Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Austins CHD Journey until now...

We found out we were pregnant with Austin Green in Novemeber 04. We were excited. We were going to have a healthy baby!!! At our 16 week OB checkup, Dr. Buckley decided we needed a fetal echocardiogram, because there was history of heart disease on my husband's side of the family. So at 19 weeks, we had a fetal echo. We found out it was a BOY and that his heart was HEALTHY!!! So we went about the normal pregnancy, eating, both of us getting fat, you know, the norm.
Austin was due July 22, 2005. Well, July 22 came and went... I was huge, but I did everything I could to go into labor. Nothing worked!! I walked, sex, everything I read that I could do. NOTHING! So we were induced on July 28. Couldnt wait! We brought our coloring books, lol. So we colored, and colored, and COLORED!!! Still, nothing. Austin was pretty comfortable where he was at. Friday evening, Dr. Buckley came in to check me and said, I will not be delivering, I am going on vacation... WHAT?!?!? I was worried. So early Saturday morning the "new" doctor came in... "you still are not dialated all the way.."
So at 4:30AM, the doctor came in and said if you want your family to be here, call them. We will be delivering by c-section around 6:30AM. So.... we called everyone to come in. Everyone was there by 6. The nurse came in and said that I had already dialated, we will wait.
WHAT?!?!? WAIT!?!?!? We have waited for 40 HOURS!!!!!!!!!!! So around 12:30 that afternoon, the doctor came in and said the baby was too big and I needed an emergency csection. FINALLY!!!!!!!
Austin was born at 1:46PM on July 30, 2005 weighing a healthy 9lbs. 13 oz. I lost a lot of blood and needed to stay a few extra days, thank GOD, because the day we were supposed to be released, the pediatrician came in and said that Austin had a heart murmur. We heard that and immediately we were scared! Austin was seen that day at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. He was diagnosed with Mild Pulmonary Stenosis.
Austin was followed closely. At 3 months, he had another checkup and nothing had changed. 6 months later, when he was 9 months old, he had another routine echo. There were several echo technicians in the room. One of them turned to us and asked if there was any history of down syndrome or Williams Syndrome in either family. We didnt know what Williams Syndrome was and we knew no one had Downs. So... Dr. Beekman, Austin's cardiologist, came in to talk to us and told us that Austin had severe aortic stenosis and he needed Open Heart to repair it.
The day after Austin's first birthday, he had open heart surgery. Dr. Manning was his surgeon. He placed a patch over the ascending part of Austin's aorta. Austin is checked yearly now and is the picture of health!!! THANK GOD!!!!!

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