"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fetal Echo

Conway's new baby sister got her heart checked out on 12/27. We are breathing a sigh of relief because we were told she definitely doesn't have anything like what Conway has or any other complex heart issues. She has all 4 chambers, her great arteries are normally aligned, there is no fluid around the heart and her heart rate is normal. However, he couldn't totally rule out a Ventricular Septal Defect, or VSD. Because of the way she was laying, her spine was casting a shadow on her heart and the septum was not totally visible. He's not saying she definitely has one, but he can't say she doesn't either. Best case scenario is it is nothing. Worst case scenario is that she has a 2-3 mm hole in her heart between the bottom two chambers (For comparison's sake, Conway's was 8-10 mm and wasn't his biggest problem!). It could close on its own before birth, after birth or never. We'll just have to wait and see when she's born. That's when we'll have an echo done directly on her rather than trying to view her heart through my abdominal wall, uterine wall and her chest wall. Honestly, we aren't worried in the least. It is in God's hands and we are confident she won't need medical intervention immediately anyway. If she does end up needing surgery or a procedure, we have a fairly decent knowledge base now and know what to do and how to navigate the world of CHD. Christmas has been wonderful and we have had several fun, family celebrations. I promise we'll post some pics soon!