Monday, September 27, 2010
Six Month Reprieve
Connie saw Dr. Bromberg today. He was very impressed to hear all about how wonderfully Connie's doing at school and his overall approach to life. He says that when kids are doing well heart-wise you will see them make this kind of progress and it helps to reassure you that they are doing well on the inside too. His blood pressure was normal, good heart rate and left ventricle function looked great. On the echo, his gradient was a little worse than on previous films. His heart has grown (and so has he! He's now 34.7 lbs and 39 inches) and obviously the conduit has not. It will need to be replaced at some point and we knew this. We were hoping it would be in about 5 more years or so but he estimates it will be more like within 1-3 more. We were really praying that he could hold out with this one until he was big enough to handle and adult-sized one and that may mean it would be the last open heart surgery he'd ever need. Dr. Bromberg says that still might happen and would definitely be optimal. We go back in six more months to look things over again and see if there's any difference. Right now he's asymptomatic and so there's no rush. He feels Dr. Bove would say with the LV function looking as good as it is and him not showing any exercise intolerance at this point, that we should just sit tight. So, that's what we do! Now we have this behind us and can enjoy the fall, the holidays and just being a little more normal. Thank you, Lord for hearing our prayers and continuing to bless our boy with good heart health. We are trying our hardest to make sure he knows you and knows that your love for him is more than our love for him could ever be. Amen.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 11:00 PM