Sunday, March 25, 2012

Life Lessons

So yesterday I got a message from someone who at one point I considered to be one of my best friends. About 11 months ago we had a major falling out and we didn't speak for a LONG time. So you can understand my surprise when she messaged me. Honestly I had to sleep on it. I wasn't sure if I was going to respond at all. In the months after our falling out I was so angry at her. Angry that she had caused me to question the reasons that I was in the heart community.

So last night I prayed on it because my head and heart were at war with one another. God pushed me in a direction that I was terrified to go in.

I messaged her this morning and throughout the day we have been exchanging messages. In the last 30 minutes I have sent her a friend request and she has accepted. We both realize and accept that it will take awhile to get our friendship back to what it once was but we are both willing to take the time to fix it.

Sometimes second chances aren't earned but when they are earned,you owe it to yourself and to the ones you've been wronged by to give it a shot.

Monday, March 12, 2012

What I have learned in the last 24 hours

Liam is one lucky little baby. He has a mom that fought for her child from the beginning. He has a mom who demanded that the pulse ox test be done and she refused to leave the hospital until the test was done.

Thank God for her determination. She likely saved her baby boy's life.

Yesterday I got word that Liam had been transferred. I was getting conflicting reports so it was about an hour before I was able to verify that yes he had been transferred for two reasons. 1, the small rual hospital he was born at did not feel comfortable in treating his complex case. 2. His mother wanted him at a children's hospital.

They remained in the same state,thankfully and his mother was able to ride with him in the ambulance to the hospital. When they got to the new hospital he was assessed by a pediatric cardiologist who deemed it necessary for him to have his Norwood this morning.

Surgery started shortly after 9am and by 1:30pm Eastern time, Mama was being escorted to the PICU to see Liam. Surgery had gone very well and Liam was doing well. The surgeon was very pleased with how it had gone.

I know many people have asked where he had his surgery/where he is right now,but Mama has not given me that information yet. Her friend says that she is very private.Especially when something serious is going on. So please continue to pray for this sweet baby boy and his Mama.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pulse Ox does save lives

Today was a very humbling day.

Early this afternoon I spoke with a friend and found out that someone we both knew had recently had a baby. Baby Liam was born 2 days ago. He was a healthy size and he was pronounced healthy by the doctors. They were going to be discharged tonight. Then the friend of the new mom told the new mom about the pulse ox test and urged her to have it done before Liam was discharged.

The new mom spoke to her nurse about it and the nurse said that Liam was healthy and he didn't need it, But Mama persisted and spoke to the doctor. The doctor echoed the nurses' statement. Finally after a lot of reluctance from the doctors and nurses,Liam was given the test.

Imagine the surprise when the 02 reading was 83. Liam was immediately taken from Mama's arms. Cardiology was called and after the pediatric cardiologist on call listened to Liam and preformed an echo,it was determined that Liam had HLHS or Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

He will be facing his first of at least 3 surgeries with the first one,the Noorwood, scheduled for Monday.

Without gaining the knowledge from a dear friend of mine, I wouldn't have known to share this information and Liam might have passed and Mama may have had to learn the diagnosis from the coroner.

Thank you Kristine for all you've taught me and all you and Cora continue to teach me.

Cora and I probably saved a life today.