Monday, November 22, 2010

Cardiology Update

Today I took Owen to see his cardiologist. After a chest x-ray, EKG, and ECHO, the verdict was in: Owen's heart looks great! We're obviously very happy with this outcome, but it's not quite that cut-and-dried yet...

Even though Owen's heart function looks great, and he's pinker than ever, his sats are still only 75%-ish. Not what we had hoped for or expected, and not good. I spoke with the surgeon about this today, and he said that Owen's x-ray actually still shows some shadows, indicating that Owen still hasn't fully recovered from his post-surgical infection. So what does this mean? For now, it means that we continue our current drug regimen, and give him more time to heal. We go back to the cardiologist in 1 month, have another chest x-ray, and possibly change things up then.

In the longer term, it means that Owen's fenestration may have to be closed soon. This involves a cath and overnight hospital stay. In our world, this is soooo not a big deal. Weird to say that, when many parents freak out over their little ones getting ear tubes! =) The fenestration closure is something that's on the table, and I'm sure we'll revisit it at the next appointment.

In all, it was a good visit. I was hoping to get rid of some of these post-op meds, but it will just have to wait a little longer. At least Owen only has to have the penicillin for 2 more days - it's wreaking havoc on his poor little digestive system! =(


  1. Hi! thank you so much for your comment on my blog. I appreciate it! Were you at St. V's? We will be coming down to Indy on the 4th and headed to the children's museum that day. If you are able, we would love for you to join us! There will be a few blog readers there that we will be meeting for the first time that weekend!

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words and your love for us.

    Much love to you,


  2. You are so very welcome; I just couldn't read about that and not contact you. Yes, we were at St. V's. Owen was born there, and has always been treated there. The doctors and nurses have always been wonderful to Owen. I wouldn't take him anywhere else.

    Thank you so much for inviting us on the 4th; we love the Children's Museum and I would love to meet you! However, I am about 37 weeks pregnant and having a super tough time getting around. But please think of us if you're back down this way in the future.

    I will continue to pray for you and your family.