Posted 9/30/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -7)
yes, i have noticed him laying around more.. which is so not him... simple things wind him more then they should, his chest feel tight as he calls it, in the center, i notice more winding as well, he does have edema on the lower legs, which is a constant battle to keep them down. he claims he dont feel different then he always has, but i am not so sure he would admit it.
we went last thursday for his heart cath to get proper measurements of blood flow, doc said prior to, that all test conforms it and he expects a normal reading since he is at rest during the test, the test only shows bad readings if you have trouble even laying down, and he claims not to. the heart did check out fine other then it did confirm constrictive pericardits..... but i expected it too since he has the mri of the heart done.... he has calcium too not sure if i mentioned it n prior post. also the true way to know if your n heart failure is having a BNP done, he has them monthly... it shows the stress on the heart from stretching.. due to a hormone that is released from the brain.
but... i noticed the numbers when they are lower dont mean he acts like he feels better... this i noticed..
his is from inflamation as well, simple pericarditis.... now how and why we dont know... they have ran many test trying to find cause... so far none... most cases are unknown.. which is not a bad thing... i understand treatment is the same no matter how... now the cause if found can be a determining factor in how you will respond later (after surgery), unkown is good for the end result post surgery. also i noticed his face swollen after laying down too, this was the first thing i noticed other then him tired all the time... i recently started to notice his color in skin , looks pale and ill looking.
since he rarely says anything its hard to tell what all he feels.. but today he did take a water pill.... that says alot for him, i have him on a very healthy diet, low sodium and restricted fliuds which he dont do so well on.. i still dont see a difference. ill look for your next post.. glad your doing ok.... hang in there, lisa