Saturday, January 09, 2010

Things have been good for the most part, which has been nice. I hope everyone had a good holiday season!

January and February are full of check-ups for Miles. Next week we see pulmonology for the first time. Miles was in the hospital in November and diagnosed with asthma. The pediatrician says they may want to do a lung function study. His asthma is strange in that he doesn't wheeze or have an 'asthma attack' - he coughs. Dry, unproductive coughs - and he can't stop - has a hard time talking, eating, taking meds but never really appears to be in distress besides the constant coughing until the 'attack' passes (with lots of help from xopenex and pulmicort). He was admitted another time in November for a seizure but has been doing amazingly well since.
His pulse ox has been lower than usual too but that could be the asthma. He sees cardiology in early February, then neurology and then renal. He has been off of the BP meds for a while now and has done really well.

He has had lots of questions lately about when he will have surgery next and what kinds of things the doctors will do to his heart, how they will get to his heart, stuff like that. Those are trying to answer without scaring him. I tell him we don't need to worry about when he will have surgery again - we trust our doctors and let them worry about that for us. When it is time they will tell us :) Last word from the doc was that a stent will be done before the next open heart anyway - which should add a few years to the conduit so I feel pretty safe that the conduit replacement is still a good way off.

Thanks for checking on my little man! :)

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