Friday, December 5, 2008

All About Hearts.....


O.K. to change direction drastically (and move to the center of the body), we did screening EKGs on the three youngest kids last week. Two came back 'normal', and one came back w/ an abnormality. What does that mean? I don't know, but I'd sure like to. All my pediatrician said was that there was some indication of an enlarged right atria, but it could be nothing. But- based on the family history he recomends following up w/ the pediatric cardiologist. So, I did, but they initially said we couldn't be seen until late January. Which means being in limbo on my child's heart until then, because it's 'probably nothing'. If I had a dollar for everytime I've been told my kids issues are 'probably nothing', I'd be very wealthy. Of course those were all ear issues, this is something I know very little about.

Anyway- I called the ped. cariologists office back and told them that in light of my husband's recent cardiac arrest, and the fact that my child is telling me her heart is bugging her when she runs, they needed to see her soon than January. So, we go next Wednesday. Hopefully, there is nothing going on at all (but a slightly paranoid mom), but better to be safe than sorry. I'm going to have to become an expert on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at this point. I'm hoping we'll beat the genetic odds the *opposite* way this time (since we're alreay four for four on a recessive gene :)

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Hi,
Guess who found your blog!
Well I can sure help you with becoming an expert in HCM.
Take Care,
Lisa

Loudest Mom said...

Hi Lisa-

Thank you so much for the phone call (and loads of information earlier). I have already called the genetics lab, and we're moving ahead asap!

I'm sure I will have plenty more questions for you :) Have a wonderful weekend,
Melissa

leahlefler said...

Oh, goodness! You have more than full plate. Thank goodness for the screening, though- if she does turn out to have HCM then at least you've identified it and can be proactive about it. Hopefully they can get you in a little earlier than January!

Thinking of you guys.

deafgirlmelissa said...

i really hope your child's heart issue is really nothing at all, you and your family have gone through a lot


thinking of you and your family and keeping my fingers crossed

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