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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Good News - Bad News

The Good News: Zach's cardiology checkup was great! He was 31.5 lbs, 39" tall, pulse ox 93, bp good, and echo good. Dr. R. said his heart looks great! His fenestration (a hole they made during surgery that acts as a "pop-off valve" ) is still open, so Dr. R. is putting in the request to Charleston for a heart cath in March. They will place a coil to close it and have a look around to make sure all is well.

The best part of the appointment was when Dr. R. said "We are going to stop the Lasix." Woo hoo!!! I am so glad to get rid of that. In case you don't know, Lasix is a diruetic. Diruetics and preschoolers do not go well together. Basically, when we give it to him, we have to stay home for the next 2 hours so he can go tee-tee every 15-20 minutes. Trying to get a 4 year old to stop playing every 15 minutes to go potty results in lots of complaints. Dealing with accidents during this 2 hour period has been frustrating. Hopefully, he will do well off of it and we can be lasix-free from now on!

The Bad News: We thought Zach was on the mend, but he spiked a fever again this afternoon. He also has a bit of a cough. Daddy promptly called and got an appointment at the pediatrician. They tested for strep (negative), flu (negative), AND pricked his finger (white count normal). Poor guy! They are culturing the blood and strep swab.

So, we are not sure what is going on. All I know is that this little bug that's causing him to feel so bad has overstayed its welcome. We have places to be and people to see and TURKEY to eat!

Hope your Thanksgiving is full of blessings!


  1. I'm sorry that Zach isn't feeling better. We have missed him in class.

  2. oh my goodness! the diuretic days!!! ;) i have used those exact same words in my blog...tied to a bathroom for 2 hours. sooooo glad you can stop those and playtime can be playtime (without so many potty breaks!). ;)

  3. I'm SO glad that Zach's cardiology appointment went so well! Woo hoo!!! I sure hope he's feeling better soon!

    Happy Thanksgiving! (and go Gamecocks!! :)

  4. What a great Thanksgiving gift to get a great report from the doc! Now Mr. Zach just needs to kick this virus! Happy Thanksgiving to a wonderful family.


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