I just lost my Dad, Christmas Eve 2009, from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. I am devastated beyond belief and cry daily for him. Thing is he was an emphysema sufferer and would tell me that the grim reaper would struggle to get him. He was fighting the emphysema, he really was. I bought him a gift for Christmas and he would text me and say that it is burning a hole in his desk and I would say Dad, you have to wait for Christmas. When I went into his flat after he had died, all his Christmas presents were still there, unopened, next to the Christmas tree I had sent him.
He was such a strong man. Early morning Christmas Eve he sent me a text to say he was in great pain, that he had called an ambulance and that he thought it was his appendix. I am told that he walked to the ambulance, he even walked into A&E and shortly thereafter collapsed. They told me after the post mortem that it was an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
This daughter is still devastated..................... It was so quick.................. and I miss him so much.................
Thank you for your kind words - I seem to have been able to pick myself up a little and the days of tears and heartache are a little less now.
Yes, I have already approached my GP about the chances of my having an aneurysm and he told me I was too young for it (am 46). However, last week I tried to make an appointment for a 'life scan' but due to my work situtation and life scan's appointment schedule, I dont think they will be able to schedule me in (they run their appointments consecutively and I can only get there by 2:30pm). I work as a 24 hour live-in carer, so am restricted to 2 hours off per day, between 2 and 4pm.
Yes, am aware that there could be a connection and yes, have always believed that I am double-jointed and have always been very supple and good at yoga. Thanks for telling me this, now I am even more aware and more determined to get myself scanned.
I am also very sorry for your loss................... how old was your sister.
My own sister passed away ten years ago on 13 March - suicide.
And just so you know, my name is Julie!
I am Julia with the entry right before yours. You truly have my deepest sympathies. I must inject some realty here. I hope you and any siblings are tested for this. My other sister and I have talked to many other doctors. One wants us to see a geneticist, and others want us to have ourselves immediately tested as they have found a genetic component to this problem. Some say it has to do with the amount of collagen in our muscles. My sister was able to bend her fingers back to touch her wrist. She could also bend her thumb back. She was quite proficient in yoga positions. The doctors say that many of these people are said to be double jointed. In actuality, this is a lack of collagen in the muscles. If there is a lack of collagen, the muscular layer of the aorta can be weak, making these people more susceptible to aneurysms and aortic dissections. The best thing I can tell you now is to please get yourself checked out. One doctor said to get an MRA. Another said to get an ultrasound or a CAT scan. And from what we hear, the sooner the better. My sister and I have appointments on 2/25. We are starting with our cardiologist. There are things they can do now. Check out John Ritter's web site. All that being said, I feel for you. I buried my father in '95 and my mother in '08. I still ache for them both, but we must move on. Not to, would be a disservice to them! However, a day does not go by that I don't think of them, "talk" to them, miss them and ask their help. Almost two months since my sister's passing and I cannot think of her in the same way as my parents. My other sister and I cannot grasp the fact that she is gone. Good luck to you. I will pray for you. I check this site so if you want to chat please respond. But please, get yourself checked!