Ventricular Septal Defect

Or rather known as VSD or simply – a hole in your heart.

When Keira was two days old they told us they heard something “off” in her heart. There was a murmur and we needed to have it checked out as soon as possible. We were discharged when she was three days old and on her sixth day of life we were headed to the pediatric cardiology area of the hospital.

I wasn’t too worried – on the outside. On the inside I was thinking the worst. We met her doctor and he asked us questions about her eating habits and if when she cries if she turns blue. Lord – if she turned blue I don’t know what I would do! But no – she had no problems breathing or crying. He said that was a good sign. He then told us that we would have to have an EKG and an Echo done on her – that day.

We have to take off all her clothes except for her diaper – and it’s cold in doctor’s offices so we bundled her up in a blanket. I forget which test they did first but they stuck all these sticky things to her chest and attached wires to them for the first one. She cried the whole time and then she wouldn’t take a paci at all….they had to put sugar-water on it and even then she wouldn’t take it. She wanted to be held but we couldn’t. All we could do is stand there and try to calm her down while she laid on a table on her blanket with all these wires hooked up to the things on her tiny chest.

I thought the next procedure would be easier but it was just as hard. They took all the sticky things off her from the first one (which she didn’t like) and then stuck them right back on her for the next one! I thought – couldn’t you just have left them on her? The second test went just like the first – she cried the whole time. It took forever for them to get what they needed.

In the end – they told us she had a Ventricular Septal Defect. To get more in-depth about it: (from WebMD).
A ventricular septal defect (VSD), also called a hole in the heart, is a common heart defect that’s present at birth (congenital). The defect involves an opening (hole) in the heart forming between the heart’s lower chambers, allowing oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood to mix.

A baby with a small ventricular septal defect may have no problems. A baby with a larger ventricular septal defect or associated heart defects may have a telltale bluish tint to the skin (cyanosis) — due to oxygen-poor blood — often most visible in the lips and fingernails. Ventricular septal defects are sometimes not diagnosed until adulthood.

Fortunately, ventricular septal defect is treatable. Many small ventricular septal defects often close on their own or don’t cause problems. Larger ventricular septal defects need surgical repair early in life to prevent complications. Some smaller ventricular septal defects are closed to prevent complications related to their location, such as damage to heart valves. Many people with small ventricular septal defects have normal, productive lives with few related problems.

They didn’t show us the images or explain anything on the tests they did. All they said was that they wanted her back in there sometime around her third month for another EKG and Echo. She was three months on the 18th and her appointment is today.

At her last pediatrician appointment he said he could hardly hear the murmur anymore – which is good. I was worried about going alone today. Seth is in school and Jeremy has school and work. I went to my in law’s house yesterday (Granmaw and Big Daddy – Jeremy’s dad and step mom) and found out that Granmaw was taking a vacation day today and she offered to go with me. Keira will take her paci for Granmaw and Aunt Crystal and sometimes at daycare – never for me or daddy.

I am nervous about today – but at the same time I know she will be okay. If for some reason they say it’s still there this time – they may have to go in and surgically close it. At least that’s what they said at her first appointment with them. I will let you know how it goes tomorrow.

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