Update

Olivia saw Dr. Heller this morning.

Our first stop was the lab to get her INR level checked. I brought along a candy necklace for distraction sake and we did the blood draw without the numbing cream (yay!).

Then on to see Dr. Heller who was wearing scrubs! I don’t think I’ve ever seen her wearing scrubs so it was a bit shocking to me :). She looks cute!

Olivia is the same weight and height as two weeks ago (14.7kg – 32lbs, 39″). Dr. Heller didn’t bother with the EKG today – she just listened to Olivia’s lungs and heart. She commented that her chest tube scar looks really good (the one that was infected). We still have a scab on it but it’s looking much better.

Next was an EKG – the backflow is still there but no WORSE (or better) than it was post surgery. On a great note, it appeared there was NO more fluid in her chest (wooHoo!). To confirm we headed down to xray.

Xray was pretty quick and then back up to Dr. Heller’s to verify the xray looked good. She had me into their conference room and we compared the xrays from today, two weeks ago and 3/10 (our pre-op appt). The xray looked AMAZING. Interestingly enough, Olivia’s diaphragm on the left is a bit higher than on the right – it’s just the way she is made.

So the “plan”:

  • Increase enalapril to 3ml 2x a day to help with the back flow
  • Stop lasix all together (woohoo!)
  • Come back in TWO MONTHS!
  • I got a couple pics of Dr. Heller with Olivia that I’ll post in the next few days.

    Of course we cannot go too long without talking to Dr. Friedman – Olivia must think that she’ll be jealous that Dr. Heller’s been dealing with us alone LOL. So tonight I noticed her cheeks are red and bumpy (great). We first called Diana to confirm Olivia didn’t eat anything new or unusual today. Then I called Dr. Friedman’s cell and we both came to the conclusion it’s an allergic reaction to the Keflex. So we gave her a dose of benadryl and we didn’t give her an antibiotic tonight. Tomorrow we’ll start back with the amoxicillin.

    Never a dull moment!!!

    Olivia started back at Diana’s yesterday. And it is so NICE to have things back to normal again. She’s feeling GREAT; running around and life is just SO GOOD. The first three months of 2008 was sheer hell waiting for the surgery and now … it’s just perfection.

    And now I’m going to share a secret with you all that I ask you do NOT share with the girls as this is their joint birthday gift. We’re taking the girls to DISNEY WORLD in August! We were going to wait until next year but honestly, we just need to get away and be a normal family again in our favorite place in the World! For us, there’s nothing more enjoyable than Disney together. We’ll be there for our 12th wedding anniversary.