Update

October 15, 2011 mommytoaheartkid
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Sometimes I forget that there are people that read my blog that I am not friends with on facebook.  And I forget that I should update here once in a while, too.

We went to the cardiologist’s on September 26th.  Everything looked fine.  Sating at 93%, we believe the fenestration (hole) from the Fontan has closed.  (Yay!!)  But, they still want to do a catheterization in the spring.  This is the FIRST time I have ever agreed with the Doc when he said, “See you in 6 months!”  (I usually protest and make up reasons why we should see him again in 3 or 4 months.)  His new thing, (ever since I KNEW something was wrong after her 2nd surgery, and she ended up needing the emergency, LVOTT procedure) is “Give me two valid reasons.”  Last time I said 4 months and my two reasons were: “Because you just said you want to keep a close eye on her fenestration due to her stroke and she has a tendency to pull something funky after everything goes so well.”  He agreed.  This past visit I asked if we could stop her Plavix.  “Give me two valid reasons why I should consider this.”  1.)  It’s a pain in the butt to travel with, since it has to be refrigerated and 2.)  It’s such a new medication that there is really no long-term proof of whether it is good (or safe) to be used with a regular aspirin regimen.  He rolled his eyes at my first reason, but agreed with my second, and thus NO MORE PLAVIX!!!  Back to 2 medications a day!

School:  I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa (National Honor Society for two year colleges.)  I’m very proud.  I have a 3.8 GPA, and I have worked, raised a special needs child, and run a household all while attaining that average.  I FINALLY got accepted into the Nursing Program for next fall.  (2012.)  That’s when I actually get to take nursing classes and go to clinical!  This semester is really boring, with Health Science Seminar (which I should have taken earlier because it is to help you figure out where you want to go with your career and give you study tips for Anatomy and Physiology, when I have already taken both of them and got 4.0’s in both.

Ben just applied to school though, and is going for machining.  I think that is a wonderful, dependable career that he will really like.  I’m proud of him.

The only good thing about this semester and psychology class is that my teacher is making us read “Tuesdays with Morrie.”  I read this book when I was in 7th or 8th grade, but I’m so glad to be re-reading it now.  It’s one of those books that you should re-read throughout life, because each time you’re going to get something new out of it.  It’s one of those books that truly inspire you, and if you’re a motivated person, it will actually change your life.

Legislation:  As you may know, I was the one who started the Pulse Oximetry efforts in Maine.  (Each state has an advocacy group that is working on making Pulse Ox mandatory on newborns.)  We have 15 days until the Legislative Council meets and decides if it will be voted on in the January 2012 session.  I’m pretty nervous.  I have put a lot of effort into this.  I have written OpEds, numerous emails, spent many hours on the phone, and most recently  I did a radio interview.  (I believe we are going to do a news segment about it soon, too!!)  It’s all very, very, exciting but very, very exhausting.  It’s a full time job in itself.

And after writing all that I just did, I’d like to state that I am very proud of myself.  Although my life is not perfect, and there are many things that I want but just can’t quite reach, for the most part I am very pleased with and very content about where I am in life.  For just having turned 22, I’ve accomplished quite a bit.

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Entry Filed under: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness,Congenital Heart Defects,Life with a CHD,Tricuspid Atresia

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruth  |  October 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Wow. Way to go girl!! You sound very busy but on top of everything. We just started our pulse ox campaign here in WV and I hope we have the same success!

    • 2. mommytoaheartkid  |  October 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      Good luck! It’s a long haul, but SO wroth it!!

  • 3. Iris  |  October 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Wow! You have accomplished more in the past three or four years than some do in a lifetime. So very happy that Ava is doing well and that your schooling is paying off after all your hard work. Congratulations on starting nursing school next fall. I am also very happy for Ben. You are and will continue to be a great spokesperson for Pulse Ox. Always love your posts. Peace.

    • 4. mommytoaheartkid  |  October 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      Always love to get your comments! Thank you very much. I really hope all is well with you. ❤

  • 5. Monica Claire  |  April 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Gosh I’m having a hard time commenting! But I really have enjoyed reading your blog, and your inspiring me to start one for my daughter, Maya, who is almost 4 with HLHS.


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