Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A Ton of Bricks
I had a hard time making the decision to simply send out an email to our friends and family or write a blog post about our morning yesterday. But after thinking about it and seeking advice from friends, family, and a veteran blogger I respect and admire, I have decided to share it.
I am praying that only good will come from it. Support from family, friends, and moms in the same situation. As well as more prayers, and more love coming our direction.
Q-Tip had her 18 month check-up yesterday. Yes...we are a couple months behind. I wasn't too concerned about getting her in the day she turned 18 months old. She looks fine, she acts fine, developmentally she is great...etc.
My main concerns were about her recent ear infections and starting swimming lessons...things of that nature. But not really anything major.
Her weight and height are great. Developmentally she is above and beyond her age group. And as far as her ears go...she does have some problems with fluid but the doctor doesn't want to talk about tubes yet. So...all in all everything is fine and dandy...except one thing.
The doctor found a heart murmur in Q-Tip's heart today.
I really don't want to overly dramatize things but I can't act like this is no big deal either. So needless to say...yesterday morning...Farm Boy and I felt like we had been hit with a ton of bricks.
The doctor said that it is more than likely a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). A VSD is a hole in the wall between the right and left ventricles of the heart. He said if it is a small VSD it will more than likely close on it's own as she grows. However, he wanted us to make an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist. Her appointment is a July 21st.
I wondered how it could be that they are just now finding it. Apparently it has a lot to do with body size, body fat percentage, and simply her age. The younger a person is the faster the heart beats making it harder to detect other noises. She has also had a bit of a growth spurt lately and has grown taller causing her body fat percentage to go down.
Her pediatrician is not concerned and told us not to be...YEAH RIGHT. But we are working on it. He said she has no restrictions and can do whatever she wants to do. And that is what we are going to do...carry on with life.
We are working hard to not dwell on the negative or worry about things we don't know. There is no benefit to that for her or us. So we have made the decision not to do it.
But with that...we are praying our hiney's off that this was all a fluke thing and the cardiologist will find her little heart to be 100% normal. And we appreciate your prayers as well.
Much love to you all and thank you for your love, prayers, and support!
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