We got her checked in, into her room, evaluated, IV started, doctors met and Gabriella rolled into the cath lab in the most timely manner I have ever seen at a hospital!
She opted for the IV over face mask for sedation because she doesn't like the way the mask smells. The nurses were surprised but also impressed she is so knowledgeable and aware of her medical care! She went back crying and anxious, but understanding. It took maybe 90 minutes to complete before the doctor came out and told us that things looked great from what he could see! Those high heart pressures she had in June were back into a picture perfect range and he had no issues with valves while going in for the tissue samples for biopsy. We won't know for a few days what the biopsy results say, but the initial feedback was great!
The best part of the whole process is that they chose to go into her right heart this time, entering through her carotid artery, instead of her femoral in her leg. This meant she didn't have to lay still for 6 hours after the procedure!!!!! I was thankful for this, especially since she had such a miserable time coming out of anesthesia this time. Poor kid was angry, disoriented and frustrated for quite a while!
I couldn't be more at peace on a test day like today. I feel like God has His mighty hands so securely around us all that there is no other feeling to feel than comfort. Even in my nerves, my earthly nerves of a mother concerned for her childs life, I have unwavering faith. Gabriella continues to keep strength when I can honestly say I wouldn't be able to if I were in her shoes. Our marriage took a hit recently but has bounced back with such force that I would say we have never been more in tact and strong. As a family unit, we are moving forward, growing and strengthening.
I feel blessed to be alive.