I’m going to combine a couple of things in today’s post. Six Word Saturday AND If We Were Having Coffee! It is a meme mashup of sorts. Thanks to Nerd in the Brain for reminding me of “If We Were Having Coffee” which I’ve done a few times here on the blog – here and here specifically. It is the perfect amount of randomness and provides an excuse for a totally conversational post! So, first, let’s get the Six Words out of the way.
Enough already with medical issues, please!
Yeah…definitely captures my feelings right now. Let’s have some coffee, because…well, this:
If we were having coffee, I would apologize for my house looking like we are in the middle of a move for no good reason. There are pictures from the walls sitting on the floor against the wall, waiting for me to decide where I should put them (I got some from my mom’s house and was going to switch things around, but now I’m not so sure and I’m feeling a little stuck). There are piles on the dining room table. A combo of stuff that came home from the hospital with us, stuff from my purse and stuff that was there before.
Yeah – the hospital. We spent three days in the hospital with my DD this past week. Totally unexpected. We went in for a normal transplant check up and they noticed her heartbeat was slower than it normally is – only a slight difference, but they are thorough, to be sure. So, they ran an EKG and there was a pretty significant bradycardia. So, they checked her in and then they decided to be sure there was no rejection, they needed to do a biopsy. She used to have biopsies all. the. time. First, every three months. Then every six months. And we stayed at every six months for a long time. Then they bumped her tricuspid valve and it got knocked loose (it is a known issue in little ones doing catheterizations) and they had to repair it and the repair didn’t really work – just lessened it enough that when on lasix she would not fill up with fluid in her chest (which happened without us knowing once before the valve repair – again, unexpected stay, but that one was six days). Then, to keep from having to risk bumping the repaired valve, we moved to annual biopsies. But, now we’re back to six months to make sure there isn’t any significant damage to the coronary arteries and such while we figure out what is causing this electro-conducting problem. The biopsy came back negative for rejection and everything looked the same that it did in May and the lower conductors in the heart seem to be working okay, so it is just her sinus node that is deciding to misfire…or not fire at all sometimes. So, she is now wearing a heart monitor stuck to her chest for 14 days to track her heart beat over longer periods of time and we’ll see how she does. They say she is not symptomatic but I think that maybe she has had some symptoms and we just didn’t know what to be looking for when it was happening. So, now we know. And we’ll see what shows up. So, there’s that. But at least we’re home.
I would tell you that my husband had to leave the next morning after we arrived at home because his mom had to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Thursday while we were still in the hospital at Stanford. Yeah…that’s right. We were calling his dad in the hospital there while we were sitting in a hospital room here. Sigh… Good news was there was no sign of spread, so she will not need any chemo or radiation and hopefully this will be the end of it for life. Bad news, she is not being a very patient patient and my husband and his dad are totally exhausted (this is day five in a hospital room for my husband…different room, same you know what). He is going to stay down there to help out his dad this week, so I’ll be dealing with Bean on my own. I’m hoping that all goes well and there are no illnesses or heart issues or issues with his mom. I’m hoping we have no more hospital stays for anyone in our family for a long, long time.
I would then drink some coffee and knock on wood and kiss my blarney stone or whatever you do for good luck and I would hope that you didn’t think I was some crazy woman with a Lifetime Movie Network life that is way to overwhelming. Because honestly, that is probably what I would think if I heard my story.
I would ask you how you were doing and hope that your answer would be more Comedy Central than Lifetime Movie Network. And you can include your response over at the Weekend Coffee Share at Part-Time Monster!