Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
On Tuesday, I had an appointment with a Dr. in Dallas for a level 2 sonogram at the recommendation of my OBGYN. At my previous appointment with her, she noticed an abnormal heartbeat while listening to the baby. So, she thought, just to be on the safe side, I get a more in depth sonogram done. She assured me that she didn't think it was anything serious but wanted to be cautious. So, we went to our appointment, thinking that they are just going to confirm what the OBGYN heard, and that it wouldn't be a big deal. Well, it turns out the heartbeat sounded normal, but when looking at the heart he noticed what he thought was a heart defect. He couldn't give us a ton of information since that isn't his expertise, so he referred us to a pediatric cardiologist at Medical City and made us an appointment for today.
So today, I had a fetal echo done on the baby (a very fancy sonogram). The doctor found 3 areas of concern on the baby's heart. The first is a "moderate to large" hole on the inner wall that separates the left and right ventricles. (Called a ventricular septal defect or VSD). The other concerns are that the right ventricle looks to be “slightly smaller” than the left and a valve on the same side has a “moderate” leak. I won’t spell out all the potential ramifications, concerns, etc. but the bottom line (with all 3 concerns) is that they each have about a 50/50 chance of improving/worsening. The good news is that none of these issues are having an affect on the baby’s development in the womb. So praise God for that.
We go back to the same doctor to check the progress in one month. The hope is that all three areas have improved. If they are the same and/or worse, the baby will probably need serious care and or surgery after birth. We ask that you pray that the strength of her heart will improve, that hole will close up and the leak will stop.
Thanks for your prayers and I will keep you updated!
Posted by Allison at 9:31 PM