- Natalie's heart looks better today than it did last Friday.
- Collective good will works wonders.
- Digoxin may be having a beneficial effect on Natalie's heart.
- Doctors don't know/can't explain everything.
- Geneticists may have a tendency toward pessimism.
- Doctors who truly care for you may be moved to tears and emotional displays if they find anything that suggests a less than perfect outcome for you and your family.
- The head of the pediatric heart center at the #1 hospital in NYC is no "Miss Mary Sunshine," and while he could never give us a clean bill of health based on his knowledge of our history and what he and his colleagues saw last week, he doesn't think we should walk around assuming that the outcome of this pregnancy will be the same as the last. He hasn't ruled out the possibility that Julian's condition was genetic, or that Natalie's heart will worsen, but felt that what he saw today was the best we could possibly hope for.
- I will still need to continue taking digoxin and having weekly fetal echocardiograms, but for today, we'll take any good news we get.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thank you, George Burns.
And thanks so, so, so very much to all of you for your collective good will, thoughts, prayers, finger crossing, emails, calls, cards, offers of help, and overall positive energy. Here's what we know as of today: