Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A long day at ACH

This morning Parker's school took all the kids on a field trip to Jump Zone and he had a blast but he was also worn out!

I picked him up at lunch and we headed to Arkansas Childrens Hospital for his cardiology appointment. First we headed to the outpatient lab and got his blood drawn (to check his INR) and then we headed to the clinic.

We waited for a while and then Parker got his echo. He was so great during the echo and I think the tech fell in love with him! The appointment was great and Parker's echo looked great. His right ventricle function has improved since his last echo in April and his valve leakge has improved slightly (they repaired it during surgery). AND His diuretics were stopped!! woohoo!! So, we will just watch him the next few days for puffiness and make sure his breathing doesnt changed. If he does get puffy, I will just start the diuretics back. We are not expecting to have to restart them because of the summer heat and how much he sweats. His INR was a little low so we increased his Coumadin slightly. He wants him on the Coumadin at least untilt he end of the year. He told me that taking him off the Coumadin would be his Christmas present to Parker.

We dont have to go back for a cardiology appointment for 4 months!! Dr. Seib went over the long term complications that can happen after the Fontan and what to watch for. I wont bore you with those because Im sure we have to worry about them =)

Oh yeah, Parker's pulse ox was 95%!! This truely blows my mind!! No wonder he has more energy than he knows what to do with!! I told Dr. Seib that he gave parker too much energy =)

After being at the hospital for 5 hours we were finally finished! On the way out we stopped at the huge train and the outside playground.

By the time we got home at 6:00 pm, Parker was out and went straight to bed. He doesnt do well when he is worn out AND has to skip his nap.

It was a really long day but a great appointment! It is so strange to not have any plans for surgery in our future and Im loving it =) This next year is going to be so fun for our family (Parker starts K-3, I graduate with my Masters Degree!!), I just cant wait!!


Lauren said...

It's so awesome to see him doing so well! Yea Parker! We know God has some special plans for your life! =)

Anonymous said...

I have the same car seat for my son! don't forget that the harness needs to be at or above his shoulders! Otherwise they could be even more injured in a car accident. If they are rear facing (recommended till at least age 2 the straps would be at or below!