so it is with a measure of relief that i report the cardiologist as saying, "she's doing fine. there is a 30-40% blockage in the front artery of her heart which we will continue to manage medically. she doesn't need a stent at this point. we'll see her again in a year."
it's always a good thing when the doctor asks you to see him again in a year. that means he expects the patient to still be alive a year from now.
so everything is great, with the possible exception of still not knowing what is causing her chest pain. at least we are fairly sure, now, it's not her heart that's causing the pain-- and that's a good thing.
the answer to the rest of that equation is waiting in the wings.
more when i know it, until then... io