Sunday, July 31, 2011

Unexpected News

Well the holidays are over, and so is all the travelling for atleast a few weeks phew!...... we have enjoyed time with family in Taupo, and had many visitors to entertain over the last couple of weeks....
a icy blast of snow has come and gone along with a good friend and her little boy.... we loved having them here. 

To end our holiday we had a hospital appointment in Auckland for middle B, so we all piled into the car ( minus Mike ) and headed to Mums for a long weekend.

Friday morning an early morning call from the hospital informed me that our appointment was cancelled..... our surgeon was sick, bummer! All that way for a cancellation. 

However it turned out this was just aswell, fate I think....
Little J had a doctors appointment in the afternoon to find answers about what had caused the mysterious lymph nodes on his neck... so with mum's suggestion I moved it forward.

So off I trotted with four kids in tow to the doctors....
we went through the normal checks.... temperature, ears and throat, and a check of the lungs and heart.....

Then the doctor took the stethoscope away from his ears looked up at me and asked " Did you know he has a heart murmur?"

Thats when the adrenalin kicked in.... another discovery, another to add to the list.... but as usual I accepted the news with many questions.... though much of that information was a blur later.

I walked out of the centre, as before...four kids in tow, but this time on auto pilot.... my mind racing with this unexpected news, so many things made more sense, I was now able to piece symptoms together.

Then I walked into mums work, and thats when I crumbled, like so many times before.... a familiar face, thats all I needed to let my tears fall and my body go limp, as the andrenalin high I was riding made me crash.....
My gorgeous, cheeky, huggy, loving boy has a heart murmur.

In awe of his new baby sister two years ago

Now I know many people who have heart murmurs can go through childhood to adulthood with no problems, and that some heart murmurs just turn out to be innocent.  But our doctor tried to get him into a hospital heart clinic for that day, and then I recieved a text later that day ( who knew doctors text patients? ) from him to remind me to get a referral from our local GP to our local hospital for a thorough investigation, this all leads me to think its more than innocent..... so thats where I'm left now.... I'm back home, the holidays are over, the boys are back at school....
and its just me and lil miss....
While she's asleep, I'm alone with my thoughts comtemplating the appointments ahead.... hoping for the best outcome. 


Jacqui said...Best Blogger Tips

What an awful shock, no wonder you went to pieces at the sight of a familiar face. Even if it is something that will need an operation, they're really not the same deal they used to be by a long shot and how great to get it dealt to so early in life. My niece was a micro-prem and had a murmur/faulty valve that they operated on when she was about 2. They came up to Starship the day before, they did keyhole surgery that day to put in a new valve, she stayed overnight and they went home the next day. Freaking amazing! We went to see her in hospital and you'd never know she'd just had heart surgery. Kind of did my mind in, the wonder of modern medicine!

Hootnz said...Best Blogger Tips

@Jacqui Thankyou thats good to know about your niece... we have had many of these shocks through the years, and many expected surgeries with middle B, though this one just felt like it came out of the blue... since it was the last thing I expected to come out of the doctors mouth :)

Mon said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh Laura, I'm sorry you had to go through that, and have to yet process more. Especially when it comes to your precious children. I can understand it would have been a hell of a shock!
xxx Thinking of you!

Hootnz said...Best Blogger Tips

Thankyou Monica for your lovely comment, that means alot :)

Julie said...Best Blogger Tips

There is nothing worse than finding out there is a medical issue with one of your children. Chances are it will be something simple that will be easily remedied. Or better yet, that he'll simply grow out of. Take care and try not to worry too much (I know, easier said than done).

Hootnz said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Julie, there have been many medical issues over the years, so you would think I would be prepared by now.... I guess it was just the initial shock :)

just kj said...Best Blogger Tips

I found your blog from Ravelry. I'm also a mum of 4 and my #3 is a zipper kid. If you have questions at all you can get it touch with your local @Heart (formally Heart Children) branch and they will be able to help out.

Hootnz said...Best Blogger Tips

thankyou... will check this out :)

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