The day started off with a bang. The hospital called to tell me that Cara needed a recent physical before they could do the MRI. I knew we were in trouble because she hadn't been to the doctor since October. I called the new pediatrician's office and she was amazingly accommodating. She told me they would fit Cara in at 11:15. So, instead of Matt taking her, I packed her up and took her to the doctor for the physical then on to the hospital for the MRI. Matt wasn't due home from work until 11:15, so he took Allie to the doctor at 1pm.
Cara was scheduled for 1pm...she didn't even go in until 2:30. So the poor thing hadn't eaten since 7pm last night and she missed her nap time. She was VERY good though, charming everyone she could find of course. I got to go with her as they put her under anesthesia and she did fine. She was done at about 3:45. She woke up really grouchy and tried to pull out her IV (that's my girl!) She cried most of the way home, but after a few minutes home she was fine. The radiologist came out, and knowing our situation, she looked at me and told me there was nothing "catastrophic" viewable on the scan. We won't get the details until tomorrow, but I can live with nothing catastrophic until then.
On to Allie...unfortunately today we found she has a heart murmur. The doctor detected what she thinks is a ventricular septal defect, basically a hole in the lining between the lower chambers of the heart. Most of the time these will correct themselves without incident. However, she did want us to see a pediatric cardiology specialist. So, off we go to another specialist next Tuesday. Other than that, she is the picture of health, a real butterball (92% in height & weight). She is the first Williams baby to make the normal growth curve by 4 months...go Allie!
I know you are probably thinking "what next?" Yes, I think that way too...A LOT! It's really easy to get stuck in the "why me" way of thinking, I do it at least 5 times a day!!! I'm trying, trying so very hard, to focus on the hope that I have in my faith. One of my new favorite songs:
"Our Hope Endures" by Natalie Grant
You would think only so much can go wrong
Calamity only strikes once
And you assume this one has suffered her share
Life will be kinder from here
Oh, but sometimes the sun stays hidden for years
Sometimes the sky rains night after night
When will it clear?
But our Hope endures the worst of conditions
It's more than our optimism
Let the earth quake
Our Hope is unchanged
I just have no doubt that God is right there with us, everyday giving us strength, putting wonderful people in our lives, and brining so many people together in prayer!
Nothing from Sloan today. I'm planning on calling tomorrow to check on progress. Thank you for your prayers today:)