Well, Seth had his first post-op check-up since leaving the hospital 2 months ago. Unfortunately, the news was not good. It was his second trip to the doctor today, so I'll start with the first.
A few weeks ago, I noticed an irregularity on Seth's lower back. It looked like a tiny hole just below his waist band. I mentioned it to our pediatrician, and it turned out to be a sacral dimple. I'd never heard of this problem, but apparently it's not all that uncommon. It could mean anything from "no problem" to a distant cousin of spina bifida known as a tethered spinal cord in which the spinal cord is attached to the skin on the lower back. This is unrelated to coarctation.
|Seth was great for his ultrasound even though he laid on his tummy for 20 minutes.|
|He even fell asleep after she wrapped him in a hospital towel. So comfy.|
|Seth has decided he likes to suck his thumb. It helped him relax during the echocardiogram.|
|The tech stepped aside so I could snap this picture of Seth sleeping during the echo.|
|Isn't he precious? He was amazing through all his tests.|
So now, we go back to Primary Children's Hospital. He won't go through open heart surgery, but an angioplasty. This means they'll put a catheter through his arteries starting in his leg and use a balloon in an attempt to widen the aorta. He should only have to stay one night, but he will be completely under anesthesia. The coarctation isn't as severe this time, so Seth does not appear to be in any danger, and they hope this will solve the problem.
Still, we thought we were in the clear. It seems we're not finished yet.
|So happy to be home!|