Friday, March 28, 2008



Kelsey and I had a regular visit with Dr. Barford (our Perinatologist...which is a high risk pregnancy doctor). Things went as well as we could hope for. Typically, when a child is diagnosed with HLHS before they are born the left side of his/her heart is extremely underdeveloped. In Mason's case the right and left sides of his heart are of normal size. Dr. Barford was somewhat surprised to see this because at this stage of the pregnancy (28 weeks) the left side of the heart is usually shriveled up or non-existent. This does not mean that Mason has a normal heart because the left side has scarring and does not function properly. It does mean, however, that it would be much easier for the surgeons to perform surgery on him. Obviously a surgeon would rather perform a surgery on a plum rather than a raisin.

At 28 weeks Mason is about 3.5lbs. and the size of a baby at 29 weeks. This is good news since we want a big and strong baby when he is born because of what he is going to have to endure. However, Kelsey may not be so excited to have a big baby...but she's willing to take one for the team.

We have another appointment at Children's Hospital on April 11th. I'm sure we'll have lots of good information for you afterwards.

Thanks and God Bless!!

Greg & Kelsey

1 comment:

Ashlee Dickson said...

Hey glad to hear that everything is looking good as can be expected. Ash and I are praying for you, if you ever need anything don't hesitate to call. Love you guys