Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Lucy had another cardiology appointment today to follow up on the moderate effusion around her left lung. Luckily, the X-ray showed that it has improved and her diuretic dosage was increased to hopefully keep her from being admitted back into the hospital. The main concern is her prolonged requirement for a high dosage of diuretics and if the regurgitation from the tricuspid and mitral valves are causing the excess collection of fluid.

If her condition does not improve within the next three to six weeks, she will have another echocardiogram of her heart to determine if she needs valve replacement. In most cases, valve replacement is an open heart operation. In some cases, the valve can be replaced without opening the chest, which is minimally invasive. We're hoping that she makes a turn for the better and can hold off on another major surgery.


Sasha said...

Oh gosh..yes let's hope she doesn't have another surgery. Sending prayers your way!! Hope the next couple of weeks that things turn around. We have some leaky valves and things can look better after a couple of weeks.We have been given more time. So it's definately possible to have good news. Let's pray that Lucy get's some good news

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

i hope she does not have to have another surgery!!!! hopefully things will turn around quickly and her next cardiology appt will be GREAT!!!! praying and hoping for good news :)