At 2:20 we were finally able to head off to the cath lab. Carla giggled as she breathed in the bubble gum laughing gas and was out like a light. After an hour and a half, the heart cath doctor paged us and we met him to find out how things went. He said that things went well and that Carla was doing good. He was a little bit surprised that her coronary disease actually looked a bit better this year than it had last December. Her heart pressures looked good and her lungs didn't seem to have a problem oxygenating the blood properly. There has been question about her lungs because of her extensive history with lung issues after the Fontan. As we were talking to the cath doctor, the other doctors were preparing her for a stress echo test. We were told that after that was finished we would be re-paged.
We were paged about an hour and a half later and I was able to go back to the recovery area where Carla was waking up. While I was in the recovery area Dr. Law called. He had left the hospital and wasn't sure if he would be back before we were discharged, but wanted us to know that he had just looked at Carla's echo. They were able to get her heart rate all the way up to 180 beats per minute without her having any heart abnormalities. Dr. Law was very pleased. As are we! We are now back on a schedule where we will be seeing the heart docs every 2 months, instead of every month! This literally cuts our doctor visits in half! We were happy and finally released from Children's at 8:00 this evening. We are flying high and feeling so incredibly blessed.