Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I suggested to Melody that it was time to let the entire family know about her heart condition since it was getting hard to keep track of who knew what. Today we had a follow up visit with her cardiologist to review her latest tests. In January she had an abnormal EKG which lead to an abnormal echo cardiogram, then to an MRI and nuclear medicine scan. What these tests have uncovered is that Melody was born with some abnormal veins from her lung to her heart and an atrial septal defect (abnormal hole between upper chambers of her heart). She does not have any symptoms from this that she is aware of. It has caused her heart to be enlarged. We are now going to see the Cardiologists at UCSF with plans to have corrective surgery in July. Her doctor assured us that this is not an emergency situation but that eventually she would need to have it corrected. Recovery from surgery would take 6 weeks, but she would be able to return to full activity after 8 weeks.