The MRI today went well! The most stressful part was getting the IV in. They managed to get it into her foot (still the size of a doll's foot). Poor girl. She cried so hard. We were nervous that this would put too much strain on her heart. (and cause another heart stopping episode) After pacing the hall with her, someone took pity on us and gave us a private room. Thankfully, she settled after about 20 minutes and she was perfectly relaxed for the MRI. They bundled her up snuggly and used pads to protect her ears. We were told that the Doctors (three of them!) were really happy with the images they were able to get. The main goal of this is to see her pulmoary arteries. So far we have only been able to see the left one in the echos, and they also want to see if she has any other sources of blood flow from her heart to the lungs. (called collateral arteries) We should hear from our Cardiologist tomorrow. Here are a few pictures...
|Is our little girl really under all that?!|
One of the toughest things I saw today was a little girl about Abigail's age, sedated for her MRI. We talked a bit to her parents just before going in. They found a brain tumor 7 months ago and did chemo...but now they are seeing something else. I can't get her little hands out of my mind - they looked so like my daughter's hands. I wanted to run over and squeeze them - even though she wouldn't have noticed. Father in heaven, be merciful to them today.
Later today we had a chance to relax in our room a bit before Mom and our older two kids came to visit. They came for supper and a Pumpkin carving/Halloween party. They kids dressed up and did some fun activities with a bunch of other kids. Mom and I ducked out for a nice brisk walk around the duck pond while Dave took 'kid duty'. It was a great way to end the day.