Patty had a telephone conversation with Dr. Costanzo on Monday afternoon. Based on the results of the exercise stress test, the echocardiogram and Patty's latest visit to the doctor, Dr. Costanzo has taken Patty off the transplant list for the foreseeable future. In fact, the doctor is recommending no further action be taken at this time other than increasing certain medicines that should protect Patty's heart going forward. Patty has somehow moved from a near-critical case to a simple heart failure management patient. How's THAT for an update?
Dr. Costanzo said that she had never seen a situation like Patty's before, where someone was so severely ill and then rebounded so completely. Almost all medical literature suggests that once heart failure begins, it typically gets worse and rarely gets better. The doctor won't even really guess why this has happened. Patty credits her mother, father, Ellen, Carrie and others for playing the role of guardian angels. I'm not sure what I believe, but I am very happy to hear some good news for my wonderful wife. We're realistic, of course -- Patty still suffers from fatigue, and she could have problems in the future -- but for now our patient is choosing to regard this as a miracle.
With this news, the infrequent postings may become even less frequent. I will pop in with a note from time to time, because I'm sure there will be other news to share along the way. I will certainly pick up the pace again if Patty's health slips at any point, but we're hoping that will never be the case. I cannot tell you how much it means to us that all of you have been checking in and pulling for Patty and our family. She is remarkable, and I again look forward to a long life with her.