Tuesday, July 07, 2009

A bittersweet day...

Exactly what our day was... my parents anniversary (Happy Anniversary to my wonderful parents, such a great example of love and endurance) and the day we found out baby boy #2 also has some heart defects. I will just copy and paste an email one of our friends sent out for us today.
Hello!I had not expected to use this email list again, but I’m glad it’s available! As many of you know, Faith had a fetal echo cardiogram with the pediatric cardiologist today. We already knew that Brody has 4 chambers, and we give God that glory. She just called from the appointment, as she learned that while Brody does have the 4 chambers, he has 2 holes (VSD's) in his heart. One large, and one small.This is considered a “common” heart defect. It will not be known until after birth, if he will need surgery or not. If surgery, it is usually taken care of with one surgery.Faith knows of 4 babies with this condition, and all required surgery.The dr. considers it a good chance that the smaller hole will close while Brody is still in utero. As you can imagine, they’re disappointed. But not disappointed enough to forget where their strength comes from… God and his earthly angels!Faith and Adam ask for prayers that both holes close on their own, and that Brody will not need surgery.Please add to that prayer for Faith and Adam to have strength and reassurance, as they come to understand this latest information.

19 comments:

Davis Family said...

Oh my goodness! We will pray and I know God will sustain you all.

allison said...

So sorry to learn this. We will pray for your family.

Katie said...

I'm sorry...that is a shocker. You'll all be in my prayers-

Alyson said...

You are always in our hearts and prayers!

Stephanie said...

Wow! Sorry for the bad news.

Drea said...

HUGS~~

April S. said...

Praying for Baby Brody and your family!

Stacey Eby said...

Praying for you all!

The Smith's said...

Faith - I will be praying for your family. For peace most of all. It's impossible to understand why God has asked you to walk this CHD road again, but I am praying He bolsters you and gives you hope as you process this news.

Ryan, Laura and Grace said...

Oh Faith and Adam, I am so sorry. I just wish so badly you didn't have to walk or should I say limp at times down this road again. I saw this verse today on another blog and couldn't help but think of you guys.

"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."- James 1:12

The Clinkscales Family said...

Oh Faith! My body just went numb as I read this. Actually I just realized I was staring at my computer with my fingers on the keys to type but instead of typing I was sitting here just shaking my head. I'm so sorry to hear this. Please know I will be praying for you and for a miracle.

Twinmommy2boys said...

So Sorry! Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Lily's Mama! said...

Hi Faith, I have been following your blog for sometime now, just have never left a comment.
I am so sorry that you had to get this news about your newest little one, after all you have gone through with Gavin. Sometimes you can't help but ask, "Why me?"
My daughter was born with a whole slew of heart problems, and a VSD was one of the many. It was a large one, that needed to be repaired, which they put a patch over it and all seemed well. They had told us that if that would have been her only problem, we could have waited until she was older to fix it. Most of the time, they don't need to be fixed right away, or that is what I have been told.
VSD's are still serious, Lily now has a residual ASD from her VSD closure. But they are leaving it alone, with all hope that it will close on it's own.
Both of your sons are now in our prayers. I hope the smaller hole closes while he is still in your tummy, and the larger one tries to start closing it's self.

Our Heart Hugs, Prayers and Blessings
Jenna, mama to Lilyana my CHD Warrior Princess

The Simmons Family said...

We are praying that Brody's holes will close up on their own. Sorry for the unexpected news. Prayers for an otherwise healthy baby Brody!!

Andrea

Suth-ern Mama said...

We will continue to lift up your family and now your newest addition with his special needs. May God close up those holes and manly intervention will not be necessary, but even so may God's glory prevail in each one of your lives!

The Smith's said...

Hi Faith-

You can definitely add Luke's blog to yours. I will add Mr. Gavin's to ours!

The Charles Crew said...

hi faith~
i have been a blog lurker for some time and have never commented. my daughter{now 1} was born with vsd, we were unaware of it until she was 2 months. after meeting with her cardiologist, we were told to wait and monitor the hole's size for the first year and see if it would close or get smaller by her one year birthday. at every appointment the hole got smaller and smaller until it had closed on it's own. i will be pryaing that the same would happen to your sweet baby boy.
blessings~jamie

Lisa Marie Trent said...

Faith I'm not sure what words would help comfort you. I really have none. But I have always thought, (as I only have one child, and he has HLHS) that if I had another, and it HAD to have some defect, I'd want it to be a heart one. That's weird to say, and people probably read that and think I'm insane. But I feel like I know so much about the heart now and I would know what I was in for. I can't imagine how you feel, but I hope you are comforted by some means, and Gavin will will have a heart buddy. They'll be SO close. Good luck with both of your cute boys.

Amanda Holbrook said...

Just to let you . Callie has a VSD. it's never been operated on and we just go see the cardiologist every 3yr for a ck-up. It doesn't cause her any problems, the only precaution is that she has to take special antibiotics before every dental appt to prevent an infection that could go to her heart.Maybe this side of the spectrum will help you see that not all VSD's are real scary and need surgery. i'm praying for you girl, especially your little man! xoxoxoxo