Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mended Little Heart

Mila had her 6 month cardiology follow up appointment today. I was nervous, as always, right before cardiology appointments. She weighed in at almost 23 pounds and sprouted to just over 30 inches!
Here she is getting her EKG....
a mouth full of snacks typically keeps her pretty happy....imagine that ;)
I know you'd never guess based on her size!
The cardiologist came into the room and looked over her records and asked how she was doing. I blurted out "fabulous, really really good." Then I thought to myself, "Ugh now since I said that out loud something will be wrong...stupid stupid stupid." I talked myself into calming down and realized I was being ridiculous thinking that! He was just as excited as I was that I didn't have to check any of the "other health conditions" on the checklist they give us at each appointment. Last time quite a few of those boxes were checked with symptoms and other health conditions and this time I read through them all twice because I couldn't believe I didn't have to check ANYTHING. I was so thrilled in fact, that I wrote in big letters right across it "NONE" with one of my best 2nd-grade-teacher smiley faces! Maybe that's why he was just as excited as I was...it was that smiley face ;)

Anyways, we chatted a bit about orphans as we always do, and then he checked her over.  Last time he decided to keep her on the Lasix because her liver was still low and palpable and there was just the smallest indication of extra fluid. This time her liver was exactly where it was supposed to be and no indication of issues with extra fluid. So we get to stop the Lasix, which means Mila is completely MED-FREE!! I think she gets a diploma for that or something! He listened to her heart and looked rather confused. Immediately my heart jumped to my throat and I asked what was wrong. He said something to the effect of "I could have sworn she had leak from her VSD patch last time she was here. And I told him he was right, that she did. He said "I don't hear anything at all. Usually leaks don't go away" He even double checked her records. I loved seeing that confused look on his face and thought "That's MY God!" When he finally got to the echo he saw just the teeniest tiniest (definitely smaller than before) lead from her patch. We were told this happens after patching ASDs and VSDs sometimes if it's a big hole and she would just probably have it for life as it was in a place where there really isn't much ability to grow new muscle/tissue to close on it's own and it shouldn't cause her any problems. It doesn't much indicate anything medically that it's smaller, except that God is healing her heart in ways that can't be explained by medicine :) And I think that's pretty cool! He took new measurements for pulmonary hypertension and her numbers showed no pulmonary hypertension any more!!! We were hopeful that the surgery would solve the problem of the pulmonary hypertension but it was a "wait and see" kind of deal. Once he finished the echo, he smiled and said "see you in two years!" I was definitely not expecting TWO years! But I'll take it! Praising God tonight for healing our jelly bean and shining through her!
The "look"

Getting so big!

Love that smile!

16 comments:

  1. Praise Jesus!!!! YAYAY for Mila Hope!!!!

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  2. It is so wonderful to read this! The Lord sure is good, all the time. So thankful and so happy for the good report! I love the picture of her in the black outfit. She looks like a doll in the first one. :)

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  3. Way to go Mila! You look like such a big girl now!

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  4. Precious little girl!!!! Love "the look" pic....who could have imagined that Mila would be so perfectly pink and healthy!! Thank you, God, for sending a forever family for this sweet child and then doing more than any of us would ever have dared to hope for!! Praise your Holy name!!! Amen!
    (((BIG HUGS)))!!!

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  5. Such fantastic news!!! Oh what the love of a family and good medical care can do for a child:) Mila's picture of "the look" is quite possibly the most adorable picture I have ever seen! She is simply gorgeous.

    Susan from Boston

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    1. That "look" is cute now but probably not so much in a few years LOL

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  6. Wonderful news! We serve an amazing God!

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  7. Wonderful news! We serve an amazing God!!!

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  8. What a beautiful little bean:) God is good!!

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  9. Whoop whoop! Yah to the litlle princess from U!

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  10. Whoop whoop! Yah to the litlle princess from U!

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  11. AWESOME news--praising God for the precious gift of Mila. So glad He led you guys to her--what a difference from the photos you posted when you first met her! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. She is an amazing gift, that's for sure!!!

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  12. I love fabulous cardio appointments! And I love your Mila. She is such a doll. :)

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