Wednesday this week (I feel like a huge slacker- we’ve just been enjoying our hospital-free time!) Piper had her follow-up with the Heart Institute to get her stitches removed and to give her another check.
Kind of ironic that heart problems were the one thing we thought we had gotten out of, and we find ourselves in Cardiology…
Anyway, we started out downstairs and did a repeat chest x-ray since the one she had the morning she was discharged showed that her alveoli weren’t fully inflated (which was the suspected culprit of her needing the O2 when she slept).
We got upstairs to the Heart Institute for her appointment. The first nurse we met with was super nice. They took her measurements (the height growth spurt continues! Up to 26.5”) and checked her out on the pulse ox (up to 98%! Her high when we discharged was more like 94%, again because she wasn’t breathing as deeply as she should be). She took us to a room and we waited for another nurse. The second lady had the excitement level of my wooden fence outside. Is that mean?
Of course, the visit started with Piper showing off how little the surgery has affected her ability to do complicated yoga stances. The nurse, who wasn’t overly impressed (lol), took out her three stitches, which has to feel better. On the top and bottom of the incision, they had little stitches, under which they put a little metal clamp to keep it from sinking in to the skin. Totally makes sense, but had to feel even better to get removed. She did pretty good with them, but the top one bugged her and bled some. I’m glad to have it over!
Her xray looked perfect, which makes me think that her O2 levels should be better all around.
I talked to the nurse a little bit about what I can and can’t do with Piper. I told her about my dilemma in the learning to walk thing; she said that they really hate to limit post-operative activities when it means hindering developmental milestones. In other words, she wouldn’t say that it’d probably be okay, but if we did happen to catch her under her armpits, it wouldn’t be life-altering. I still haven’t quite gotten the nerves up to try it much; still gives me the willies…
Then she said that we were free-and-clear from Cardiology- whew! I kind of figured they’d want to see her before they gave her the okay to return to normal in 6 weeks. NOT that I’m complaining about one less doctor’s appointment.
Piper’s really starting to heal now. The glue they used on her was itching her- badly- and now that it’s pretty much completely gone, she seems to be happier, too. I still need to schedule the sleep study, which is on my to-do list for this week. I can’t believe that our follow-up with the ENT is week after next. Can’t say I’m quite ready for that.
OH- and a question for all the heart Moms out there- Piper’s sternum really sticks out now. She’s nice and pointy. You can kind of see it in this picture- just hoping that your kids did it, too- should sink back down, right???