Update on kiddo's cardiologist appointment

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  1. JR719

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    For those that did not see the original post, my 6 year old was scheduled to see a pediatric cardiologist for a possible heart valve being restricted or collapsed. The appt. was on halloween, so it was a busy day as you can imagine.

    I've worried, had sleepless nights, not eating right (you can imagine). Basically, I have been a mess and it really shows at my job. I've been called in I don't know how many times over reports that really don't make much sense, go figure, my mind was somewhere else.

    Anyway, we made it to the appt, about 2 hours away at Childrens hospital in Oklahoma City. My parents decided they needed to be there, they drove up from outside of Ft. Worth, about 3 1/2 hours away.

    Kiddo did an EKG right off the bat. Doc came in and it was question and answer time. He listened to her heart, pushed on her in various places, did the doc thing whatever that was.

    He did not hear anything that concerned him. The EKG was good as were his other tests. He thought our family MD. was hearing somthing contributed to her virus that is gone now.

    He did not put her thru other testing, an Echo something or another, I can't remember what it was called, along with another test I have no clue what he called it.

    He believes her problem, after many questions, has been dehydration of all things. Wants us to keep her drinking water, sports drinks and juice. He did have her wear a heart monitor for 24 hours. We had to keep a log of her activity with the time so the results could be figured.

    We were fortunate that her teacher would keep the log while she was at school. Basic things like, PE, recess, any activity that would get her heart rate to change along with the time of occurance.

    We won't get those results for two weeks, so we're still a little edgy. I'm just really happy she did not have to go thru the gamut of tests. He apparently did not find anything during the initial evaluation that caused concern so that is a huge relief.

    She was a little unhappy having to wear the monitor as you can imagine. My wife and I are just so relieved from the initial visit you can't imagine. I'm hoping, keeping fingers and toes crossed that the results will be ok.

    Here is the shot before the trick or treating. She is on the right with the strapped monitor. She came up on her own with being a "dead bride", don't know where that came from, but here she is with my oldest.

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    So, the cardiologist did not find the same thing our family doc found. I'm guessing that is good news since her virus is gone now. Hoping it was just as the cardiologist said, something with the virus our doc was hearing. Never can be too carefull with the little ones.

    I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from everyone here, you don't know how much it has meant to me.

    Thank you everyone,
    JR
     
  2. vnepilot

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    Glad to here your good news so far and I hope you continue to here more of it. definitely will say an extra prayer tonight
     
  3. JR719

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    Thank you vnepilot. There are loads of folks pulling for short and squatty. Every person helps as you can imagine, we take every reply serious. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
     
  4. mnrivrat

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    Echo - cardiagram , if I spelled it right. Glad she is perhaps going to be OK , sounds promising .

    I have two girls of my own - now adults, but my youngest gave me a lot of concern in her early years, and a lot of trips to specialists. I know what it is like to worry over a childs health and hope yours (worry) will be over soon. Good luck to you all.
     
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    Glad to hear she is OK, our kids are our most precious trust. If the cardiologist decided not to do the echocardiogram, then he isn't very concerned about a problem. These days, most MD's practice "defensive medicine" and will order any and all testing at the drop of a hat to protect themselves from any liability.
     
  6. Kentak

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    That is good news. Best wishes for the future. Try to relax, I'm sure the cardiologist has got this right and all will be clear sailing.

    K
     
  7. ceetee

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    Congratulations. Having little ones sometimes scares the bejeesus out of a guy. Glad to hear she's otay.
     
  8. cassandrasdaddy

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    god its good to hear that not doing the echocardiograhm is a real good sign they do those if they are at all concerned.you made mine and my wifes morning with this news
     
  9. VARifleman

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    glad to hear she's well.
     
  10. kymarkh

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    Good news - I will continue to keep her and the rest of your family in my prayers. I have a daughter (and another on the way) and I can tell you that when my 2 year old had Rotavirus earlier this year I was basically worthless at work. I hope that your employer is as understanding as mine was. Hang in there Bud, we're pullin for ya!
     
  11. RP86

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    When I was getting a physical back during high school my GP noticed that I had a murmur. He wouldn't sign off on the papers for the physical, and referred me to a cardiologist. My parents at the time were on pins and needles over the whole thing, because the GP expressed serious concern over the matter. About a week or two later I had an echo cardiogram done, results came back fine. I still get one done every couple of years, just to make sure everything is in working order. Glad to hear everything turned out fine. As the years pass get it checked during physicals to be on the safe side.

    I'm not sure if you watch Curb Your Enthusiam, but there's an episode where Larry has to wear a monitor. You should check it out, it's a good laugh.
     
  12. Chipperman

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    Echocardiogram= Ultrasound of the heart.

    Glad she is doing well. Hopefully all the tests will come out normal.

    There was a Tim Burton film a few years ago called "Corpse Bride". That may be where she got the idea.
     
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    Happy to hear all is well.
     
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