I Almost Died

On November 29th 2015, I almost died. Just rereading that sentence bring me to tears. The previous day, I had experienced a little back pain. It almost felt like I had strained a muscle, which I thought could have happened after rushing around the house preparing sacred soulfor family to come over. I took an Advil but the pain didn’t go away. My ex-husband told me to go to the hospital and get checked out but I blew it off because it wasn’t that bad. I had to meet him later that day to pick up our youngest child. On the way back home, I could hardly focus on the road. I asked my 10 year old to give me a bag that was on the floor because I became nauseated. I didn’t want to pull over because I didn’t want my son to get out of the car on the freeway so I knew I had to make it home. The drive had to be frightening for my son because I do remember swerving. ¬†We made it home and I immediately fell out on the couch. No one else was home. My 10 year old called his dad and told him that I wasn’t responding to him. The next thing I can remember is being in an ambulance. I was in excruciating pain. I don’t remember how long I was in the ER but I was sent back home with nausea medicine and muscle relaxer.

The next day, my 19 and 20 year old were home. I don’t remember a lot about that day but I do remember fainting before attempting to take a bath. My daughter helped me up and I told her not to call the hospital however, I did tell her that if I fell out again, to give me mouth to mouth and call 911. Well, I did fall out again. I was told that the paramedics put me on my bed, lifted me onto the cart and rushed me to the hospital. I was given a CT scan and that is when they found that I had a ruptured aortic abdominal aneurysm. I was air lifted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta where they performed a successful 8 hour emergency surgery. I’m so grateful to still be alive because statistics show that only 20% of those who have this type of aneurysm don’t make it to the hospital and those that do, there is about a 50% chance of survival. This is just the beginning…