Archive for November 5th, 2008

Timothy’s Visit to the Hospital

Patrick woke up very early this morning to take Timothy to Primary Children’s Hospital for his echo cardiogram today.  They arrived at about 7:00 am, and waited a few minutes for the cardiology department to open for the morning.  After taking his weight and doing a cursory exam, then turned out the lights in the exam room and used a fiber optic light to look at the veins in his hand.  It worked, they got the IV in on the first try!  He cried a little, but took it like a trooper.  They then moved to another dark room where the sedatives were administered, and the echo was performed.  They gave him enough to make him groggy, but did not completely put him to sleep.  He did start to wake up more a few times during the exam, and they administered a few more doses of sedative to keep him still.  After about thirty minutes, he went to recovery, where he woke up quickly and did not want to be held!  Patrick tried to let him sit up for a couple of seconds at a time to readjust his grip on Timothy, and he would get a little woozy and have trouble staying up, but was very awake for the most part.  They moved to ANOTHER room and were told that the doctor would be able to read the results and let them know in just a little while.  That was a relief since we had been told it would be a separate visit.  The doctor came in and said that it was just what he had suspected, that there was a narrowing in his pulmonary artery, causing noise, but that he would grow out of it.  Praise God!  We are so incredibly relieved.

Timothy did get to eat a little after being denied breakfast before the test, then came home and ate some bread with cream cheese (one of his favorites).  He (and his brother) then took a huge nap for about 3 1/2 hours!  It was a relaxing finish to a stressful day.

I am grateful for all the prayers that we have received during this time of concern about Timothy’s health.  I know that God strengthened us and helped Timothy handle all the discomfort of the testing, as well as bringing about such a great outcome.  Other children have to spend much more time visiting cardiologists and other specialists, and we are blessed to have two healthy boys.  I hope Abbey doesn’t mind that I am stealing a topic of hers from a few days ago, but please consider donating to/volunteering at a local children’s hospital in your area.  These facilities provide excellent care to children from families of all income levels, and they need all the support they can get to continue to do so.  One easy way for federal employees to give is to donate to your local children’s hospital through CFC.  Others may check to see if your employer will match your gift.

Thank you again for your prayers.  God bless you all.



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