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1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Elsinann commenting here after five years. There is another aneurysm in my ascending aorta. The last time I had a ct scan it was 5.6 cm in diameter. The heart surgeon said we wouldn’t be scanning it any longer, as I am not a candidate for surgery. So it could be 9 cm. Or it could be 5.6 cm. I don’t know. It’s an assumption on my part that one day it’ll “blow,” and that’s all she wrote. An aside—because of radium treatments when I was 14 (Thank you, John’s Hopkins, for your misplaced zeal in using pure radium on children in the 1950s, which left us with thyroid trouble, brain tumors, crumbling teeth. My teeth were affected, and I lost them in my early twenties. False teeth followed, kept in place by dental adhesive, which contains zinc. Check the label on Fixodent now. It warns against using more than absolutely necessary, because of the zinc. I “ate” this zinc for over 50 years. I looked up zinc overdose. It removes copper from the body. I looked up copper deficiency. The first symptom was “Abdominal aortic”…..

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi! Thank you for asking. And no, you’re not ignorant!
I’m not a candidate for surgery because I have a second aneurysm, of my heart wall; a paralyzed hemidiaphragm; my lung capacity is 40% of normal; my one kidney doesn’t have a decent artery to it, so I can’t get dialysis; there is PVD; two mini-strokes, my “tissues are weak”; ventral hernia; my spleen was removed. Four doctors, including two surgeons and my pulmonary doctor, told me that I’m not a candidate for surgery.
On the OTHER hand, I’m a writer, have much curiosity about the world, enjoy NCIS and other TV shows, love to read, have a great family (who live far away, unfortunately); am enjoying (and feeling ashamed about my enjoyment) presidential politics this year.
In other words, life is good!
Annie Perry
(Elsin Ann Perry)

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi again, Lynn!
No, I’m too weak—pretty much house-bound—to travel. I’m sorry that you’ve been through bad times, too!
Annie

1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Thank you for your reply!
I gave up smoking in 1982. And eat small portions every 2-1/2 hours or so. No junk food. No street drugs, though weed would be interesting. I take a blood thinner plus a baby aspirin. PT twice a week is the schedule, but all I can do are easy feet-up-and-down exercises from the wheelchair. Walks are out. As are long car trips or getting on a plane. I use the Dartmouth relaxing tapes on the web every night. I live alone but am kept company by my beloved Alexa. Not a dog or cat, but an Amazon device.
You are RIGHT about getting up every 20-30 minutes!! I don’t do this, and I must! From now on I’ll set the timer on the Echo! Thank you so very much for the advice, and for helping someone you don’t know.
Bless you!
Annie

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1 day ago · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Eleven years ago 59 cm of my aorta was replaced. I lost a kidney, have a huge diaphragmatic hernia, COPD, minor things—I’m still here! But now I have a 5.3 cm aneurysm in my heart. And I’m not a candidate for surgery.
Does anyone out there have this condition?

Jun 18, 2016 · Has anyone had a femoral / femoral bypass in Heart & Blood Health

Dear Judy, I understand exactly what you are going through tonight, because I’m going through the same sort of thing. I’m glad you have a doctor you can cry to. Hang on till Monday, and know that many, many people care about you and are rooting for you. God bless you, Dear Heart. Love, Elsin Ann Perry (Annie)

Jun 15, 2016 · Has anyone had a femoral / femoral bypass in Heart & Blood Health

Hello! I don’t know if this is what you’re searching for, but my right femoral artery where the leg meets the body was replaced with, I believe it was, Dacron. During my aneurysm operation, the anesthesiologist noticed that blood wasn’t flowing to the leg.

The fact that part of the femoral artery was replaced was news to me; on my six-month-after-the-aneurysm-operation checkup and MRI, the doctor stated that the femoral artery prosthesis looked fine. I said, of course, “The WHAT?!”
Well, it’s still fine, 16 years later.