My aunt drove in from Lufkin to go to the appointments with us (thanks KK!) and she snapped a few shots of our family (the 3 of us) before we headed out this morning.
|27 weeks and 5 days|
Since our last appointment the cardiology team did some research and reviewed Preston's films more, and today they could clearly see what they were looking for. Preston's heart has an aortico-left ventricular tunnel. (see blue arrows below) I've included a picture below but this is the gist of it. There is a tunnel in his heart that should not be there that is letting his blood flow back into his heart (specifically the left ventricle). The regurgitation of the blood is causing the left side of his heart to become enlarged and dilated.
The good news is that if Preston can make it another month at least without developing congestive heart failure and hydrops (which carries a 90% mortality rate) in utero then the surgeons could close this tunnel once he's born and he could be healed. Of course there are so many factors that come into play... will he remain stable long enough after birth to perform the surgery and will his left ventricle function properly after birth and after the surgery? Only time will tell... only God knows at this point.
We are specifically praying that I do not develop hydrops, which means that Preston develops congestive heart failure, in the womb. As of today this is not the case, but it looks like I will be followed every week at this point to monitor for that. The prognosis does not look good if that happens.
We were basically told that the odds of survival are about 50/50. I'm at peace with this. With odds like that I just have to know that this is in God's hands. Is there any other way to look at it? He guided us today, He placed the right people in our lives at the right time. His timing was perfect. I can't give full justice to the situations He presented today through words especially on a blog. You really had to be there to believe it. At one point my aunt said, "Wow, that was divine intervention." Good or bad, He's in control of this situation. He reminded us of that over and over today.
That's all for now. I'm now retiring to the couch with my hubby for the rest of the evening. We have a fun and busy weekend planned, but I wanted to be sure to get an update in before the hustle and bustle of the weekend. I'm good. We're good. We're peaceful. And we love you guys for loving us, thinking of us, and praying for us.