Woo hoo! Do you know how much fun it is to share good news?!
Nate was a stellar patient......until it was his turn!! Oh man, even if Nate wasn't seen - he was certainly heard! But we got the job done.
And the report? His gradient number (the amount of squeeze the band is applying to the artery) jumped from 35 - where we've been sitting at for the last year - to 60!! That's pretty awesome! That means the band is finally starting to do some work! Nate isn't showing any signs of heart failure. His heart has not enlarged further since our last appointment. His liver is normal. How's that for news?
She did a little switch up with one of his meds, decreasing the frequency of his lasix to only once per day. We'll watch and see how he copes with that.
I had done some baking the night before, and brought a platter of some yummies for the staff. Apparently it was good timing. When she came in to see us this afternoon, she commented that she hadn't eaten since last night, and it had been a crazy day so far. So the cream cheese brownies, indeed, were just what the doctor ordered! Another neat connection - her daughter is at Winkler Bible Camp right now with her school for an outdoor ed retreat. Kinda neat!
So, I left the appointment feeling pretty pumped up! Only when I could know with certainty that surgery wasn't imminent, did I realize all the emotions I was holding at bay....not wanting to go there. We celebrated prairie style....a quick Costco trip with my sister, and a quick supper at Roxy's on the way home.
I'm so thankful for the prayers of so many of you - and I'm so glad I can share this awesome news with you. It's a good reminder to continue to praise God, even when He is silent...even while we are waiting.