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11/7/2016 Latest post:
Beth's journey began in June 2016 when she was went to the doctor thinking she had a case of pneumonia she just couldn't get rid of. After being admitted to the hospital in Eau Claire she found out she was in cardiac failure. After testing and medicine she was then transferred to Rochester where we found out she was in Stage C cardiac failure. She amazed the staff by still being up and walking and talking since most people would be bedridden and sleeping a lot by this point. After having a CRT-D (pace maker with a defibrillator) implanted, she was sent home. There have been a few bumps since then that have caused short hospital stays, but she has been able to be home with the kids. Along with the CRT-D , Beth has a PICC line and an external drug pump which is administering medicine 24 hours a day for her heart. Additional testing has been done, and her care team has been monitoring her heart to see if they are gaining any improvement in function (currently 6%) or size (her heart is very enlarged). At this time they feel the best option is to get Beth on the heart transplant list. This site will be a place for Beth to document her journey, and receive support from her friends and family during this difficult journey.