Sunday, May 30, 2010

The BIG heart check up

The appt. started out fun playing with the train table...Having fun before the echo with her rubber glove balloon! (Great idea Sandy)Screaming through the whole echo! I felt so bad...Get these wires off of me!! Look at that ticked off face!Cool stethoscope Dr. C!Dr. C loving my Madison!
Madison had her annual heart check-up and it went pretty well. She screamed through the echo and EKG but she didn't move. She was so freaked out that she didn't move, which was good. But I know it was still really hard for the echo tech to do his job with her screaming for the full 30 minute echo!! I kept saying sorry and he said not to worry because she was the best one of the day! Dr. C came in after reviewing the images and said her heart looked GREAT! I was so relieved! She said everything is looking as it should. Her pulmonary veins were a little small like they were last year but they ARE growing. Last year at her appointment her PV was barely even leaking but this time it was leaking a little bit more. Last year Dr. C didn't think she would ever need another surgery but has changed her mind this year. Madison will need a PVR (Pulmonary Valve Replacement) in her teens. This is pretty standard for TOF kids, so it was not a shock. BUT her heart looked good and the great news is.....we don't need another check until she is 3!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING! We are very happy!
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful Pediatric Cardiologist....Dr. C is the best doctor EVER! She is so caring and loving. She lets Madison sit on her lap and play with her chart. She always hugs on her and makes Madison feel so comfortable. She is so smart and I completely trust her. Her entire staff is amazing! They try SO hard to make the kids feel as comfortable and happy as possible. My mom got her a mug from Hallmark that said "Taking care of hearts is my business", so I gave that to her at our appointment. She loved it! (Good idea for all you hearts moms to give to your PC's)
A BIG THANK YOU to my mother-in-law, Sandy for coming with me to this appointment. I was beside myself nervous about it and she made me feel better. She is a nurse in the cath lab and she is very knowledgeable when it comes to the heart. It is a relief to have her with us! I love you Sandy!! Thanks!


The Carters said...

So glad to hear everything went well! :)

Stefenie said...

I am so glad that things went well at her appointment. I am sorry to hear that she will need another surgery though. That is always a bummer. Hopefully it will be a long time from now before that will be needed.

Amanda (Trista's Mom) said...

YAY! I'm so glad everything went well. God is so good! I hear ya - it's never easy hearing them say she will probably need another surgery down the road, but thank goodness she's doing great today!

What does her little shirt say? It's super cute!

ShannonLeideker said...

Amanda, It says "I'm a survivor", I have one that says "my child is a survivor". This is where you can get them

Tiffany Lockette said...

Yay! I'm so happy for such a great report. Another surgery is a bummer but at least it isn't until she gets in her teens. If time would slow down, that would seem like such a long time away but time is moving waaayyyy to fast!! Hugs to all of you and happy to hear good report.