Today was the day we got to meet a couple of the doctors who will be taking care of Poppy and I. I got to meet Dr. Cheng, who is my maternal fetal medicine doctor who will be overseeing my care at UW, and Dr. Vernon, who will be Poppy’s pediatric cardiologist while we are in Seattle. I had an ultrasound today to check Poppy’s growth and development, and thank the Lord, all is looking great! Thankfully the only ‘high risk’ aspect to this pregnancy is Poppy’s heart. She is still breech, so my c-section will be planned for around 39 weeks (first week in March). We are hoping she can hang out until then, as Dr. Vernon would like to see her as healthy and plump as possible for her upcoming battle.
So here is the best part!! We also had a fetal echocardiogram to check on Poppy’s heart, and had a very pleasant surprise! HER PULMONARY VALVE WAS NOT LEAKING TODAY!!!!! Thank you, Jesus!!! Dr. Vernon had seen all of our previous fetal echos and had also noted, that she has had leaking in all of the past echos, but today NO LEAKING!!! She said surely the pulmonary valve is abnormal structurally (probably a bicuspid instead of a tricuspid), but she was very enthusiastic to point out that she would ‘take’ this structural abnormality over a leak any day!!!! Woohoo!!! Yes, Poppy still has half of a heart (HLHS), and yes this is still VERY serious, but the fact that today her ‘extra’ complication to the whole thing was not present is totally GOD!!! We left with such a sense of hope, I can’t even explain…goosebumps..and lets face it, you couldn’t wipe the smile off of our faces for the rest of the day! 😉 With no leak in her pulmonary valve, it is my understanding that the chance of a heart transplant is somewhat reduced for the time being. Thank you, Lord!! We will take these small victories!! Keep ’em coming, Lord!!
Next week, I will be checked just like a normal 36 week OB appointment at UW, and we will also get a tour of Seattle Children’s! We are really looking forward to having some kind of a visual for what’s ahead. It sounds like they have thought of everything! Plenty for Crosby to be busy with, and many services provided at no cost for families that are well thought and meaningful. What a blessing.
Meanwhile, Crosby has had fun playing with my mom here at the Ronald McDonald house. He is doing pretty well, overall. He is making all kinds of new friends here! 🙂 Thank goodness! We are praying he continues to do well with the adjustment. Mom leaves tomorrow, and will return with my dad when Poppy arrives! Brad’s parents will also be here to help as soon as Poppy arrives! We are so grateful to have such a prayerful and loving support! We can totally feel your love and so appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray! We still have a long road ahead…..so thankful for you all.