Friday, December 12, 2008

December 12, 2008

Just returned from the pediatric cardiologist and everything went great. Ben was a real trouper and did everything asked of him. They had Curious George on a small TV mounted up high so he was able to watch that while they did their thing. After that, we went to another room where he had his blood pressure taken and then they did an EKG. I forgot that they do that so I did not warn him ahead of time so he was a bit disappointed about having to do something again but he did it without complaint and I read a book to him while they did that. I also told him we would go for ice cream on the way home, which made him happier.

The doctor said that he still has a tiny whole in his heart. It is only about 2mm in diameter so it is very tiny. She said it is smaller than it was two years ago. We have to go back in two years and do it all again and we are hoping it will be gone. The tiny hole should not impact him at all while he is young but when he is older it could make it more likely for him to have a stroke. She said if that happened, they would fix the hole at that time but it did not need to be fixed while he is young.

In other news, I have another cold, which is a real bummer. Off to fix dinner now.


Jana H said...

I'm so glad the whole in B's heart is getting smaller. I'll be praying for your cold. That's no fun. I can't wait to see you in a few weeks.

Jamie said...

That is definitely good news about Ben.

We missed you guys at church today. Sorry you have a cold.

Tonya said...

wow. I had some catching up to do. I didn't leave a comment on every post (obviously) but it sounds like your boys are more darling than ever!:). I am glad B's hole is closing. That is great.

While I was reading, I thought of something your boys might like at bedtime. I don't know if you do music in their rooms or anything, but since one of them was saying lines from Bible stories, I thought you might like the cheesy(ish) CD sets we picked up from They are audio drama versions of many bible stories and our kids listen to them every night. I can hear one coming from upstairs right now, in fact. It gives them something constructive to do while they fall asleep. B and N may still be a little bit young for these particular stories, but they seem advanced for their age, so who knows. I am sure there are toddler versions of audio stories out there to be found. Anyway, I thought I'd mention it since it might distract them enough help them nod off without you being there. For some reason, stories tend to do a better job than music alone, I think because they have to concentrate on the words.

Lea said...

Thanks for the idea Tonya. That sounds like a great idea. It's certainly worth a try.

MMrussianadoption said...

Olivia has a hole in her heart. the doctor never told us about possible stroke. he just said her only restriction is no deep sea water diving. could get the bens. hopefully hers will fully close in 2 years too. hers was smaller too.