Friday, October 12, 2007

No changes


Matthew was a champ!

The cardiologist said there has been no narrowing ... and the leak is the same as before.

That is fantastic news! We'll go back for another ECHO in six months.

He said when Matthew goes in for surgery, it will be because of the leak and not the narrowing. He mentioned that conduits can get some kind of sludge build up.

They rate the leak 1 to 10, and his leak is still a 3.
Doctor said that he'll need a conduit change once it is between 8 and 10; he said to plan on surgery in about 2 years. We'd been told at Stanford, that on average, these little guys need a conduit change every three years. So, that would be about right. Now, the whiny mother part of me wishes that he was just fixed and we didn't need more surgeries ever again.


We hope medical technology will advance quickly, so that he won't need to go in (approximately) every 3 years .... maybe they will come up with some new kind of tissue or a bovine or pig valve that will last longer.

Thank you so much for your prayers ... we very much appreciate it!! They worked! :-)

(((Hugs))) to you all.

Oh yeah, we tried to go celebrate at IHOP afterwards, but Matthew pitched a HUGE fit as we were sitting down. We got up and left the building. He screamed all the way home!
We didn't know what the heck was going on.
He's been a perfect angel since we walked in the door.


Slideshow below of Matthew getting his EKG and ECHO at Dr. Gary Mayman's office.

26 comments:

In_spired said...

Great, great news, Terri! God is good...

Sorry to hear about the celebratory meal at IHop!! I'm sure The Little Cowboy just wanted to get back to his corral!

Hugs...

The Lowest Rated Blog said...

Terri

Thanks for the update. Good news. Good luck to you and your kids [the little ones and the big one]. Have a fine VEGAS evening.

Families ARE forever.

cfs

RWA said...

That is outstanding news, Terri. Congratulations.

And, you're right. Who knows where technology and the medical field will be in two years - or five?

Chris H said...

Fantastic news for Matthew!!! He is so cute in the photos, precious wee man.

~JJ! said...

Good job Matthew..

And nice tantrum too...Means you are strong and healthy...Gotta love a good tantrum!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

He was tired of being good! GOODNESS! Even I could have told you that! He used up all his good juice at the doctor and needed a good ole' fit! :)


That is great news! Maybe in two years they will have something new and improved! I just KNOW they will!

crabby old man said...

Glad the new's is good. He has been on my heart & in my prayers all day . Now let us pray that in the years to come he is still doing good.
May God bless the King Family

Tonya said...

I'm so happy it was good news. He looked like he did a super job for the doctor.

flutter said...

What a brave kid.

Slackermommy said...

He is so dang cute, the little trooper! I know what you mean about wanting him to just be "fixed". I wish I could fix him for you. At least I can pray.

Debbie said...

Thanks goodness for the good news and thank God for his blessings.

What a cutie he is.

On the screaming at IHOP, it's a delayed reaction from the doctor visit. It happens when kids (or even adults) are under a lot of stress, maybe some fear, and they hold it together until it's all over and done with. Then the stress has to come out and get released somehow. That's what happened here. It's a good thing, a healthy thing.

His holding it in forever would be bad.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Melissa R. Garrett said...

That's great news!!

As for the fit, I suppose he just wanted to get back to the comfort and familiarity of his own home :-)

Merle Sneed said...

Terri, I'm so glad that things went as well as you expected.

Kate said...

That is wonderful news! What a little trooper :)

Paul Champagne said...

Great News Terri!!!

You can't see it, but I'm doing my happy dance for you guys.

Chris H said...

You are welcome sweetie.

Ann(ie) said...

SUCH good news. You've all been on my mind. What a little champ you have!!!! xo.

Pendullum said...

So very happy to read of the good news... and I am crying...
Why am I crying?
I am so happy and relieved and Matthew looks so brave while getting his ECHO test...
You have a fantastic family and are a terrific strong mother...
Thank you for sharing!

carmachu said...

Great news! Gladto hear everything went well on the visit.

What was going on? He was good at the doctors and couldnt hold it anymore. Kids only can be good for so long....:D

Jeremy@Life of an Ant said...

That is good news!! Glad things went well.

furiousBall said...

YEAH! good job Matt!

Burg said...

Hooray for no change!

TRUTH-PAIN said...

:).... That is great news. My very best wishes to your family. I don't know how you guys do it, but whatever power and blessing you have,.... may they keep coming.

A pat on the head for the little man :)

Mrs. G. said...

Maybe the little guy just didn't want pancakes.

weatherchazer said...

All right- that's great news! I'd cry at IHOP too! The last one I went to sucked!

Tiffany said...

I am so glad to hear that Matthew does not need surgey yet. Like you said hopefully in a few years they will be able to come up with something that will grow with him.