Thursday, October 19, 2006
At the hospital the on-call pediatrician heard an extra little sound in Lucy's heartbeat. Then Dr. Joe heard it, but said, "it's nothing to get excited about". But today we went to the pediatric cardiologist he sent us to, and they did an EKG, and an ultrasound. The doctor said she has a tiny pinhole in the septum between her left and right ventricles. This is called a ventricular septal defect (VSD). That hole makes a little whistle sound when blood crosses (some oxygenated blood is getting over to the side that is not oxygenated yet), but it's not causing her any harm. He thinks it will close up on its own within a few months, almost definitely by 1 year. I am not worried about it, but it sure sounds dramatic - our baby has a hole in her heart! She's thriving so it's not having any adverse effects. I feel better knowing what it is that is making that little sound, and glad that the medical professionals aren't concerned (so neither should I be).
I also finally mailed the birth announcements that I made. I have to make a couple more for a couple people, but I sent over 50! I would not think we needed to send so many, but I hate to leave people out. It's only been 2.5 weeks so I think that's pretty quick to get them out.