5/1/2007 – AWESOME NEWS!

Today we received the best news of our lives!

Hannah had another cardiologist appointment today.  First of all, she has gained 5 ounces!  I could tell that she had “chunked out” a little bit even since Friday when Lori took her to Beaumont.  Originally her cardiologist was just going to increase the dosages of some of her medications and send us home with another Holter monitor.  After Lori expressed her disappointment with the Holter, he decided to do another ECHO to see what her heart was doing.

Hannah’s shortening fraction was measured at 25%!!!!!  THIS IS IN THE NORMAL RANGE!!!!!  (Normal shortening fraction is between 23% and 44%.)  Her entire heart is contracting exactly the way it should be, with every part moving!  Everyone in that office was screaming with excitement!  God continues to amaze us!  He is so faithful!  We knew there was a reason that we were back in the hospital in March, when Hannah was diagnosed with AET (ectopic atrial tachycardia).  We prayed and prayed that God would use the arrhythmia to help the doctors know how to treat her better, and that after the AET was under control she would get better FASTER.  That is EXACTLY what has begun to happen!

Her cardiologist said that improved heart function with improved rhythm control suggests that the AET caused the dilated cardiomyopathy in the first place.  This coincides with the biopsy results from Ochsner, but there are still some unknowns.  For instance, at Ochsner, they never saw any signs of arrhythmia in her EKG’s.

But you know what?  None of the “unknowns” matter.  What matters is what we DO know — that GOD is in control!  We give Him all the praise and glory for continuing to heal Hannah’s heart!  He continues to guide us and walk with us every step of this journey.  We know that ONE DAY, Hannah will not be on ANY medication, and HER HEART WILL BE COMPLETELY HEALED!  Please continue to pray for Hannah, praising God for what He has already done, and claiming that victory that we know has already been won!  This race isn’t over, but we’re much closer to the finish line!

This is BY FAR the best day of our lives (SO FAR)!!!

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