That same day at about noon I got a call from his pediatrician, she began by "I don't want you to worry, but..." the echo had found a small hole in the atria of B's heart, a condition called atrial septal defect. ASD is a relatively common problem and many babies are born with a small hole in their heart at birth. The pediatrician explained that it was nothing I should worry about and that often these holes will close up on their own in the first year of life. But since it is a heart condition, to be on the safe side, she referred us to a pediatric cardiologist at Riley Hospital for Children.
Today we had our visit with the cardiologist at Riley. They performed an EKG and chest X-ray on B to determine the size of the hole and what the next step would be. It was a lengthy process but he was awesome the whole day. Mostly he just flirted with every nurse he saw. Look at that happy boy.
I was nervous as we headed to the hospital even though I knew there was a pretty good chance everything would be just fine. What mom wouldn't stress a little about this? My friend Jenny has been awesome in explaining things to me and letting me know we were set up with an awesome cardiologist. (She works with heart babies and is a pretty kick ass nurse)
He headed into the EKG first and they attached about a gazzilion electrodes to his chubby little belly. The tech entertained him with a duck that made some pretty crazy quacking sounds, he was amused though.
Next we headed to Radiology for his X-ray. I helped hold him on the table and he smiled at me the whole time. They did have to move his neck fat to get a good picture though....still not a peep from him LOL.
After a short 3 hours at Riley we met with the pediatric cardiologist and he explained that although there is a hole or patent foramen ovale as he called it. The way he explained it was that this opening is present in everyone in the womb. Often when babies are born the opening never closes completely. Since B doesn't have any symptoms or complications aside from some sweating when he eats, they've decided to watch him over the next couple years and do a follow up echo when he's roughly 2 to make sure the hole closes.
One thing he did explain to me was that it's possible that the opening was bigger at birth which is why he struggled to gain weight in the beginning. Here I was thinking it was all my fault with my skim milk boobs or something. Good news though, he's gaining like a champ these days and appears healthy as a horse.
I'm so thankful he's ok and it makes my heart hurt to know that many of those children we passed today at Riley were really and genuinely sick. We're so blessed to have a happy healthy boy and I don't take that for granted in the least bit. We're also lucky to have an awesome children's hospital like Riley.