Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A VSD update

For those of you who didn't know, Scarlett was born with a ventricular septal defect, or VSD for short. If you've been following this blog for some time, you may remember this post which I wrote almost exactly one year ago. Well...Scarlett just had her annual cardiologist visit. This appointment was a big one. Typically, cardiologists like these holes in the heart to close up by the age of two.
Scarlett was definitely old enough to know that something was up this time around. She wanted to hold hands with me as we walked down the long halls of the hospital. At one point, she looked up at me and said, unprovoked, "I not scared mama - I fine." (And my heart melted a bit.) We saw Dr. Friedman again and he was surprised to report that Scarlett's VSD hasn't changed. It's still there. It hasn't closed or gotten any smaller like they thought it would have by the age of 2. And while that may seem like bad news, they have officially ruled out open heart surgery which is terrific news! We'll continue to have the VSD re-evaluated annually, but Dr. Friedman told us that we can forget the VSD is even there until 5 minutes before next year's appointment. It's not affecting her now in any way, and it won't affect her ever in any way.


Kate said...

this post made my heart palpitate, just thinking of little ones in hospitals and this situation. i am SO glad this was all good news, and that scarlett wasn't scared (which, for the record, would have most likely made me crumble to the floor, sobbing in her little, capable arms).

Pokolodi said...

Amen to Kate. I couldn't have said it differently. What a brave little girl with very brave parents. I'm beyond glad to hear it's good news.