01 January 2009

The Heart Doctor

So, the pediatrician here in Montgomery referred us to a cardiologist here in Montgomery after being demanded to do so by Chase's neurologist in Birmingham. Oh the hierarchy of the medical world.

The appointment was for the 30th at 9:20 a.m. but I wasn't allowed to play around with it since it was made for me by the pediatrician. Had I of had my say, it wouldn't have been scheduled for morning nap.

Fortunately, my mom recently retired after 30 years with AT&T (woot woot!) and graciously offered her services to drive down to Montgomery and keep Conner.

We arrived, filled out the necessary paperwork (which took FOREVA as Chase was being especially rowdy). The nurse started with an EKG by placing several sticky monitors all over his chest, arms and legs. It took a few tries since Chase needed to be still and that was totally not on his agenda.

10 minutes later we got a "good reading" and waited on Dr. Cardioman to enter. He did a relatively standard physical and fortunately for us, Chase turned slightly blue while the doctor was there. Good news is that Chase's blueness seems to be a normal "baby thing" and he just gets a bit "extra blue" for whatever reason.

Dr. Cardioman decided to go ahead with the ultrasound to be thorough.

Pretty sweet little test, if you are on the receiving end I must say. Chase and I were brought into a dark room, both of us were put on a long table (me to keep Chase comfortable), and Spongebob was turned on the television at the end of the room. Chase had to select a flavor lollipop (he chose grape). Then, Chase lied there stretched out, naked except for a diaper and socks, sucking on his lollipop, starring at Spongebob as Dr. Cardioman gooped his chest up.

He did several minutes worth of imagery, taking ultrasound pics and printing them off, listening to the heart sounds (sounds just like when he was in-utero, so strange!), and watching flows (colored by orange and blue on the screen).

Occasionally, Chase would squirm but the kid really needed to be frank - this was NOTHING compared to the NICU tests!

For our Grand Finale, Chase was turned on his side for a different view of his heart. Within a few seconds, Dr. Cardioman found a small murmur. Most likely, it'll heal itself, but if it doesn't it can either A) Not cause a single problem or B) Cause some problems but we'll know because he will start to present certain symptoms later in life.

Interestingly enough, this past weekend while listening to Chase's heart, my father-in-law decided to listen to Conner too. It's probably wise to point out that Conner rarely stays still for his pediatrician and as a result he has probably never had the opportunity for such a "long listen" but Conner stayed perfectly still for his "Jack" and found a flow murmur. Same prognosis as Chase - it'll most likely heal itself and we won't hear from it again.

So, we have a neurology appointment next week as well as a regular checkup (which just drives me insane as I find them pointless, fruitless and wasteful!).

I'll let you all know how the neurology checkup goes! Fingers crossed!

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