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Giant Leap Forward

LIVE from Charlotte, It’s Wednesday Morning! *insert jazz music*

So, this is a good news / bad news thing. My right heart cath went really well yesterday. Yay!  But, they admitted me to the hospital. Boo! Apparently, really low cardiac index is frowned upon in this establishment. Before you start Googling that let me explain… the right heart catheterization was to measure more directly how well my heart is working as a pump. My numbers were pretty bad and they whisked me off to cardiac ICU. Most likely they will keep me here until they can find a suitable heart for transplant. Right now I have several IV medications and lines going with lots of beeping monitors.  

Obviously being in ICU for weeks will not be fun but I would not move up on the transplant list until I was sick enough to be in ICU. Surprise! We’re here! We’ve pretty much been told that people who are waiting at home don’t get hearts. What they measured yesterday will move me up on the list.

For now, they are restricting my visitors and maybe somewhere down the road that will change once my body adjusts to all that is happening. But for now, blog comments and messages are the way to go.

❤️ Elise


Sep 24, 2022

Sending lots of prayers and love.


Sep 23, 2022


I had no idea what you have been going through. I know that you are in the best care now and I am sending all the positivity to you. I want you to never forget that I promised we would get another chance to work together in the theatre again. I look forward to that day soon.

Your friend,



Sep 22, 2022

Dear Elise, Thank you for explaining your situation so clearly--us plant people need lots of clarity on things like this! You know that we and all your FPC Newton family are out here pulling for you to get that heart as soon as possible! We send you all the prayers and blessings we can, and we wish for you continued optimism as you face all those lines and wires and pills! We're thankful that you're in the place you're in, and that you have your Mom and Josh and other family with you.

Love, Karen (and Gary too).


Sep 19, 2022

Wow! Quick changes that we pray will prove to be for the better. Keeping you,Josh, Karyn and Samantha as well as all your extended family in our prayers. You are a very brave woman, and God is with you in this journey. We love you!


Sep 16, 2022

Wow, not the news we were expecting, but it does sound like a leap forward in the long run. Praying for strength, courage, and the peace that passes understanding. Sending love to you and all your family.

Mimi and Doug

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