We had another great day yesterday in Cardiac Clinic and left with a fabulous report to share!
- Sarah’s albumen is down a little, to 2.9, but still ok.
- Her blood sugars have held steady and look good. (We haven’t done any correction doses of insulin in the last two days.)
- They are pleased with her energy and exertion levels. (We wandered all over the hospital all morning yesterday, and she still had enough in her to give her all at cardiac rehab in the late afternoon. The wheelchair mostly lives in the car now.)
- Her blood pressures look good and level again.
- Prograf and Cellcept levels are perfect. (These, along with the steroids, are her anti-rejection meds.) No med changes this week.
- Her Creatinitne and BUN (kidney function levels) both look GREAT and normal levels for a healthy person.
- Her echo looked good. The past few showed some thickening of her left ventricle. (Not uncommon for transplanted hearts.) Hers is starting to thin back down, and everything else looked good, too.
We also met with the dietician and talked a little more about power packing, reaching her calorie goals, and what ideas we could put in place to help get her to gain weight. Our goal has been 1600-1800 calories/day, and we usually can get her to about 1400 every day. We discovered the past two days that getting a whole 500 or 600 calories in first thing in the morning has made all the difference. (We also started using cream instead of milk, and realized how many calories we could get in with a Whopper Jr. with cheese and bacon. :)) We are so proud to report that Sunday was an 1800 calorie day, and yesterday was over 2000! YAY Sarah! It’s hard to eat when you’re nauseous, or don’t feel hungry, or nothing sounds good, but she’s such a trooper to do what she needs to, and lets me talk her into stuffing another serving of ice cream and cookies or trail mix down her throat.
Things are just going so great. So happy and so proud of her for pushing like she needs to, and doing the things that will help her angel heart and body be healthy and strong! Keep it up, little darlin’! I LOVE this girl so much, and I’m so grateful for her donor’s family and the amazing team we have behind her helping her to live a full and happy, healthy life.