This evening my mom's boyfriend was having chest and back pains. It was painful enough that he went to the emergency room because he thought it might be a heart attack. It wasn't, but he will have to have surgery anyway for a different problem. His aorta (largest artery, goes directly to the heart) is damaged and needs to be operated on. The way they described it is the aorta's wall is made up of three layers. img.webmd.com/dtmcms/live/webm…
walls---> (((+blood+))) <---walls
The inner wall is damaged and the blood is getting in between the first and second layer, squeezing the blood in the center that goes all over the body and putting a strain all over. So it looks more like this:
walls---> ((++(++++))) <---walls
He was flown from the hospital to a bigger hospital two hours away. He should have surgery tonight. They need to fix it so the pressure doesn't go through the rest of the walls and get damaged even further.
The next few days will be touch and go. I'm currently away from my home and I'm staying at his house which is closer. I drove his truck home and she too the car to the next hospital. I have a big bag of crafting supplies with me to work on the commissions I have currently. I wont be able to ship anything until I'm home which might be Monday but I don't know yet. So right now everything is on pause. I'm going to work on stuff while I'm here at the house in between hospital visits. Things will be updated when I can.
They didn't do surgery, they are trying different types of medicine that will reduce the pressure on the artery. If they can get it to a level they want they are going to let him go home on Sunday. If so, he will go back for them to monitor it a few times over the next two weeks to see if it is helping. If not, they will need to do surgery.