Dr. Kathryn Helmuth, an Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) physician, who was rounding in the nursery, heard a murmur in a newborn that caused her some concern. The baby was diagnosed with a condition called pulmonary atresia.
Bekah had a routine cardiology appointment a little over a month ago. For the last month I’ve been debating what to write about it and how I feel about what we learned there.
Before heart surgery, taking Rebekah to a doctor was a very simple task. Our only real worry (other than that she would catch something from someone else) was that she would cover the office, doctor and nurses in puke.
We’ve reached the point where, for us at least, everything revolves around Rebekah’s heart. If she isn’t eating, if she isn’t awake as much, if she isn’t gaining weight, if she’s fussy, if she just doesn’t seem right — is it heart related? Everything relates back to her heart for us, even if it doesn’t […]