So Mayo calls Carlos to tell him.....wait for it.....wait for it.....
"You're retaining fluid".
*gasp* We would have never known this if they hadn't told us. Geez. Current weight is 231. They said his labs were indicating fluid retention. Carlos is approaching the previous weight where decompensation began the last two times (245). I've told them, you'll think he's fine and then all of sudden he won't be. Grumble. Can't go out of work yet so I need him to not have any misbehavior.
Otherwise, all is well in LVAD world. There are trialing a new dressing that will only be changed every 2-3 days and its smaller and neater. I'm very excited about that.
Thoratec is also coming out with new equipment that is smaller and lighter. We expect to see that sometime in the first part of the new year. Currently, the equipment is something like an extra 5-7 pounds I think.
Carlos will be having his 1 year vadaversary in February. Crazy how much he and all of us have gone through. People ask how Carlos is doing and my response is 'great! '