Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Looking Down With Things Looking Up...
Body fluid work, pictures of the heart, x-rays, stress tests, oxygen and CO2 tests and other multitude of tests....medicine assessment and pep talks and progress reports. Sticking to that low sodium diet and the new medicine and THE PRAYERS all you good people sent out have paid off wonderfully.
When he was so seriously sick his cardiac refraction rate was less than ten percent (out of one hundred percent). In layman's term I think that's the pump pressure and out put. I never really looked it up. I didn't want to know what it meant, I just wanted it fixed.
After intense fluid reduction and a loss of almost twenty pounds of fluid the congestive heart failure was delayed...still there but immensely improved. From ten percent to thirty percent in less than a month's time! I don't know what you think but that sounds like a miracle to me especially since I had been informed that refraction rate could not improve. His rate was 35 percent and functional two years ago and 25 percent and then downhill to the morgue was where he was headed. I would say a twenty percent improvement is a good sign.
HUBBY DID NOT MAKE THE TRANSPLANT LIST! AS OF TODAY HE IS DEEMED TOO HEALTHY TO BE CONSIDERED AS A POSSIBLE RECIPIENT OF A DONOR HEART. WITH GOOD SENSE, GOOD DIET AND CONTINUING PRAYERS THIS HEART COULD POSSIBLY SUPPLY ALL HIS NEEDS FOR A LONG LIFE.
They have not abandoned him but will keep a close watch on his progress and if there is a downward dip, he can be placed on the list but for now we are celebrating.
We even ate out!!!! The low sodium choice at Subway's was delicious and not dangerous.
So Praise God and Pass The Biscuits(even if they have too much salt) Thank you all for the healing prayers and your patience with my panic. Neither of us could have survived without your support.