So we had Elijah's most recent appointment with the cardiologist to check out his heart. For those who don't know, he was born with a few minor heart defects. He had three tiny Ventricular Septal Defects (VSDs - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventricular_septal_defect) and one Atrial Septal Defect (ASD - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrial_septal_defect). They were first detected when one of the pediatricians checking on him in the hospital when he was first born heard a murmur. Evidently, this murmur was caused by the VSDs, but it's the ASD that's more concerning, according to the cardiologist at Children's Mercy. The three VSDs were tiny and apparently two of them have closed up. But he's still saying that Elijah may have to have some kind of procedure done for the ASD when he's older. It would be a catheter procedure most likely (so not surgery) and it would happen somewhere around the age of 5 if he has to have it done. However, the defects are not growing as he grows. In other words, though he's gotten bigger, the defects have remained the same size that they were when he was born so, relative to his current size, they are proportionally smaller.
We are supposed to go back in two years and, I believe, at that time he is going to determine whether it is necessary to do the catheter procedure to close up the ASD, even though the procedure wouldn't actually be done for another two years at least.
So blessings abound:
1. The doctor heard the VSD murmur. Even though the VSDs aren't important, if he hadn't heard the murmur, we would never have discovered the ASD.
2. Two of the VSDs have disappeared and the third one, the doctor isn't concerned about at all.
3. The ASD is not getting bigger and we may not have to do anything to correct it.
4. Even if we do have to do something to correct it, he shouldn't have to have surgery.
Continued prayers are appreciated!