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Huh just been typing for about half an hour and the cat just walked over the keyboard and deleted it all so here I go again..
forgive me if I ramble on a bit but I’m in a bit of a dark place at the moment and at the suggestion of a sympathetic ear decided to seek some advice, help or anything else anyone may be willing to give to me as I'm new here ok so here we go again,,
I'm a 58 year old male past history is three heart attacks two tia's and copd a bypass eighteen months ago which has left me with severe disabilitating sternum pain which they said that due to my condition there is no way that they would open me up to see what the problem is so I struggle doing the day to day thinks that I used to take for granted without trying to be crude from wiping myself to reaching to get a cup from the cupboard can at times be so hard but I can deal / live with that, also I had a bad time post opp collapsed lungs and so many infections that I lost count.
At a visit to the specialist about my some issues with angina again I saw on his computer when he skipped out for a few mins an open report from a ct scan that was taken nearly two months prior to this visit it was to check the bypass grafts it also said in my lungs there are some 7mm nodules also in the report it said " The partially imaged infrarenal abdominal aorta appears aneurysmal which warrants further investigation" and also I had a gallstone.. on returning home I did a little bit of searching and found out what an AAA was and called my doctor who was a little surprised as I guess he hadn’t read the report between the ah um ah um's he said that I would need a scan on the aneurysm and to be referred to the vascular clinic who were concerned about doing anything to me with my Comorbiditys until I had seen other heart and respiratory specialists and they had MDT meetings with them the aneurysm by the way was inside diameter of 6.8cms..so now months later they said that there is no way that I would survive the open surgery it wasn’t an option and EVAR was the only way to go I asked a lot of questions and wanted the truth and was told life expectancy was five years I have since spoken to two other doctors who say much the same is it because of my other problems ? it’s only a few weeks before I have the EVAR and I'm very worried before the bypass I was a little concerned but not overly worried just don’t know what to think anymore...
thank you for taking the time to read this hope you understand its taken a lot for me to get the courage to post this as normally I keep things to myself
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