Heart Cath

April 22, 2007

Journal, Lauren, Lloyd

IMPORTANT: Read the post below this first.

We named this post ‘Heart Cath’ because ‘Shaved Groin’ might have put you off.  So, it’s a little more serious now. The doctor came in and said he’d like to rule out myaparacarditis (spelling?), where the actual muscle is affected, not just the sac.  That involves doing a heart catheter. (spelling?)


So, we watched a little nine-minute video about the procedure.  I said that wouldn’t be necessary, since I watch lots and lots of medical shows, but they insisted.  It was very informative, but they put some nut-job in charge of the soundtrack.  It had sad, slightly creepy ‘beginning of the horror movie where the innocent family is moving their belongings into the doomed house’, haunted-music-box music.  It washard not to laugh.

The nurse informed us of the risks, and they were ready right away!  Lloyd had to strip down to his gown and socks, and they took him to the cath lab.  He said it was very interesting, but he’s resting now and I’ll let him describe it later.

After about an hour the doctor came out and said that he does have a little myaparacarditis, but it shouldn’t be a problem. His chances of getting better are quite good.  They’re going to get him on some medicine and keep him here for a few days to watch him.

That’s all for now.  I appreciate you leaving comments rather than calling  – our cell phone batteries are pretty low.

More updates later!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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14 Responses to “Heart Cath”

  1. Kristi Said on:

    Get well soon, Lloyd! We’re thinkin’ about ya.


  2. Karla Said on:

    Hey guys, my heart goes out to you. 3 years ago Arron told me I should take him to the ER because he felt strange. After an EKG, 2 MRIs, and a dopler u/s of his neck, we were told he was going to be admitted (my first thought was, woohoo, we don’t have to pay the insurance copay for the ER visit); then they told us Arron had suffered a brain hemorrhage. The next days held too many tests, too many doctors in and out, and too many unanswered questions about the future. I pray that this is something that can be resolved quickly and the two of you can move forward together. I know I’m a long way away, but if there’s anything more than praying that I can do, please let me know.


  3. Lloyd Said on:

    Thanks Karla and Kristi. Everything seems to be going okay. I was on bedrest for 6 hours after the heart-cath, but I am up and about now (if you can call writing comments up and about).


  4. Peggy Said on:

    (hope you got my email. Hang in there kid!)


  5. christina Said on:

    Dad says he’s coming home on Thursday and expects you at the house on Saturday to help chase cows. He says chasing cows is the best medicine for anything.

    They are thinking about you and hope you feel better soon. Please keep us updated.


  6. Paul Said on:

    Myoparacarditis -- Just in case you really wanted to know the correct spelling 🙂 Get well soon!


    • Beth Said on:

      At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all (which I only claim to be concerning fingernails and their proper care, grooming and polishing), it’s myopericarditis. The pericardium is the membrane lining around the heart that creates a protective sac for the heart…thus the peri.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Hey, thanks for the info. As was recently pointed out earlier, good spelling, like fine wine, is wasted on me.

      In other news, this “not raising your heart rate” stuff has at least one thing going for it. A few hours ago Lauren said she was sorry for arguing with me, because it might raise my heart rate.


  7. Lauren Said on:

    I forgot to say -- Paul commented!!! woo-hoo!!!! Don’t we need to send him a check or something? I forgot what our prize was for first post.


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