2 days at Mayo Clinic with my daughter
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
My daughter, who is 27, has tried several cholesterol meds over the last few months. She's had many side effects or they haven't lowered her cholesterol enough. It's a family thing with lots of early heart attacks & deaths. I've blogged about this before regarding my own situation. Long story short, we ended up staying an extra day for more tests. She had blood drawn twice, a chest x-ray, EKG, stress test, calcium scoring, and a scan of her carotid artery. I'm not sure I'll get this all straight, but I'll try. The dr. feels her situation is interesting because she should have shown some inflammation in the arteries through her bloodwork, but there was none. Her carotid artery was clear, but she did show a very low score indicating she's already got some plaque in her arteries. I've had the same test, 10 yrs. apart, and he feels like mine is moving slowly, so that was good news For now, he's trying a couple meds and will add others if this doesn't do enough. There are also 3 new ones being developed that she could try in the future. If no meds end up working she would have to be on ultrafiltration for the rest of her life. She would have her blood filtered weekly to remove the cholesterol. We're hoping it doesn't come to that and it sounds promising that something else will work. The most interesting thing was how much he stressed exercise. He even said he wasn't as concerned with weight as he was exercise. It's been proven that people who exercise have 30% larger arteries than those who don't. He recommended she do cardio for 1 hour, 6 days a week. That means I need to do better too. April wasn't my best month.
On another note, after I finally decided to take the job with the students with behaviors for next year they told me they might have a couple kids to add to my class which would keep it open. After waiting about 8 weeks, I'm keeping my current classroom so all that stress and decision making wasn't necessary. Go figure.