Just shy of two weeks ago, I had a 31 week checkup on our precious Madelyn Brielle. Our doctor decided that even though the 20 week ultrasound showed no heart abnormalities we should go ahead and look again. I can still hear her saying, “just to be on the safe side”. So, she sent an expedited referral to a specialist and they scheduled an appointment. Then her nurse called, said 3 weeks away was not soon enough, and sent an expedited referral to a separate specialist who could get us in sooner. This was when I got nervous. So we waited…and we waited…and the days drug by. Call it luck, possibly intuition, or maybe God sending a message, but whatever it was that made the doctor so concerned, deep down we just knew.
Expecting the fetal echocardiogram to last up to two hours, I planned to have my bonus dad watch the girls while my mom held my hand. You see, she’s been here. She’s done this. I was born with Mitral Valve Regurgitation (or Prolapse) that eventually healed on its own but did leave me with a heart arrhythmia. In short my mitral valve allowed for blood to go back into my heart between pumps/beats, it eventually closed, and now my heartbeat is irregular.
Today, I learned that Madelyn has Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP). Again, in short, she has a hole in the muscle separating the lower left and right chambers of her heart and also her lower valve allows the back-flow as mine did. The question now is where do we go from here..? As the doctor we spoke with today said, “If something is wrong with the heart, this is the best thing that could be wrong”.
Once Little Miss arrives we will be able to get a better idea of how serious her case is. She will probably need an echocardiogram to check the size of the hole but for now it looks small enough to not need surgery and for this we are grateful. As her heart grows we will find out more and we will strive to make the best decisions we can to help her. For the most part she should be a regular happy child without restrictions but if the day comes and she needs us, we will be strong for her. Of course I have the motherly side that is wishing she could just be normal and healthy. At the same time I also know God is giving us this child for a reason and we accept that. He has a purpose. He has a plan. She is our blessing.