This is not a post that in a million years I thought I would be writing. I am so humbled by God's grace and protection over our little girl.
Tuesday morning Georgia started having a dry cough and feeling a bit punky. I picked her up after an hour of preschool and we cuddled up at home thinking she just had a cold....
until she started saying she was dizzy...
and the dark circles under her eyes got darker.
I threw the pulse ox on her and found that her oxygen was only at 80.
It perked up again after a few minutes and she seemed to be ok so I thought maybe I was just paranoid.
Then it happened again, and again.
Each time her pulse and her oxygen would drop at the same time while she was laying down saying she felt dizzy.
So I called the Cardiologist.
The nurse suggested we take her to our family practice doctor because surely it was just a cold.
Our family practice doctor is amazing.
He is a Godly man who loves our family.
By the time we got to his office all Georgia wanted to do was lay down.
When they put the pulse ox on her the nurse seemed to get nervous.
I looked down and saw her oxygen in the 70s and her pulse in the low 50s...
at that point I looked away and focused on comforting Georgia knowing there was no way her heart should be doing these things.
What I didn't see was that her pulse dropped to the 40s and her oxygen into the 60s.
Dr. Joe came in and spent a long time listening and listening and listening some more to her heart.
At one point he asked me to cover the vent in the room with a box because he was trying so hard to listen to her.
The he said, " Her heart murmur is so loud this time that I cannot hear her lungs."
He called the on call Cardiologist and long story short...after a hospital visit for a chest x-ray and ekg,we wound up in the Cardiologist's office yesterday morning.
Before the echo her Cardiologist and I talked. I love that man. He is wise and kind and takes lots of time with families. He gets that Georgia is a, in his words, "bit of a mystery."
In talking he just could not figure out how she was getting those numbers.
He suggested we may have to go the neurology route again if we couldn't find anything, that maybe she was having seizures.
So we went into the "roll, roll, roll" as Georgia calls it (otherwise known as we the echo)
All was going along like normal when all of a sudden the Cardiologist said,
"Stop! Stop! Go back!"
You see the tech had turned the echo wand just right and for the first time caught that she has another hole in her heart!
She has a PFO (patent foramen ovale).
These are not a huge deal in a 'normal' heart,
but in a repaired TOF heart with a failing pulmonary valve they become a big deal.
Basically, this PFO is allowing 'blue' unoxygenated blood to flow into Georgia's bloodstream which then causes low oxygen levels.
This could be what has been causing her to struggle for the last 2 years!
Whether it is or not we are fixing it quickly because it can cause other complications...some of them serious.
She bhas been at risk all this time and we did not know it...
but God did.
And He has protected her every single day.
So October 2nd she will have heart surgery via catheter to close this hole and hopefully once again be on the road to recovery!
I am stunned at God's goodness for the protection and the revealing of what He has known all along!