April 26, 2006
The Worst Kind of News
We recently found that my father-in-law's heart failure is progressing rapidly. [He was diagnosed a year and half ago with viral cardiomyopathy. At the time of his dx, his heart function was at 20%. With meds, it increased to 33-34% in six months. Now, ten months after that, it is back down to 20%.]
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The cardiologist is not changing any of the treatment protocol, which is pretty bad news - basically there's nothing to be done. However, nobody else is willing to just throw in the towel, so together with his primary dr., they are trying to get a consult with another cardiologist to determine if there are other possible treatments.
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Realistically, we don't have much time left with him. Optimistically, 2 years will be great. The information we've read is not promising, so I've been limiting my google time - it is scary! what you find online about serious medical conditions.
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We're just praying that we all have the grace to deal with this as best as we can and to accept whatever God's will is. Until we know more, or have clear answers as far as the outlook for his health and future, we are just praying. And we plan on spending as much time as we can with him, for we know it will never feel like enough.
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Please pray with us for A's Dad and the rest of our family. I'll try to keep you posted.
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