Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Upcoming Cardiology Visit

Hey y'all! A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that Ethan would be going to see the cardiologist this week. His appointment is on Thursday and, as usual, I'm feeling the "pre-game jitters". I have a few specific things that I would like to ask y'all to pray for:

-Cooperation. Ethan is turning into quite the opinionated little boy these days. If it's not his idea to have his diaper changed, or to close the pantry door, a full-on temper tantrum emerges. I'm talking throwing himself on the ground and flailing around like a fish out of water! Because of that, I have horrible, horrible images in my mind of him on that echo table. He's not the least bit afraid of the exam rooms or staff, but he does.not.want to be held down. Period. The echo is probably the most important part of Thursday's visit. His heart has not been looked at in over four months, so his cooperation is greatly needed in order to get some vital information!

-Echo results. Assuming Dr. I can get a good look at Ethan's heart, I would like for you to pray specifically for the pressure in his heart where the conduit meets the pulmonary artery. This is the number that will, most likely, determine Ethan's next heart surgery. Back in September, the pressure was measuring 55-60 mmHG. Pray that this number has not gone above 60. Also, pray that his ventricles still show a nice, strong squeeze!

-Weight Gain. At last check, Ethan's weight was headed in the right direction! On January 3rd, Ethan weighed in at 11.25 kg (24 pounds, 12 ounces); this was up from 24 pounds on December 6th. When Ethan is weighed on Thursday, pray that he will weigh between 11.4 and 11.6 kg (25-25.5 pounds).

Got it? Cooperation during the tests, conduit pressure less than 60 mmHG, excellent heart function, and a weight of at least 25 pounds. Is that too much to ask? I certainly don't think so...

"The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."
-Zephaniah 3:17

And, just because it has been a while since I've been able to put pictures with my posts, here you go!


Stefenie said...

Saying lots of prayers for you guys Joye!!

Gotta love those temper tantrums!! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Ethan is always on the top of my prayer list. :)

I will pray for less than 60, great heart function and weight gain to 25 pounds.

Love always, Grandma A.

PS, loooooovvvvvvveee the pic's.

Jen Foster said...

In the echo-cooperation department, we've found food to be a big help. Small food that takes a long time to eat is good - stale, chewy raisins are great for this! :-)

We'll be sending lots of prayers your way.

Amanda said...

We have been praying, and now will continue to pray for these specific things. Love you guys! We serve a mighty God.

Misty Blake said...

Hi Joye,

You have the cutest little boy and we will definitely be praying that everything goes well on Thursday. Everyone here sends their hello and best wishes!

Love the Blake Family

Jenny Lincoln said...

I could have written this exact post! We also have a cardio visit on Thursday and I also have "pre game jitters"(I love that :) ) Praying for a great visit for Ethan!

Gilda said...

Sending lots of prayers for all to go smooth on your visit. I love the pictures so adorable!

Kim Smith said...

You guys are in my prayers, Joye! I just prayed specifically for all of these things and will continue to do so. We love you all.

Tara said...

Prayers for you! Sounds very similar to what my exact prayers are before Liam's appointments! Weight gain, cooperation and pressures - Check! Hugs!

Mandy said...

praying for you, Jeramie, and ethan tomorrow.

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