Patty has been experiencing an unusual and disconcerting symptom recently--profound numbness in her hands, particularly in the mornings and more pronounced in her right hand. This, of course, makes teaching art classes, and pottery in particular, rather difficult. We're not at all clear as to what may be causing this, or if it's in any way related to her heart failure. Patty has a couple of big tests coming up in December (to test for any improvement related to the HeartNet) so, if anything awry is happening, perhaps we'll gain insights there. Of course, the symptoms could mean little; they're worrisome, though, because heart patients have much greater-than-average odds of suffering a stroke in their lifetimes (and because Patty seems to be having more frequent headaches).
Yesterday, we watched an episode of a PBS series, The Mysterious Human Heart. One of the featured patients was having difficulty finding a donor heart because of high antibodies. Does this sound familiar? The show was fascinating so, if you're interested in getting into the nitty-gritty of heart function, it's well worth a look.