Superhero Heart Run- Sunday Oct. 23
October 22, 2016
November 18, 2005, God blessed us with our precious daughter, Makenzie. Derek & I were so excited to have a healthy baby girl! After we brought her home, we couldn't figure out why she was so fussy. We took several trips to the doctor's office the first two months of her life. The doctors said we just had a baby with acid reflux... which turned into a colicky baby... & every baby breathes fast. Derek and I knew something didn't seem right and we just couldn't figure out what. At Makenzie's two-month check-up, our nurse practitioner heard a heart murmur. They proceeded to tell us, "it's probably nothing... lots of babies have holes in their heart that close within time... but since Makenzie has had a lot of issues, we'll make an appointment with the cardiologist.
I will never forget the day we had our first cardiology appointment. Makenzie had an EKG, chest x-ray, and then we waited for Dr. M to look at the results. Instead of Dr. M coming to our room, Makenzie was taken to have an ultrasound. We watched as the radiologist and cardiologist took tons of pictures. After the ultrasound was done, we went back to our room to wait for the results. I only remember Dr. M coming in and introducing himself and telling us that he was really sorry! I just started weeping. He said, "Makenzie has a heart defect called Transitional Atrial Ventricular Septal Defect... this is what her heart looks like.... she's going to need open heart surgery probably before she's a year old..." It was something like that. I really can't remember the details. It was all a blur. We expressed our concern with her breathing and he was pretty sure it didn't have anything to do with her heart. So, he referred Makenzie to a pulmonologist to see if she might have some asthma issues going on. The pulmonologist confirmed that Makenzie had asthma as well!
Our world was crashing right before our eyes. First open-heart surgery and then asthma! That was a lot to take in. On July 10, 2007, Makenzie had open-heart surgery at 18 months of age. There is no way to describe the feeling of letting your child go into the arms of the surgeon not knowing what the outcome of the surgery will be. I think that was one of the hardest times in my life. She has been through two acid reflux tests, allergy testing, one open-heart surgery, one hospitalization for breathing difficulties due to sickness with asthma, and an upper endoscopy. Makenzie was on medications for acid reflux & asthma while she was young and started weaning off of them at age 7! We are so grateful to God for blessing her with such a successful surgery and we pray that she will not need another surgery in the future. We are also grateful to the doctors, surgeon, and nurses that have provided care for our daughter! With God's help, they saved her life!