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.