Another Sigh of Relief
We had Owen’s check-up with his surgeon in Portland today. It was a fantastic visit. His lungs look great, his diaphragm looks great, his pectus looks great, his heart looks great!
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The doctor said that if a radiologist looked at the x-ray and didn’t know Owen’s history they wouldn’t be able to tell that his lungs were any different than any other infants. They look normal!
His diaphragm is still completely intact and shows no sign of re-herniating.
His pectus excavatum (the curvature in his chest) has lessened considerably. The comparison between this x-ray and the one in January is surprisingly better.
His heart which has been pushed to the side since he was in-utero due to a smaller right lung and larger left lung is now in about the “normal” heart position.
Our next check-up is in three months. If all is ok again then we are released from his surgeon’s care.
I just have to give a shameless plug to Owen’s surgeon Dr. Bliss. He is an amazing and wonderful man. He is incredibly gifted in the miracles that he is able to perform in the operating room but in addition to that he has the most wonderful bedside manner. He came in to our appointment today and put on a pair of pink and purple kids sunglasses and asked Owen how he was and Owen just smiled up at him. Dr. Bliss has an air about him that must make little kiddos feel very at ease (as well as the parents) because he was able to pick up Owen and snarfle his belly and neck and Owen loved it and didn’t even know he was being examined.
If you are ever in need of a pediatric surgeon, and I pray you aren’t, I would recommend Dr. Bliss a hundred times over!
This song has been in my head all day, we used to sing this when the offering was given at the church I grew up in:
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.