Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Not Quite There

Clare's spirits are much better the last two days, but she is not healed yet. One of her cath sites is pooling blood under the incision, so her cardiologist is monitoring her closely. We were there yesterday afternoon so the doctor could have a peek and will be going back in tomorrow morning because the lump has grown slightly larger. I am praying that we are not sent back to Boston to address this problem. I know the cardiologist is worried that the wound is not healing properly and infection might be setting in.

We still have not heard when Clare's next cath is expected to be. Clare has her full battery of post-cath tests (EKG, chest x-ray, echocardiogram) next week, so the cardiologist should have the recommendation by then. We did talk about the fact that Clare's renal arteries were not looked at during this past cath. The cardiologist was not happy to hear this. I got the feeling she does not want to wait until Clare's next cath to have this done. So Clare may undergo a sedated MRI in the near future to look at those arteries. Unfortunately, this would mean another trip down to Children's Hospital because her cardiologist does not feel comfortable having Clare do it locally without the proper back-up, "just in case."

Here's to better news tomorrow!


camille said...

Oh man, you guys are so swarmed with appointments right now. That always hits me like a ton of bricks. It seems like they come in waves and when they come, they REALLY come. I hope she continues to heal and that the bleeding stops. She'll be in my prayers tonight.

Julie said...

You continue to be in my prayers.

Katie said...

What a week hey,
I hope that the bleeding stops ASAP and she is cleared of any infection tomorrow. Its no good that they didnt check Clares renal arteries :( I hope you dont have to go to Boston again for that MRI - but i guess its what ever is safest for Clare.
take care

Anonymous said...

Prayers and lots of love are sent your way tonight, as well as tomorrow! You all have had enough for this week - or should I say 'lifetime'???love, Joan

Laura said...

We are thinking of you all.

Every minute counts.... said...

As you know...I am thinking about you and praying for good news!