The doctor came in to talk to us afterward and Scott said as he saw the doctor coming towards us "It's never a good sign when they're bringing a model of a heart with them."
Too true. Bad news: the hole is still there.
The good news: It's tiny small. There's still a chance that it may close up on it's own. Usually, if they're going to close up, they'll do so by 16-18 months of age. It is also so small that it's not affecting her. There's no enlargement of any chambers, no leakage, her lungs are clear. Even if it never closes up, as long as it doesn't get larger, we still may not ever have to address it. The doctor said she can play sports, she can go on to have children of her own.
So, we'll check again in another year and half. The doctor insisted that since she's so young that it may close up, he can't even really truly diagnose it as a heart defect yet. He clearly said repeatedly to treat her normal. I don't know what meant exactly in reference to a 9 month old baby. She's not ordinary...she's extraordinary.
Here's baby and daddy post-appt. It was a long appt.
But Slugger cheered up immediately when we stopped by the NICU and saw her aunties: Alex, Amy, Aileen, and Dina. Robin, Dr. Chiu, and Laura came outside after the picture was taken.
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