Stressful Testsby Angie

9 Jul 2008
7:07 pm

Well, folks, it’s mostly good news today.  I braved commuter traffic to reach Stanford at 9am for an echo, a stress test, and a clinic appointment with Dr. Murphy.  The echo went fine.  My function is down a little – 35% – so they’re going to keep an eye on that, but everything else looked normal.  The stress test was definitely successful in stressing me out.  One of the nurses commented afterwards that my heart rate only got up to 118, so I was feeling a little dejected – like I’d failed or something.  When I met with Dr. Murphy, though, they brought in the results for him to look over, and he commented, “Well, I’m glad to see you’re not a faker.”  I asked him how he could tell, and he said there are numbers in the results that can indicate pretty decisively whether a patient was really pushing themselves to their limit.  He said I probably went “beyond the limit, in fact.”  So I felt validated.

We talked about the results from my second CT Scan:  The swollen patches are still there, unchanged.  He intends to re-present the case to his collegues, but they’re probably just going to check them again in six months.  The clotting they noticed in my artificial conduit last time is gone.  That’s my favorite news, because it grants me a six month reprive from the Coumadin issue.  Then we talked about adoption.  He is hesitant to sign my physician form.  He said he’d like to read through the paperwork and think it over.  I presume he’ll let me know when he’s made a decision.

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  1. Angie
    10:54 AM on July 10th, 2008

    Dr. Murphy’s nurse, Andrea, called me this morning to tell me that he has looked over the papers and – since it doesn’t ask him to definitively say how long I’ll live or anything – he will fill out the form with all the facts and send it to Jean today or tomorrow. For my “general heath rating” he put “Fair,” which is a little disappointing to me, but understandable. There are other small issues of concern that I didn’t go into in my post, so it really is a reasonable response.

    Until we actually have a child placed with us, we will need to update our application from time to time, even after everything is finished and “approved,” so maybe I’ll warrant a better rating in the future 🙂

  2. Angie
    12:34 PM on July 10th, 2008

    And now another update: Andrea called back to say that, in looking over my past couple of echos, Dr. Murphy has changed his mind about anti-coagulation. He wants me more protected after all. This means I start coumadin on Monday. Blah.

  3. emi-jo
    10:41 AM on July 15th, 2008

    i sowwy, love :{ lame lame lame!…

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