Mayo clinic is quite a place. One might call it an assembly line given how efficient the process is, however, that would not do it justice since everyone is so nice and personable. The facilities are beautiful. The day began at 6:30 AM in the lab and then the ECG followed. Four men or women at a time a called up and sent to gender specific hallways where you remove your shirt and wait in a cubicle made of fine cherry wood. Then you all cross the hall as you would at Disneyland to get on a virtual reality ride. The test is done, efficiently, and you move on to the next station on your pre-printed agenda; Chest X-Ray, Exercise tolerance O2 consumption test, Echocardiogram, back to the lab and then back to X-ray.
This morning, we did meet with Dr Clavell, the transplant surgeon to discuss my options. He is very nice. He described a week more of work-up (the itinerary is exhausting) and then my case will be presented at their committee to decide if I have a heart transplant first or begin with a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant.
Being a patient here is like a full-time job.