Meeting with the Cardiologist

Just got back from our second visit with the cardiologist. He was satisfied with Veronica’s weight gain which is very reassuring to me, as I spend about 4 hours a day feeding her. As long as she continues in the 25th percentile and doesn’t drop, we do not need to supplement her feedings. Her VSD remains the same so she will be going on captopril to try to convince the blood to stop flowing through the hole and to instead go the right way into the body.

Regarding surgery, we are looking at some point this year but as late as possible. If it looked like her hole was going to get better on its own and she could wait a few years it would be a different story but in her case he does not believe it is going to get better. So she is starting on the medicine to see if it will do anything and we’ll just let things go for a few months at which point we will then look at setting a date for surgery. The more months that we can wait, the more mature her brain will be and she will be at less risk when going on the heart-lung machine.

In summation, she’ll be going on medicine now and we’ll be visiting the cardiologist once a month to keep on top of how she is doing. A few months from now we’ll look at making surgery a reality and decide when she will be the most physically mature and capable of handling it.

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8 Responses to “Meeting with the Cardiologist”


  1. 1 stacy February 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    thank you so much for the update. I hope that this visit helped to reassure you a bit and I’m glad to hear she is at a good weight. Please give V a big hug from me. I can’t wait to meet her next week.

  2. 2 ckuretich February 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    oh man. the waiting is gonna be tough, but at the same time she’s sort of in the same boat as Dave – waiting might actually HELP her cause in the end, and make surgery easier, if the hole starts healing a little. I’m definitely glad all your hard work is not in vain – you are such a good mom. Veej is so lucky!!!!!

  3. 3 Tom Turner February 28, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Chris, Rebekah and VJ…

    You guys are so lucky to all have each other. Problems? This too shall pass.

    The updates are great. She is such a little beauty. I really look forward to hitting your blog ass soon as I get home every night. It is the bright spot in my day. Please keep up your blogging and keep those pictures coming.

    Tom

  4. 4 Tom Turner February 28, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Oops. I mean “as”.

  5. 5 John Jr. February 29, 2008 at 9:21 am

    “hitting your blog ass”! Yea, I’m going to be using that phrase for quite awhile. Thanks Mr. T!

    Love,

    Jr.

  6. 6 Sarah Hedden February 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

    R~ Thank you for blogging. VJ is very lucky to have you both. Keep eating girl. We will send moon pies if needed. =) Can’t wait to see her. Kisses from TN!

  7. 7 Mad February 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

    So good to hear that V. is staying on her weight curve. Go Rebekah – you are doing a great job of feeding that girl. It sounds like you’re in good hands and have a good plan on the heart condition. We’re following along and cheering for all three of you.
    – Mad, Steve & Milo

  8. 8 looperlatte February 29, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    To you three sweeties, especially the littlest one:
    Christin has told me of your blog and now I can check it every day. I’m so happy for you. God has blessed you with such a beautiful princess! (Princess V) She is just gorgeous! I hope to see her in person someday. I’m afraid the presents I bought for the shower we never had will be too small now so I’ll send something as soon as I can. Thank you for this blog so that all the people who love you may keep up with the goings-on of the Turner Family. Our love to all. XO


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