Wednesday, January 23, 2013

1000th post!

This is quite a landmark, it's my 1000th post on this blog! Considering I've been blogging for just over five years, that makes me a (somewhat) consistent blogger, I think. And considering I started blogging after transitioning over from Bilal's carepage, it is quite apt that I share his recent medical news on this post.

Zakir and I took Bilal in for his routine (2 year) check-up with Dr. C this past Friday. Since there was still some ice and snow on the roads, there happened to be several cancellations that morning. All the better for us. We arrived just at his appointment time and were taken back immediately.

First for vital signs.

After his height and weight were documented he had his EKG.

He did wonderfully! And after the EKG the tech let him take the stickies off all by himself (with a little help from Mama).

Then we were moved to the echo/ exam room, where his vital signs were checked.

Blood pressure was great and oxygen saturation was 98%. Awesome!

Then, with very little wait time, Dr. C came in to listen to his heart and perform the echo. I love that he does the echo himself, and discusses it with us in detail as he is performing the test.

We learned that Bilal has no significant pulmonary valve stenosis (great news!) but does have fairly significant pulmonary insufficiency as we already knew. But it is not yet causing his right ventricle to dilate, which means he is tolerating the leaky valve very well. There may come a point when his right heart does become dilated, and that may indicate the need for another open heart surgery for valve replacement. But we don't anticipate that until adulthood (if then!). Bilal has been cleared for any kind of physical activity, including football (yeah right, as if Mama would ever let him play football anyway!) And he emphasized that his anesthesia risk is no greater than a heart healthy child. Which is encouraging since we are planning on sinus surgery for Bilal a week from tomorrow.

And the best part of the visit? Dr. C telling us that he'll see us back in 2-3 years. Yay! We love seeing him of course, but it just goes to show how confident he feels about Bilal's heart at this point in time. And we did make the doctor promise he has no intention of retiring before we go back to see him!


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