My AAA, by Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Author and historian Mike Wilson wrote this poem about his abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), which was picked up through a screening programme.

He says: “In June 2008, I was operated on at Hull Royal Infirmary by Professor McCollum.

“I did not suffer in any way beforehand, nor after the operation. I was a little slow when walking round the block for a few weeks, though.

“I've had four TIAs [transient ischaemic attacks, sometimes called mini-strokes] since but currently am OK.”


This abdominal aortic aneurysm

has led to some serious pessimism

for I’m left in some awe

at drawing the short straw

and am pondering the attractions of vandalism.


But I’ll face all the problems with professionalism

and a certain amount of wise realism.

and - you may think this odd -

I cannot blame God

for I’m delighted I’ve converted to atheism.


I’ll combat the horror with witticism

while it upsets my life with its terrorism

but the fact of the matter

is everything’s just chatter

so I’ll hang on to my life with great stoicism.


I shall avoid descending into barbarism

and may be face up to it with heroism

for I wish I’d not got

this life-threatening blot:

This abdominal aortic aneurysm.


16th August 2007, on being told I have an AAA.




That abdominal aortic aneurysm

that led to some serious pessimism

was removed with great skill

so it’s definite I will

be enjoying my life with great optimism.


2nd June 2012, four years to the day of the operation to fix the Triple AAA.


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