Well, Conway wasn't due back to the cardiologist until mid to late March, but since he's scheduled to have this oral surgery on 3/6, he was required to get a full cardiac work-up. His appointment was today and here's the news we've got so far:
1) He looks great. His stamina and endurance are unchanged and we have no new concerns with that. He never complains of fatigue or chest pains so that is good.
2) His pacemaker is AWESOME! He has about 5.5 years of battery life left on it and his leads look good.
3) He had an echo and we don't have the complete report yet as it wasn't available for the doctor to read yet. The doctor did come in the room a few times during the echo and remarked that the tech told him things looked pretty unchanged. His gradient across the valve is higher, but it might just be an issue of the angle the measurements were taken. He's going to compare it to his last two and get back with us.
4) We were supposed to head over to meet with the anesthesiologist after the cardiology appointment, but the wonderful Dr. Bromberg made a phone call and spoke with the doc himself and was able to save us the trip. So, if the echo looks unchanged and Dr. Bromberg feels Conway is safe to have surgery on 3/6, then he will.
The Children's Heart Foundation is having a trivia night on 3/10 to raise funds for CHD research. We will be going and sitting at Dr. Bromberg's table! If you are interested in getting a table let me know and I'll pass on the details. There is also a CHD Night at Busch Stadium at the end of May. I believe the Cardinals are also having some sort of pre-game ceremony for CHD survivors as well. Tickets go on sale soon and a portion of the proceeds go the the Children's Heart Foundation. Again, let me know if this is something you'd like to join us for.
While we certainly wouldn't wish complex heart disease on anyone or their child, we are so grateful and forever changed by the relationships we've made on this journey. We know God has placed so many special people in our path and we thank Him every day for each and every one of them and each and every one of you!