Friday, March 27, 2009

March 27th, 2009

First things first, when Dave goes in every week for biopsy's what they are checking for is possible rejection. There are 3 different types of rejection:

Grade 0- No Rejection
Grade 1- Mild Rejection, NOT doing damage to the heart, but inflammation is present, and not treatment is required.
Grade 2- Moderate Rejection, doing some damage to the heart, and requires treatment.
Grade 3- Severe Rejection, major damage to the heart, and requires aggressive treatment.

So of course I have been pretty much holding my breath until they called me today to give me the results of this biopsy. He is at a Grade 1 Rejection right now, this is very common, and as you can see by the chart above they aren't going to be too concerned at this time and it is quite possible that by next week he will be at a Grade 0. This is why they do them every week. They also tested his Ejection Fraction and that was at 63% which is fantastic because before surgery with his old heart it was at 8-10%! They modified some of his medications a little bit, but for the most part all is well.

He had to spend the day at the hospital getting a drug through the IV and he was pretty moody about having to do that, but oh well. I took that time to do some errands and get some things done that I can't do because I can't leave him alone. Doug is getting here in exactly 2 hours and I can't wait to see him! David is resting and is really starting to get down in the dumps, so prayers for him please. He is not liking his living arrangements, hates the mask he has to wear to go out and about, and really doesn't like all the treatments and such. My once very positive boy is slowly going to the negative side.

Today he received a great package from our friends the Pelletiers from Texas! A huge bag full of homemade Caramel Corn and I would guess about 75 or more homemade cards from kids at their church. Before he laid down for a nap he was reading all the cards and I am pretty sure I saw a smile or two, so thanks you guys that was pretty special.


  1. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. You have been truly blessed thus far and have so much to be thankful for. Please don't forget, the road may be long and with many twists and turns, but He is with you EVERY step of the way. He will bring you through this.

  2. Praying right now for you David. The lover of your soul is listening to all of the prayers of those people who have you on their hearts. You are so loved and blessed. We will keep you in our prayers. God bless your days now and bring you speedy recovery and encouragement.

  3. David, Remember the song we sang in Youth Group, "They That Wait"? They that wait will rise up on wings of eagles, they will run and not be weary, walk and not be faint, there is Hope for those that wait.
    You have been through so much. It's been a long road, and the journey isn't over, the Lord has been very gracious to you. He has a plan that He saved your life for.
    Please have Hope as you wait. Im praying that you take this time to not only recover but to strengthen your relationship with the Lord. How exciting it must be to look forward to the time when you can share with many others all that the Lord has brought you through.
    Thank you for alowing us to witness your journey. Im praying for encouraging uplifting days ahead.
    I love you tons...

  4. I'm glad he liked the package. I really wish we could do more to help cheer him up. We will continue praying for all of you. Love you guys!

  5. Hi David.
    Claire and my daughter, Rachel are in the same class together. I don't know where to begin to encourage you. But we are all here supporting you and your family every step of the way.
    Just remember you are a fighter and you have done so well through all this. I know it is a bummer when you start feeling better and you still can't do anything. Try to make some games out it. (Okay I only have a 10 & 7 year old and you are a young adult.) I don't see a young man wearing a mask, but Wyatt Earp robbing a train or James Bond wooing that lady on the beach or an international spy conquering a mission. You are never to old to dream.
    How about a dumb joke:
    What is red, green and goes 50 miles an hour?
    A frog in a blender.
    Have you read any good books lately?
    Bleachers by See more butts, is always up for a good laugh.

    I bottle your spirit to keep me going through what I think, is a bad day.
    You have the biggest cheerleading group in the world...we're here for you, David.
    Best Wishes!! Vermeltfoort Family