I'm playing with the dates a little since we didn't actually leave the house on the 12th. This picture is from the 13th.
Out and About...
At the Pediatric Cardiologist.
Last month we learned that Squishy has a complete AV canal defect. There is a hole in her heart between the lower chambers. There is a hole in her heart between the upper chambers. And instead of having two heart valves? Squishy decided it would be more economical to go with one. All this excitement means Squishy will require surgery. Open heart surgery.
I don't know if I have ever heard more terrifying words.
The bright side is the cardiologist told us we were the best case scenario for what is a poor diagnosis. Instead of requiring immediate surgery he felt confident we could push the surgery back until this summer when Squishy and her heart would be bigger and better able to handle the procedure.
We had a follow up exam on the 13th, to continue monitoring the situation, complete with an ekg, and an echocardiogram.
The news is even better this month. Her heart is doing amazing things. The cardiologist was so excited he took us to a room so we could see the ultrasound and understand exactly what was going on inside her chest. The hole between her lower chambers had an extra flap of skin around it last month. This month the flap of skin has turned into a funnel shape, channeling the large hole down to a tiny pin prick. It would take a single stitch to close. If this were her only issue she wouldn't even need surgery. Her one heart valve? Her one valve is bent and functioning as two separate valves. There is minimal leakage. He said the amount of leakage we are seeing is what they would expect to see AFTER a successful repair. Go Squishy. She still has a medium size hole in her upper chambers, which will require surgery. Surgery that they anticipate needing when she is two or three years old.
The cardiologist had never seen a heart do so well before.
I was so happy I could have kissed our cardiologist. He was so happy I think he would have let me kiss him. Celebrations were definitely in order.
It was all good news.
It was a good day.
A very good day.