Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Penny on the Track

Did you know that one out of every 100 babies born has a heart defect? I gave birth to one.

Did you know that having a baby with a heart condition raises the likelihood of having a second baby with a heart condition to just 4%? I had a second one, too.

Did you know Pookie's cardiologist gave her a 50% chance of survival during her first heart infection?

Did you know she had 2 life-threatening MRSA infections - first in her heart and then in her bloodstream? She survived both.

Did you know in 15 years of practicing medicine, T's otolaryngologist had never treated a child post-T&A (tonsil- and adenoid-ectomy) with a blood transfusion due to the amount of blood lost after surgery? Until T.

Did you know appendicitis is rare in children under the age of 2? Sashi's appendix was removed in July.

Did you know that finding out your 5 year-old is positive for H1N1 can put your life into an absolute tailspin for an entire day as you field questions and seek answers from the pulmonologist, the cardiologist, and the pediatrician?

I feel like someone left a penny on the railroad track of my life.

Did you know leaving a penny on a railroad track will not actually derail the train?

Good to know.
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