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Based on our conversations today, it appears the selection committee will recommend Eddie be added to the UNOS waitlist as a status 1a. This is great news since that is the highest priority possible, with average wait times between 2-6 months. The rationale our doctors are using for putting Eddie at the top of the list is risk associated with his hypertrophic condition . . . where he has already had a cardiac death event.
While Eddie is on the waitlist, he will have clinic visits just once a month with an ECHO every other month. Unless he has a significant health change, he shouldn't need any catheterization or biopsy work done prior to transplantation . . . just continue to take his meds and make his check ups.
After transplant, Eddie will most likely be in ICU for a few days and then head to the floor for recovery . Overall, he will probably be in hospital between 2-4 weeks. One of the more exciting bits of news we had today was the amount of training and education Sarah and I will receive before Eddie is released. There is a week or so of hands on training we'll have in the hospital to make sure we can administer Eddie's meds (he'll go home with close to 10 different prescriptions) as well as handle all of his vitals. Who needs Med school?!
All of this culminates in a 24-36 hour sleep-in experience where Sarah and I are required to do everything as if he were at home. The nurses and doctors will be there to make sure we don't do anything horrendously wrong, but talk about pressure! We're just glad our team of doctors/nurses are so focused on Eddie's long-term success. While the surgeries, etc. are complicated, the most important elements of success are really process-oriented . . . making sure everything is done in proper order, double-checked, and then re-verified.