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  • Mrs Bee
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    She's one brave young woman - I'm so sorry this must be so stressful for all of you... Keep us posted!

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  • cherylswope
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    Thank you! We're still celebrating. We had a special dinner last night.

    We're also cautious. We just received the actual echo report. Now I'm a little confused as to why we were told "normal" by her primary care dr.

    The cardiologist noted these findings in his report:

    - Ejection fraction 47%, indicating some struggles for the heart to pump normally (normal is 50-65%; mine is 62%, for example)
    - Mitral valve regurgitation
    - Tricuspid valve regurgitation

    All are mild, and the report is mostly normal, so we are grateful for that.

    However, she and Michael went for a hearty walk this Saturday morning only to turn around because Michelle had a pounding heart and chest pain. Usually they take 3-4 mile walks, but they had to stop after .5 miles and come home.

    We may take all of this to the big-city heart doctors just to make sure we're not missing something.

    The good news is that with her lowered blood pressure she feels much, much better and is her usual undaunted self.


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  • jen1134
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    Awesome news!!

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  • Katie
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    Thanks great news, Cheryl!
    We will see you and Michelle in StL at GHC!

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  • Michelle T
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    God is good!

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  • tanya
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    Woo hoo!! This is great news to go into the weekend with!

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  • cherylswope
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    Thank you, everyone, for the tremendous love and support, and especially for your prayers.

    I am happy to report that we learned today Michelle's echocardiogram is NORMAL, as are her renal and other cardio tests.

    This seems to indicate that whatever it is, we caught it early and no damage has been done. Her bp and pulse are now responding well to the beta-blockers, so the doctor told us to reduce them by half to reduce side effects. We may be able to remove them altogether at some point. We will monitor this. They're calling it "essential hypertension," possibly caused by so many years of anti-psychotics from her childhood schizophrenia. Our plan now is to lean more toward the DASH diet than pure renal, increasing her exercise to lower her BMI and improve cardiac function, check hormonal/endocrine numbers and anything else they recommend, and continue reducing any medications that may be contributing to her tachycardia.

    Like many of us, she needs to eat less and move more. She and I already study First Form Latin together. We may add twice-weekly swimming back into our routine, as we did during full-time homeschooling.

    Meanwhile, today as I was working on finishing touches for SC 7&8, Michelle appeared by my desk all dressed for her job. "You're feeling well enough to work?" I asked. "Oh yes!" she said with a smile as she bounced up and down. We all scrambled. Michael helped to prepare her lunch and water bottles for the day, and my husband drove her to work. Her nursing home supervisor told her they had been missing her.

    With her reasonably clean bill of health, Michelle wants to join me for our Simply Classical Great Homeschool Convention tour. We'll start with the one nearby, so I am pleased to announce that she will be with me for the Missouri convention in March for the first time. She plans to assist at the booth and also in our speaking sessions. I told her that the hours are long. With renewed energy from the lowered bp, she told me, "I don't mind one bit!" Thanks be to God.

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  • Gigi
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    I'm so sorry to read that she's suffering. Praying for healing, peace, and comfort for your sweet Michelle and for your family.

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  • SPearson
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    Praying Cheryl! I am sorry I am just now seeing this most recent update. I know you will continue to keep us posted, so I am thankful for that. Bless you all. May you get the rest and answers you all need......and healing stability for Michelle’s health concerns.

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  • enbateau
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    That's a lot to go through! I'm thankful you had the grace to be where you were most needed. We're praying her symptoms subside and her levels make it back to normal.

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  • CatherineS
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    Dear Cheryl,

    I am praying for you all!

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  • MBentley
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    I've been out of the loop. My prayers to you, Michelle, and your entire family.

    I wish we could all send food!

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  • KikaMarie
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    Thank you the update, Cheryl. We are all so blessed because of your family and your commitment to Michelle and Michael's classical education.

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  • howiecram
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    Thank you so much for sharing. We are here to pray for you and sweet Michelle!

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  • jen1134
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    You're a wonderful model for us, Cheryl. Praying for all of you!

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