Carlos has been doing well...except for his fluid retention. His weight contains to creep up and up - and it's not from eating. Just to give you an idea.....
1/31/12 Admit to all the drama - 235
2/28/12 Discharge from Hospital after LVAD placement - 180.1
3/12/12 Discharge from hospital after GI bleed - 173.5
4/16/12 Discharge from hospital after f/u colonoscopy - 178.4
Just in case you aren't good at math - that's 32 pounds. Now, granted, some of that comes from regaining muscle mass and he was dehydrated in the 170's. But I've seen this before twice. He goes into the hospital and comes out a week later weighing 30-40 pounds less. And he wasn't wasting away in bed on a ventilator for either of those two previous big hospitalizations. He gains that fluid gradually over a long period of time....only not so long this time around. They aren't concerned about it at the Mayo though, as long as he doesn't have any symptoms. I figure, once he hits 230-240, he'll become symptomatic (coughing, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite) and then get admitted. Problem is, he doesn't want to be admitted for anything less than a transplant.