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Peds Cardiology Visit on a 2 Year Surgerversary and a Thankful Thursday

When I woke up this morning, the only thing I had on my mind was Owain’s Peds Cardiology check up. I always get very anxious on his check up days. I always worry that things are not going as well as they seem. Or that there is something happening right in front of me and I am missing it. As usual, I had a terrible time getting out the door. I found all sorts of things that were more important than leaving the house to go to this appointment. I did laundry, washed dishes and cleaned the bathroom. None of which really had to be done, nor did I have time to actually do them. I took my avoidance and hid in my bedroom, laying on my bed staring at the ceiling, wondering if today would be the day. I laid there long enough to talk myself into getting ready and getting out the door.

I tossed some food at the kids while I ran around the house throwing together  everything I needed for the day and then I grabbed my laptop and Toy Story 2 and a Blues Clues alphabet DVD and ran towards the door. It wasn’t until I was shoving little shoes onto little feet that I remember that my van was out of gas and that I had been driving around on empty for the past two weeks. After getting the kids loaded up, I drove on fumes, my van sputtering all the way to the gas station and in the end I was only 15 minutes late. Not to bad considering I didn’t really want to go in the first place.

For a couple of visits, Owain was a crazy little ball of frustration. He wrestled and wiggled through the entire visit, pulling at the leads for his EKG and screaming his way through his echo. It was such compete chaos!

Today’s visit was a relatively stress free one. Owain talked his way through checking his blood pressure, weight and height…and he is growing famously by the way. He was slightly annoyed by his EKG, but was more into watching Toy Story, and the same thing happened for his Echo. Aside from the fact that these appointments are usually pretty long by nature, which leads to a group of cranky kids, today was a fairly relaxing visit.

The greatest thing about today was the fabulous news that Owain is as healthy as he can be. I continue to be amazed by my son. The results of his EKG were just about perfect…and by that I mean that without knowing that Owain has only half a heart and has had the Glenn Procedure, it would be hard to tell that there is anything wrong with him at all. His EKG hardly showed any signs of abnormality at all. That just boggles my mind beyond words. I am so very very Thankful for this amazing news!

And until this very moment, it didn’t even occur to me that it is Thursday, and that means that today is Thankful Thursday. I can’t imagine anything more exciting right now than the fact that my son is doing so well!

At this time last year, we had no idea that he has asthma and we were watching his O2 Sats fall and hover in the low 70′s. At this time last year, we thought that Owain was going to be getting his Fontan Procedure this fall. And now, surgery is so far off in the future that we can put off thinking about it for at least another 8 months or so. That might seem like it is not too far off, and really it is not, but for us it might as well be 8 years. I know that in 6 months I will feel much different, but for now it is a good feeling that I wish I could bottle up.

It wasn’t until the appointment was over that I looked at my phone and realized the date was October 7th. I am not sure how I managed to get to Owain’s appointment without really knowing the date. It was just written in my datebook under Thursday and that is all I know. At the end of the week, I flip the page and it is a new week. At this point, it all seems so odd to me, but I had no idea of today’s date. And even after seeing it, I had a lingering feeling that there was something more to October 7th.

I realized that today is Owain’s 2 year Surgerversary for his Glenn Procedure. How crazy is that?!? The same day that we get such great news is on the anniversary of on of the hardest days of my life. I really don’t know what to say about that. Amazing.

Last year was much different for me. It was a very emotional day full of guilt and endless wondering. Last year I wrote A Year Ago Today my Wee Nut had his Second Surgery. Last year I thought we were looking at his next surgery soon.

What a different a year can make.

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3 Responses to Peds Cardiology Visit on a 2 Year Surgerversary and a Thankful Thursday

  1. Julie @ Practically Spent on October 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    What good news for such a little cutie!!!

  2. Jamie on October 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

    That’s great news Lisa! So glad his appointment went so well! Praying he continues to thrive and push off that last surgery for a long time (Kaston had his at 22 mos.)

    I know what you mean about dates! I have really never paid much attention to surgery dates but for some odd reason this year, it just really hit me hard. I think it was because I was sitting in front of Children’s in Dallas at the Denny’s after the DMB concert the day before Kaston’s “Fontanniversary”! It was just really surreal and odd for me. Weird how certain things just bring back a huge flood of emotions huh!

    Hope all else is well on the home front!
    Jamie Snyder

    • Hazel Nut on October 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Jamie!

      Last year hit me really hard! I saw it coming for weeks and weeks. This year, it was different because I was so stressed about what we would learn at his peds cardiology appointment that I didn’t even realize it was coming up. I have been in awe of him and his strength since yesterday, I am so in love with my brave little boy :) He melts my Heart.

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