LIFE ALTERING CHANGES
July 2, 1990, my life was turned upside down. I had
just returned from a trip to Montreal with friends and I immediately headed into the Emergency Room at Beth Israel Hospital.
I told the doctors that the night before while having dinner, I could not taste my steak and I had lost feeling in my arm.
For some reason, I told myself to relax and that I was going to be okay. On the ride home to Boston, I asked one of my friends
to buy beer and I proceded to drink the whole way back (which is a story in itself) After running several tests, including
an Echocardiogram and Transesophageal Echo, they found that I had a markedly dialated aortic root approximately 8 cm with
4+ aortic insufficiency. I then underwent an emergent Bental procedure with placement of the entire ascending Aorta to the
origin of the Subclavian Artery.
I was in the hospital nearly a month. After returning home for another month,
I went back to work. I was about 25 pounds thinner but thank God, I was alive. One thing that had become very apparent,
my life and whole perception of Marfans, in two short months, had taken a major turn.