In the past few weeks I have found that I have put the blog on the back burner, however this has not been by choice. I have had a weight hanging over my shoulders and yesterday that weight was lifted by 3 little words: "He is Fine".
When my son, Colin, went for his 6 week check up our doctor detected a heart murmur so she referred him to a paedatric doctor in the Regional hospital. Now I know that babies will often grow out of heart murmurs but the worry was still there, even though our doctor felt that it was minor and nothing to worry about. She said that referring us to the paedatric doctor was more of a precaution than anything else.
As I mentioned Colin was 6 weeks old when the murmur was detected but we were put on the waiting list and heard nothing until January of this year. The letter arrived stating that the appointment would be on the 12th of March, by then Colin would be 9 months old and would have had to wait over 7 months to be checked up. The worry was there all along but more so for the past number of weeks with the appointment looming over our heads. I always had the constant worry that maybe my little baby still had the murmur and that it would mean having to have different types of tests and treatments.
Our appointment was for 10.15 but because there was torrential rain outside I decided to leave early so that we arrived in the hospital at 10. As it turned out because of the rain nobody had turned up for the earlier appointments so Colin was seen straight away! We left the hospital 22 minutes later. It was the fastest hospital visit I have ever had!
The doctor called us in and checked Colin's heart along with his pulse on his leg and wrist. It took only 5 minutes and then those glorious 3 words were utterred: "he is fine"! He also added another 3 wonderful words: "he's absolutly thriving". Needless to say that this was one worried momma no more! The doctor said that small babies often develop "Innocent" heart murmurs but that they usually grow out of them within a few weeks. He said that this is because their heartbeat is quite fast so creates a "noise" when the GP checks their heart through a stethoscope.
3 little words gave us the relief that we needed for the past 7 months and now we can concentrate on worrying about every other thing in life except for this. Although I am never without a worry in my head, I now dont have a major worry and that feels so good!!!
Until the next time, always remember to be:
Dee-Termined To Glam & Glow