So, I finally got my hands on the test results that I’ve been waiting on for the last month and there is reason for optimism. Guarded, but optimism just the same.
The MRI report indicated that my ejection fraction (EF), which is a measure of how well my heart is pumping, is at 47% right now, which is a big improvement over the 35% from the last round of tests. By comparison, the normal EF in a healthy person ranges from 50% to 65%. So, if this report is accurate, I’m not far from that range. And, if the EF is in fact at 47%, it means that I probably won’t be having surgery to implant a defibrillator any time soon. Those are very big Ifs.
The results of the blood work done to check my potassium, iron, thyroid, etc… all came back within the normal ranges. And while there were a few blips on the tapes from the heart monitor I wore for a month, they don’t appear to be anything to worry about.
While all of those are good signs, I’m still left with a lot of questions about what the hell is going on. And, unfortunately, I can’t get in to see the doctor until March 9th. But, at least I have the reports and know what they say.
For now, I’m trying to go forward with guarded optimism that things aren’t as bad as believed. The clouds of doubt and despair that have consumed me in recent months aren’t making that easy, but I am trying. I guess time will tell.