An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. Monday this was done on Charlie to see how well the repair went. It was beautiful! Where there was no septum/wall down the center, there is a nice strong wall. Where there was only one valve, there are now two. It was good to see his heart working and pumping blood properly. All indications are that the surgery was flawless. This surgery was a very big boost for Charlie. He came out of surgery looking pink. He healed well. His incision site looks great and is mostly healed over.
They had planned to hold our room in the NICU for Charlie while he was down in the cardiac unit but as the hospital began to bust at the seams with flu season they decided to have us move out completely. I cleared out the room expecting that we would get a different room when we came back. However, we were blessed to find out that our nurses and cleaning lady had advocated for us to be put back in our old room-thank you Lord for our sunny room!
Charlie is doing pretty good. There have been hiccups and lots of things happening since heart surgery, but that is life in the NICU. It is a challenge as a mom to discern what is necessary as different Meds or treatments are recommended. I definitely want what will help Charlie but don’t want things that are frivolous or over the top. I have learned a lot about what questions to ask and to really run something down if it doesn’t sit right with me. I have learned that even though I do not have a medical degree, I am a mom, and that counts for a lot. God gives moms wisdom and instincts in regard to their babies- that is a valuable gift and we as mothers have to see it as that and respond to how the Lord is leading. These are foreign waters but navigating them for the sake of Charlie is a delight.