3/19/14

Heart Checkup

Saturday we were up bright and early to head back to Seattle for a Monday morning heart checkup. When we got there we spent some time with Bev and Carla was able to pull out her second tooth - all on her own!  She was so excited and luckily the Tooth Fairy was able to find her in Renton.

Carla must have picked up another cold and wasn't feeling well Friday night. Her heart rate was elevated (140), which made sleeping for me nearly impossible.  I kept checking and checking her heart rate.  She had a low fever and that always contributes to a high heart rate but 140 was a little hard for me to deal with.  Luckily, it eventually went down after I gave her some Tylenol. On Saturday she still wasn't feeling the best and so pretty much laid around all night.  Sunday we went to Puyallup to visit Jenny and Morgan.  Even though she wasn't 100% we just had to visit while we were so close.  Morgan is Carla's "favorite"  and they had a fun time together (as did Jenny and I).  
Monday we were up bright and early to face the Seattle commute!  We left Renton around 7:35 and made it to Seattle by 8:30... so half an hour early.  With the traffic you never know how long the commute is going to take, so it's always better to be safe rather than sorry.  First we did an echo, then we saw Dr. Sabrina Law.  I told her about Carla needing an antibiotic every time she gets sick and she decided that she wanted us to follow up with pulmonary (even though her lungs sound clear).  She is convinced that Carla's lungs are still compromised, so isn't comfortable with discharging us from pulmonary all together (as suggested by our local Pulmonologist).  I guess we will head back to Seattle for that when we can get in with Dr. Debly.  As far as a heart checkup goes, Carla's heart looks good.  Her labs were good, other than her BNP was a little elevated from the month before, but that can happen with a cold and Carla wasn't 100% when we did labs.  We will repeat in 2 weeks and hopefully she will be well by then!  We have been on a sildenafil ween since January and Carla is down to 5 mgs 3 times a day, she has had more headaches since we started the ween and so the docs want us to take her blood pressure a few times a week for the rest of this month (especially when she has a headache.)  Unfortunately we don't have a blood pressure cuff (and they were out) so they wanted us to use the school nurse.  The school nurse doesn't have one, so we'll have to figure something else out.  It's kind of annoying... sometimes I think the doctors get a little out of touch with what it's like to be a normal person and parent.  It's not like everyone just has medical equipment available to them.  But, I digress.  

We came home yesterday  - there is nothing like Home, Sweet, Home, and we are happy to be here.  Here are some pictures from the trip :)

Love, Jen





After pulling out her tooth and feeling proud.  Bev is holding the tooth.  

Eating ice cream :)


Bev gives a thumbs up to Carla :)

Carla not feeling well and being snuggly.

Crashed out on Grandma Bev.  

Jenny and I at Red Robin with the girls :)

Carla and her Morgan.  

Carla was crabby at Children's, so this is how I cheered her up... funny face selfies always do the trick.  

There's a smile!

Anyone who knows me recognizes the eye roll.  

Us girls.

Zeeks Pizza to celebrate!

After our appointment, enjoying the beautiful day!!! 

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