Up before light this morning for my TCD (transcranial doppler) which was a lot like the bubble echocardiogram. I had an IV put in, a weird contraption strapped to my head, and ultrasound-goo under some kind of doppler sensors on the sides of my head. The tech sent agitated saline solution (salt water, basically) through the IV and we watched what was going through that hole in my heart and reaching my brain. There was a noticable amount at resting, and a hugeamondo “uncountable” amount of bubbles during the Valsalva maneuver (when I’m bearing down). The picture of the doppler screen was taken just after I was hooked up so it doesn’t show anything fun.
They grade these things on a scale of 1 – 5, 5 being the ‘worst’ to see whether or not you’re a good candidate PFO closure. The tech said it was most definitely a 5, which sounds like it is probably a good sized hole. He also said, “Yeah, they’re going to want to fix that.”
I felt horribly dizzy during the Valsalva maneuver, and still feel ‘off,’ but we’re home now and are just waiting to hear from the doctor so we can plan the next step. I’m not sure if he’ll still want me to swallow the tiny camera or if we’ll be able to just go ahead with the procedure to close the hole. I think he’s in surgery this morning so I might have to wait until tomorrow to find out what’s next.
Well, that’s the scoop! I’m going to get some work done while I’ve got the energy to do so.