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.

15 thoughts on “Hope

  1. Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!! Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Rom. 5:2). 🙂

  2. Ahhhhh……! My dad told me the great news already, but upon reading this, I got teary-eyed with happy, thankful tears. Such great news of God’s miraculous intervention! Love you guys and glad you’re doing well!! Xx

  3. We are bitting our nails in anticipation. I’m very happy that you feel comfortable there. That is one of the most important aspects of care. I can not wait to see pictures of little Poppy. We will continue to keep you and your beautiful family in our prayers!!!

    • Thank you, thank you for all of your prayers and support. You are such a blessing to our family. We feel so blessed to have gotten to know you through delivering Crosby 🙂 We definitely take your input to heart and cannot thank you and Dr. Haugan enough for going above and beyond for us with all that’s associated with this diagnosis. It means so much to have such compassionate and caring medical support back home.

    • By the way, I have to tell you that I keep getting compliments on my incision scar from the resident doctors at UW! You did a superb job! Of course we all knew that, but it’s always nice to hear! 🙂

  4. Praise the Lord, He is so awesome. Praising Him and giving Him all the glory. We will continue to claim complete healing upon Poppy. He is our creator and nothing is impossible with Him. HUGS TO YOU ALL.

  5. Oh, I am so grateful for your news. Good news is always an advantage. I am glad to hear that the Ronald McDonald House is working out well for you all. It is a wonderful place. I am glad to hear Crosby is adjusting to his new home away from home. I am sure your parents are providing lots of fun times. I will continue to pray for you, Dr. Cheng, Dr. Vernon as they discern the best possible care for Poppy. Thank you for the updates! My bracelets are on my dresser and wrist-remembering you all in prayer! -Kristin

  6. Beccy Lockyer Thank you Lord for the faith and hope you have given this family, our prayers are with you , and your doctors . Beccy

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