My sister, Cynthia (68), was admitted to the hospital this morning after what seemed to be a mild heart attack and congestive heart failure. I’m still not sure if there was a heart attack. Near as we can tell, her transplanted heart is doing some rejecting things. They checked it, and today is, by coincidence, day 7000 of the new heart, which is pretty good. The rejection is taking the form of a buildup of antibodies in her blood.
Treatment is as follows:
1. Strong diuretics to relieve the buildup of fluids in lungs, arms, legs, &c.
2. An interesting procedure where they will pull out her blood, separate the plasma (which contains the anti-bodies), and restore it with new plasma or albumen.
3. Anti-rejection drugs.
She is only in mild discomfort, at this point, caused by having to stay in bed too long and moving too little. I’ll be going back tomorrow.
That’s what we know so far.
Edited: Right. 68, not 78.