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Marilee J. Layman

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03:56 pm: The Heart: Good, Bad, and Ugly
I was awakened by a call from the nurse-practitioner that supervised the stress test and she said my heart "has no blockages and is good and strong." However, the test I got results for yesterday, the BNP, was 177, which is apparently indicative of heart failure. I'm not making much sense of this myself, so I made an appointment with my primary doctor for Thursday. There is a note in that wikipedia article that it can also indicate renal failure, so I suppose it could be that.

And the Ugly: I mentioned a while back that black pastors from outside DC were trying to put up a referendum in DC to keep DC from recognizing same sex marriages from the states. Well, the guy in charge is now sharing an apartment in DC, has registered to vote there, and has a DC drivers license. Surely that can't count.

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From:writingortyping
Date:June 26th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Yow. I know I haven't been in touch much, but if you want/need any help, please let me know. We don't have a home phone anymore, but I think you have my cell. If you don't, send me an e-mail.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 27th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I do have your cell number -- I only have a cell phone, too.
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From:gerisullivan
Date:June 27th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
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Good luck!
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 27th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:firecat
Date:June 27th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
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The Wikipedia link says "There is a diagnostic 'gray area', often defined as between 100 and 500 pg/mL, for which the test is considered inconclusive."
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 27th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and in the on-Kaiser-website info, it lists 100-300 as possible heart failure plus the possible renal disease. We know I have renal disease and it got a lot worse when I had to start the prednisone for my brain, so it could just be that. I emailed the nephrologist, but too late for her to read before Monday.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 28th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
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That is kind of mixed news. Hopefully, your primary doctor can help you figure out what's going on. But I'd think that the results of the stress test indicate something good.
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From:mjlayman
Date:June 28th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and I still don't know why I'm so short of breath, which is how I got the chest x-ray and then the orders for the BNP and the stress test.
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