Thursday, January 15, 2015
Unplanned Visit to the Cardiologist
Conway has not felt himself the past week and a half or so. Especially concerning are reports of chest pain, mainly during exercise in P.E. or when wrestling with Karsten at home. He looks pale and has cold extremities. We have done all we can do to avoid seeing the cardiologist, but after results of labwork came back yesterday, the pediatrician's office wants him seen by Dr. Bromberg today. So far here is what we know: Chest x-ray is normal, CBC red/white blood cell counts are normal, pacemaker check was normal, holter monitor last week of Dec. was normal. He had two labs come back funny yesterday. One was the sed. rate and the other was the C-Reactive Protein test. It was high at a value of 13, where 0-1 is in the normal range. This indicates inflammation. We are unsure as to the cause. Something minor like a virus could possibly explain the result, but he has had no fever and blood cell counts don't indicate he is fighting infection. This test is used to measure risk for coronary artery disease, and given the chest pain he's been experiencing, the pediatrician did not feel comfortable dismissing this lab result. Please pray for wisdom for the doctor today as he evaluates Connie, and ask God to provide Greg and me with peace as we watch the clock until the appointment. My guess is that they will do an echo and possibly a stress (treadmill) test.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 6:42 AM