Monday, July 16, 2012

levi's heart update!

we had our follow up ultrasound today to check levi's heart. i was so anxious, so of course the normally always-on-time office was 30 minutes late in getting us in. after 30 minutes of ultrasound time, the tech left to talk with the doctor and was gone for almost 20 minutes, coming back to ask for two more pictures for the doctor.

the doctor came in when the tech was done and asked how the pregnancy was going, etc. my head was about to explode from waiting.

he said, "well, last time, there was a leak in the valve. on a scale from 1 to 10, one being the least and 10 being the most, the leak was about a 2 1/2 or 3. now it is more like a 1." he smiled, and said something about how he didn't really know why, but it was better.

then he said, "the chamber had been slightly enlarged, but now it is the same size as the one next to it." he smiled again, and didn't have an explanation.

so levi's heart has improved so much that the chamber is normal and the leak is so minor they are not concerned with it at all. he will live a normal life, and i will deliver in carbondale and not st. louis.

they do want us to have an ultrasound of his heart after he is born just to check things over, but the doctor doesn't expect them to find anything wrong at all.

i don't remember exact quotes from the doctor, but he seemed surprised. after he gave us the good news, i just exhaled and tried not to cry and leaned my head on justin's shoulder. we are so, so very happy.

and of course, we know the Explanation for levi's improvement.

Psalm 139
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.