Monday, January 24, 2011

Broken Heart

A few months ago I brought along my girls to the doctor for an appointment.  It was a new doctor (a wonderful one, btw).  It was so random that I even scheduled the older girls.  He just had an opening at the same time as Sweet Pea's two month check-up and it had been awhile.

When Daisy was up on the table, I instantly knew something was up.  He was listening to her heart... a lot. He closed his eyes and concentrated really hard.

You know that feeling, right?  You can see it in their eyes.  They are going to tell you something you don't want to hear.  You instantly wonder what exactly you need to do to prepare yourself before he tells you...

What he told me was that he heard a murmur in Daisy's heart.   That it meant there was probably a hole between the chambers and that she would need to have an ultrasound to make sure.

It was so confusing and not something we had ever suspected.  She was 11!  Shouldn't they have found it before?  In fact, I was so surprised, I honestly thought it must be mistake.

It wasn't.

The ultrasound tech at the hospital kept asking questions about when she exercised, did she get sick a lot...

The doctor called us the next day and gave us the diagnosis of ASD.  It is not often found until children are older.  Usually younger than Daisy, though.  I won't try to explain it all, as it is still confusing to me. Basically she has a hole between the two top chambers of her heart.   But you can read more about it here: Atrial Septal Defect.

Tomorrow Daisy will have to go back in again to have tests done by specialists from the children's hospital in our state.  They need to see if surgery is necessary or if they should wait.  I wasn't sure I wanted to share this here, but I suppose I long for your prayers for my not so little girl.

Please keep her in your prayers tomorrow as she undergoes her tests.

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