There is real concern that Teresa's pulmonary pressure has increased . This is why she is having the cath. and MRI on Jan. 24th. .
After speaking with the transplant team , we decided to put Teresa's status on hold for 7 days until we can reevaluate the condition of her lungs after the cath. on Thursday .
For a heart transplant to be successful it is very important that the pulmonary pressure is low and the lungs are functioning well. Teresa has always been considered high risk because although her pressure had come down slightly it was still high and her lungs were still damaged. Now the fear is the pressure has increased and this would cause a new heart to go into right sided heart failure . It is very difficult to live in right sided heart failure and have a good quality of life . This would be worse than her living with the broken heart she has now.
A heart transplant ( if successful and with out any heart failure) , would give Teresa ten years before she would need another heart transplant . (Ten years is the average life of a transplanted heart ) . If we do nothing and go on with the broken heart she now has , it is unknown. She could have one day or a few years.
Part of me wants to BELIEVE God has brought her this far, and she is such a fighter , that she will do just fine with a transplant . And then part of me is full of fear not knowing which way to turn . Do we give her quality of life or quantity ? From day one we have always wanted both . We have tried to fill everyday with the best quality of life for her and pray that God would give her quantity of life .
Still praying for a miracle !
(This is my favorite picture of Teresa . It was taken on her adoption day in China . She was sitting by the door holding her one and only possession , her panda bear , waiting for her family to come take her home . She BELIEVED we would come !)