Light Hearted

by Leighann on June 15, 2009

On Monday we took our son to see the pediatric cardiologist for his six month follow up echo.

We were given the option this time to see our doctor at the Easter Seals building in a town that is half the distance.

They were running behind (of course), but I liked that it was a small, quiet building.

I came prepared with a pocket full of lollipops and the portable DVD player as I didn’t know how well my active two-year-old would sit still for the echo.

All that preparation was for naught. They had a large television mounted in the exam room. A Hercules DVD was playing and I asked if we could throw in our beloved Thomas. It only took him a minute to settle in and he laid there watching his show. The woman was able to do the entire echo without problems or distraction.

The cardiologist reviewed the echo and the notes from last time. He said that there is no change in the degree of stenosis of the valve. In fact he said the echo was almost identical to the previous. This is great news. It’s the best we could have hoped for.

At this point there are still no restrictions on his activity and because it doesn’t appear to be worsening, we can come back in one year.

So once again I can put his beating little heart out of my mind. His heart condition will fade back into the background of our lives.

And he can go on being a carefree, active, daring little boy.

One Thomas DVD.
No lollipops.
One relieved mom.

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1 Peter August 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

LIke your child, I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. I lived an active, normal life which included strenuous athletics and no limits to hard physical activity. When I turned 52, irregular heartbeats began, and 2 years later my aortic valve was replaced, which was 6 months ago. I haven’t felt this good in long time and back to an active life.

Each heart is different, but I hope this helps. There are far worse things in life than this.

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