Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Patty's still going strong

Hi everyone:

As I've mentioned in previous posts, no news is good news as far as Patty is concerned -- ergo, I've had nothing significant to report for some time. Patty continues to do incredibly well. In fact, she has even been able to increase her beta blocker and ACE inhibitor dosages to levels desirable for heart failure patients; you may recall that previously this was a problem because of Patty's unusually low blood pressure.
Patty's last echocardiogram and ICD interrogation were both very positive (although Patty's ejection fraction remains at around 25%.) Patty remains the mystery patient, the miracle case, the against-all-odds poster girl.
Last night, Patty modeled in a fashion show for Edward Heart Hospital, along with Dr. Costanzo (her cardiologist) and a number of other patients who can share compelling heart stories. Patty was a natural, and she looked amazing.
Patty continues to teach part-time, and hopes to return at a full-time level for the start of the next school year. The kids are doing great. All is well with us, knock on wood. If anything changes, and perhaps even if nothing changes, I'll try to write again soon.