Monday, February 8, 2010
The time is finally upon us. The first step toward Hope's next surgery is a heart catheterization. Edited to add that Hope's catheterization is scheduled for February 25th. I am going to start by posting what a heart catheterization is for the non-heart followers:
This is an invasive imaging procedure that allows your doctor to evaluate heart function. During a cardiac catheterization, a long, narrow tube is inserted through a plastic introducer sheath (a short, hollow tube that is inserted into a blood vessel in your leg or arm...Hope's will be in her leg). The catheter is guided through the blood vessel to the coronary arteries with the aid of a special x-ray machine. Contrast material is injected through the catheter and x-ray movies are created as the contrast material moves through the heart's chambers, valves and major vessels.
There are risks to this procedure, but we are praying Hope avoids all of the possible risks. We are nervous and scared about the next month because after the catheterization, Hope will be scheduled for her bi-directional Glenn surgery. There will be plenty of time to think about both in the next few weeks, so I am going to stop focusing on them now and move on to catching up with other stuff around here.
Destiny and the boys are loving on Hope all the time. It is so cute to see Jerry playing with Hope and talking to her. He can get her to smile any time of the day. Paul and Hope get their diapers changed together and spend the whole time smiling and 'talking' to each other. Paul can be a little rough sometimes, but he always says sorry when he is a little rough. Destiny is great with Hope and can make her laugh and talk all the time. Every day is so special and I am treasuring each and every minute watching all of them grow up. I know everyone says that they focus a lot of their attention on their kids, but I have been actively focusing on it every day. I find even the smallest details of the day make me laugh, smile, and sometimes cry. I am so much more aware of everything!
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and spread awareness of Congenital Heart Defects whenever you have the chance.
Posted by Wodzisz Family at 9:24 PM