Friday, June 19, 2009

Matters of the Heart

Today we went back to the cardiologist for a check-up. This was our 3rd visit in 4 weeks and I'm beginning to think they just like to see us over there!

This appointment went better than the other two in that we didn't get any bad news. It was also much shorter than the previous ones, which is always nice! The only test Ethan had today was an EKG to check out his heart rate. Dr. Idriss is still a little concerned about Ethan's seemingly high rate and is trying to figure out why this may be happening. It could be that he just has a naturally high rate, but we don't want to miss any potential problems, either!

It's expected that Ethan's heart function is still pretty crappy. We don't know this for sure since an echo wasn't performed, so we'll get a better idea about that when we go back in 2 weeks. Please, please, please continue to pray for the restoration of his heart. We have a very long road ahead of us still and covet each and every prayer that is being sent up on Ethan's behalf!

Dr. Idriss was very pleased, if not somewhat surprised, that Ethan is growing so well. The thought is that a baby with such poor heart function would be burning calories just by the heart having to work so hard. However, that's not the case with Ethan. His growth charts look AMAZING, even though he is still small for his age (less than 5th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference). BUT, he continues to trend upward and that's exactly what we want to see. He was 11 pounds today, by the way; my ity bity baby is turning into quite the chunky monkey!

So, overall it was a good appointment. By far, the best part of the day was spending time with Casey, one of Ethan's INCREDIBLE nurses from the PCICU. She played such a huge role in our lives during the 9 1/2 weeks we spent at Duke and we couldn't thank her (and the rest of the staff) enough for what they did in helping to save our son's life.

Thank you for your continued prayers, well wishes, encouragement, and support. Thank you for walking along this journey with us, taking the good with the bad, and loving us through it all!


ackmom said...

Way to go! Ethan is now where Addison started at (11lbs) So I know about chuncky monkeys- I have no clue on the little ones. I still want to come see you and Ethan. He looks so happy in the pictures!

Janet Fuller said...

A wonderful report. Praise God!

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