I keep forgetting to post that Miss Madison has her FIRST HEART BIOPSY this Tuesday... April 13. Yes, I'm fulfilling my roll of the typical nervous mom! I don't like these procedures...I don't think anyone does. The anticipation and the 'what if's' drive me crazy. We have requested that Dr. Gray do the procedure. We absolutely love Dr. Gray. He is brilliant and one of the best doctor's in the Cardiology Department.
Heart Biopsy Education:
For those who don't know, a Heart Biopsy is completely normal and simply part of her transplant journey. I think that if everything looks good, she will have a biopsy on a yearly basis. But I'm not sure, I'll have to ask.
The main purpose of the procedure is to check for any rejection. I'm assuming that the doctor's will do an overall check of things as well. To my knowledge, Madison hasn't had any signs of rejection. Signs of rejection would include some of the same symptoms of Heart Failure (throwing up, lethargic, sweating, low energy, no appetite). If rejection was occurring, her heart may sound different as well. We listen to Madison heart everyday and it sounds the same each time. One could also be experiencing rejection, but not show outward symptoms and that is one of the reasons why biopsies are done.
The procedure is done in the Cath Lab. (Madison has been to the Cath Lab one other time) She will be put completely under and the doctor's will access her heart through her two main arteries. This is called a Catherization. One arterial location is in her neck and the other is upper thigh (groin area). The procedure usually lasts about an hour and then we get to hang out in Out Patient Recovery for about four hours.
Don't worry.. I have the new jammies purchased. Madison always gets new jammies, or comfy outfit for any surgical procedure. And as her biggest supporter, Cooper gets a new pair of jammies as well.
4 days ago