Sunday, January 27, 2008

David Update

We see David's cardiologist (in town) tomorrow to get the interpretation of the test results from last week. David received the CD of the MRI and a medical report in the mail this past week, which, of course, we can't fully interpret. One thing the report said, though, is that none of the chambers of David's heart are enlarged. While that's great, if true, it contradicts the tests he had earlier. When he had his heart catheterization the doctor called me in and let me see the real-time images, and he pointed to the chambers on the right side and said, "Look, you can see how the right side is larger than the left, and that is not the way it is supposed to be, because the left side is the one that pumps blood to the whole body." The doctor was very clear on this. I looked, and, sure enough, I too could see very clearly that the right side was larger than the left.

I'm confused as to what this all means. Can the heart enlarge that much and then decrease in size again over the course of a couple of months (without the hole having been repaired?). Did one of his tests get switched with those of another patient? Are MRI's and catheterizations so different that one could show something that much different than another - one being more accurate, the other less?

I'm eager to find out what all this means tomorrow. I hope the doctor is more amenable to questions at this appointment than he has been in the past. This seems to me like a pretty big discrepancy, but, not having a medical degree, I don't know - and I don't know how much of a difference it makes. I just want to be sure they know exactly what they're dealing with before they operate so that what needs to be done is what actually is done.

I didn't post earlier about having gotten the results, because, as I said, I am not trained to read a medical report, but the words, "There is no enlargement in any chamber of the heart" seem pretty clear. I'm praying that a lot of clarity will come forth tomorrow.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Meyer, you are in our family prayers everday but even more so tomorrow (Monday)

Tony said...

I'll be praying that the appointment goes really well and all of your questions get answered well.

Remember, the doctor is your employee getting paid by you. So make sure he answers all of your questions well and don't be intimidated!

I'm looking forward to hearing the results!

Linda said...

Heidi,
You may not be an MD, but you ask the right questions with your great desire to understand. Just by voicing these discrepancies, you are David's best advocate.
Praying for clarity today.
Linda

Heidi said...

Thanks to all for the prayers!

I'm eager to report the results of the appointment that is just a few hours away now.

I do have peace inside that I/we will be able to ask him what we need to even if he evades our questions at first as he did last time.

If not, or if we aren't comfortable with what we hear, I think this would then be the time to go to UCSF for further answers. The tests are all now in. We have copies of the latest one and can get copies of the others, and we do have official "permission" (not sure on the correct terminology) for a visit to UCSF.

It feels good to be at this point - a point after which we can finally take the next step.