Was she diaganosed in congestive heart failure?
As of right now she is not in congestive heart failure. While her heart function has worsened we area hoping that the damage and poor function is tachycardia induced. In theory once that is corrected then the heart can begin to heal and return to a normal function. Last testing prior to this episode was in March/April of 2009 and what is bad now was perfectly normal then.
I was just so shocked to hear how it can get this bad in such a short amount of time. In reality it only takes DAYS. We do not know how long this has been going on but suspect it was starting back in the fall. This is just based on some odd symptoms that we were seeing. Putting two and two together I guess. Will never know for sure.
It is entirely possible that she WILL have a congestive heart failure diagnosis. But they won't say it now. Will have to continue having echo's done over the next few weeks. Perhaps the one tomorrow will show some improvement now that the heart rate is being controlled by the meds. We knew that the meds would have to be adjusted over time but I really feel as if they will get lowered tomorrow. I have been testing her rate and respiration about 3 times per hour. Everything appears to be "normal" with the numbers since bringing her home. I can't tell what her BP is. I suspect a bit on the low side which is a side effect of either of the heart meds.
She has been without her thyroid meds since Saturday. I can already tell that she is being affected by it. Hopefully we get the OK to restart them tomorrow. Her "panic" behavior that was present prior to thyroid supplementation is starting to return. Any small noise seems to startle her. Then she gets nervous/frightened. Hubby and I are literally whispering to each other, making as little noise as possible, walking very softly in the home and gotta love our sign on the front door!
DO NOT KNOCK.
DO NOT RING DOOR BELL
NO VISITORS!!! LOL
The cardiologist left us with her thoughts which were that she was "Guardedly Optimistic" with Cami's prognosis.
Again.....she doesn't KNOW Cami. I mean she knows her she just doesn't know her like I know her. I am not lying to myself. I know she is not even close to being her old self. She may never be. Odds are that she won't BUT if she can recover from this I know that she can still lead a happy life. That is all I want for her.....happiness. If she is happy that is 1/2 the battle.
She continues to rest as much as she wants. She is starting to move around more (much to my dismay). I don't know WHAT they did to her in an attempt to get her to eat in the ICU but she stole a potato chip from me!!!
Took it right off my plate. She does not BEG for food. Has always had the best manners when it comes to us eating. For sure has never stolen something off our plate. She can sit right on the couch next to me if I am eating and just sit there. No cares. No attempts to get food. Of course we do have our "baby bird" moments but that is different and she knows which foods that play includes. If she wants a potato chip factory I guess I will have to figure out a way to accomplish that for her.
I just know I love her and am glad she is home!!! I am not even taking it day by day but moment by moment. Only way to stay sane.