Friday, April 18, 2008

Andrew's Heart Specialist Appointment

This morning was Andrew's appointment with the heart specialist. We left as soon as Hunter got on the bus an we made the 1 1/2 hour trip. This doctor is located in Louisville KY but makes the trip once a month across the state for children in this area. We really don't know alot about everything yet. He had his chest x-ray earlier in the week and it was fine. Today he had an EKG, and an ultrasound of the heart. Andrew will have to wear an Event Recorder at least for the next 30 days. The doctor said he may need it for 60 days but we will start with 30. So he will have to wear this 24 hours a day for 30 days. When his heart starts acting up he is to push a button and it will record the activity then it is called in to Life Watch. My brother has the same problem that Andrew does and he has to take medication the rest of his life. But this doctor told me today that this problem can be fixed now days. I told him we would just wait and discuss all of this after we get the results back. When you start surgically messing with the heart or brain, it scares me. His heart will speed up extremely fast with chest pain, dizziness, and weakness. Than after a little while all goes back to normal. The doctor said hopefully, we can get this taken care of before it does any major wear on his heart. He is only 15 so I really want something done now before it gets worse. Oh, the Event Recorder will be delivered by UPS in about a week.

Here is a photo of him this morning as we went through the drive thru at Burger King. He did not want his photo taken.

And here is a cute little photo of him getting his ultrasound. When she put the gel on the end of it and stuck it to his chest she said "Oh, it's a GIRL!!!" He was so embarrassed! He will kill me for putting this photo on here.
As we left the clinic we drove by the park. This photo doesn't show up very well buth there are tons of flowers growing there. It was so pretty.
Here are some fabrics that I purchased today. I bought 1/2 yard of each. I will just throw them in with my stash for something new.
And last but not least, here is a little fleece throw that I embroidered for Chantal's little poodle puppy, Zoey! Chantal treats here like a baby and she loves fleece throws and tries to drag the around so I made this one smaller so she can handle it better.
About all for now, probably won't get alot done tonight. I am so tired and I still need to plant some tomatoes.


Amelia said...

What a day...I bet your are dragging. This type of day can make you mentally exhausted as well as physical.

Hopefully, Andrew will only have to wear this apparatus for only 30 days.

Enjoy your weekend!

Amelia in Oklahoma

Regina said...

Long day - but hopefully this monitor will give them more indication on which direction to go in treating this.

Love those new fabrics - especially the green leaves in the center. Ohh!

My MIL just got a poodle - I get to meet her tonight but am already planning a poodle tote for her, and perhaps a little poodle quilt. The fleece looks like a cool idea, too but I don't have embroidery capability. Hmm - maybe a good excuse to have MIL get me an early BIG Christmas present>???!?! I can dream!

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

You must be beat after that day! I'm keeping Andrew and your family in my prayers. He's gonna get you back one day for that pic. Hope you have a great weekend. I'm hoping for a bit of sewing time since I haven't started clue 2 yet.

Guðrún said...

Oh I do hope this will all go well, our children are the most important in the world.

Deb (vtquilter) said...

Try to get some've had a rough day. Hopefully Andrew will only need to wear it for 30 days and they can 'fix' it with non surgical ways.

jillytacy said...

I'm sure having to take Andrew to a specialist has been a worry. Having to wear the monitor probably isn't easy either but the good news is it will give his doctors more info and they'll be able to help take care of his problem. I understand it's hard to have anything be wrong with your child but he's fortunate that technology has advanced so much. I always remind myself when it comes to my daughter, having to take medication daily to prevent a condition is better than many other things that could be wrong with her. We are so fortunate. Andrew will be in my thoughts. Good luck!