I'm writing mostly because I just felt like writing again...and felt justified doing so since I'm providing a minor update on Patty's symptoms. In addition to the fatigue, which continues but hasn't been as severe tonight as I had worried it would be, Patty seems to be retaining more water than usual. Both her hands and feet are a little puffy, and her rings are quite tight. Presumably, since milrinone is a vasodilator (that is, it opens blood vessels), reducing the dosage would tend to make one more susceptible to swelling.
The symptom I worried most about, and most expected to see -- shortness of breath -- hasn't really been a problem as yet, although Patty has not been especially active. I'm somewhat encouraged by this, but also remain a bit apprehensive. If Patty's faring pretty well tomorrow, I'll feel like I fretted unnecessarily, as is my wont.
Tonight's Christmas flick was A Holiday Affair, starring Robert Mitchum and a very young Janet Leigh -- two thumbs up from these reviewers.