Haven't been on in ages, here's an update on what's been going on in my life.
Hi ladies. I haven't been on in a while but I just thought I'd share what I have been up to. In September I had my son Pierson and everything was going great. He was growing great and developing great. He had a small heart murmur but the pediatrician wasn't too worried because usually murmurs close on their own. In March he got a really bad viral infection and had to be hospitalized. We were transfered to 3 different hospitals and we went to a Children's hospital where they did an echocardiogram which is an ultrasound of his heart and found that he had another heart condition called a PDA or patent ductus arteriosus. Basically when babies are in the womb this ductus stays open because it's neccessary for them to survive, once they are born it's supposed to close within a few days after birth. If it doesn't close it causes oxygen rich blood from the aorta to mix with oxygen poor blood from the pulmonary artery, which causes alot of strain on the heart and lungs. So because of this he had major breathing problems and was wheezing all the time, we had to get a nebulizer to help with his breathing as well as an inhaler. The cardiologist at the hospital wanted to do a surgery to close the PDA so we had to wait a month to make sure he was totally healed from his viral infection. He just had the surgery on Monday the 16th and everything went well! They did the whole surgery through catheters in his upper thigh and put a plug in the PDA to close it. We stayed overnight in the hospital Monday night and the next morning they did a chest x-ray, an EKG and another echo to make sure everything looked good. We were discharged on Tuesday afternoon and he has been doing great at home! He's breathing so much better and is not as fussy as he used to be. I am so thankful that this heart defect was found and corrected!!! I just wanted to share what has been going on.
Here is a picture of Pierson in recovery.
Here he is a few hours after his surgery smiling away.
Here he is getting his echo done after his surgery.
Here are the 2 scabs from the caths. one was for his main artery the other was for a vein. Amazing!!!