At her 9 month check up the pediatrician discovered that she had a heart mur mur. I said, "what does that mean?" He said, "well there is 2 kinds, one that you can live with and one you cannot." So I then said, what if it's the bad mur mur?" He replied, "well then she could die" WRONG thing to tell me!!! I left the checkup and balled my eyes out the whole drive home thinking my baby girl was going to die. Just writing this makes me tear up again!
So anyway, after a visit with a pediatric cardiologist we discovered she did have the bad heart mur mur...it was called ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) which is basically a hole in the heart. It is when the oxygenated blood mixes with the unoxgenated blood which causes stress on the heart which causes it to enlarge. The cardiologist hoped the hole in her heart would close on it's own, but it did not. In Sept of 1990 when she was 23 months old she had open heart surgery. This was such a scary time for us, but we had to trust the doctors. Her surgery was at Cedars Sinai in California which is known for being a really good hospital. She did awesome in the surgery and was home within 1 week.
Now today, Oct. 1st 2009 it is her 21st birthday and I have to say I am so proud to call her my daughter! She has grown into such a beautiful woman!! It is obvious she is beautiful looking, but she is even prettier on the inside!
Here's to you Aubrie....California's Jewel and our Jewel!