Happiness After An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


Hi folks,

See, I'm happy.

See, I'm happy.

I was scanning the Internet for information on life, exercise and happiness after the diagnosis and treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and there wasn’t a lot. In fact there was ‘bugger all.’ We post-AAA people don’t seem to talk a lot about our lives after this major change. It appears that statistical data are accumulating on our life expectancy or lack of it, frequency of endoleaks, and complications such as erectile dysfunction (great!), but when you do a search on AAA and happiness using a range of keyword combinations there is little or nothing. But you have to live with the thing inside of you, so happiness must be really important once you conquer the initial fear. Having reparative surgery or a stent saved our lives, so that is certainly a cause for rejoicing – I toast my stent (Rupert) from time to time lest I forget.

Anyone know of people writing about AAA and happiness? I’ve got one and I’m happy much of the time, which I attribute to a combination of genetics (brain chemistry), great family and friends, exercise and a general interest in the Universe.


-k @FitOldDog



  1. Happy, or wired, or both? By the way, it is nice to see you.

  2. Looks like you are straining at stool. (JSK put me up to this)

  3. Where’s Gromit?

  4. Miss you, Kevin! You make us happy, too. [and, this shot IS so Wallace!]

  5. Hi Meg, never did get to try Stinking Bishop, though, but I hope to one day. Be home soon. -k

  6. Limited production small scale manufacture makes obtaining Stinking Bishop not to easy. Can get it locally but not all year round. The name suits the cheese. Strange thing is that it is smooth and mild (ish) to the taste but wow what a stink.

  7. I’ll get some one day. -k

  8. Still very happy, so thanks Cook Medical and Jo Fulton. Much appreciated. It is so good to be alive. -k aka @FitOldDog

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.