For those of you who know my dad you know what a happy, fun loving, caring guy he is. He has a love for golf, beer, all things Ragin' Cajuns, and most of all family, especially his four grandchildren. He is very active in the community and is always on the go. My sister and I often have patients and friends tell us how lucky we are to have him as our dad:)
Back in November he started complaining of a cough and shortness of breath. He was beginning to tire easily and was unable to do normal everyday activities. For someone who has fought through rheumatoid arthritis with little complaint, this was unusual for him. He finally saw his primary Doctor and was sent for tests because the doctor felt there was something wrong with his heart. After blood work, an EKG and an echo he was told that he had restrictive cardiomyopathy and pulmonary hypertension, both symptoms of congestive heart failure. He was put on a very restricted low salt and liquid diet but his symptoms continued to worsen.
Forward to July 1, 2016, dad's 62nd birthday. He went in to Methodist hospital for a cardiac biopsy and received the news he had amyloidosis. Although we had been told this was a possibility all along, the news was a shock to our family. We were told amyloid was not curable and dad would eventually need a new heart.
From there the team at Methodist hospital in Houston has been nothing short of amazing. They admitted Dad on July 27 to ensure he would have all of the specialists and tests he needed to get on the heart transplant list as soon as possible . On Tuesday August 2 the transplant team met to decide dad's fate and accept him as a heart transplant candidate. He was transferred to the critical care unit (CCU) and began chemo that night.
Wednesday, August 3, a Balloon Pump was inserted into his chest to help his heart pump blood. I can happily announce, he successfully made the list Monday, August 8, 2016!!
My family and I cannot thank everyone enough for the outpouring of love we have received through texts, calls, Facebook, emails and prayers. My dad is truly blessed to have such amazing family, friends, coworkers, patients and community. We appreciate your continued prayers during this time.