So the transplant work-up has very little to do with your actual heart. There are a few cardiac tests but mostly it is designed to make sure the rest of you is it tip-top shape to handle the surgery. I was seen by:
- social work
- gastrointestinal (GI)
- infection disease (ID)
- the chaplain
Test tests included but were not limited too:
- chest xray
- chest CT
- abdominal ultrasound
- blood work… lots of blood work
- pulmonary function test
- pap smear
- and more I’m sure I’m missing!
By the end it was determined that, other than my bum heart, I’m in GREAT SHAPE! Each of these departments sent their report to the transplant committee. This committee is made of 20+ people who will look at each report to see how I’m going and then make a recommendation as to whether or not I’m a good candidate for transplant. I went home from this evaluation on a Wednesday and was told I would hear on Tuesday the following week. Longest six days of my life.
Courage, dear heart. ~ C.S. Lewis