does dissect we understand it will be very quick and she will not suffer. We are just spending as much time with her as we are able and consider ourselves very lucky to still have her with us.

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    How wonderful to have had so much more time with her! My mother died at age 48 from cancer and I've now outlived her by 10 years. I miss her so much.

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