Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: More Miracles

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More Miracles

You are my special angel
Sent from up above
The Lord smiled down on me
And sent an angel to love

-- "You Are My Special Angel" (Bobby Helms)

We just returned from the children's cardiology center. There has never been any danger of the staff forgetting Erik. They are amazed at how much he has grown. Erik walked right into the nurses' station singing "You Are My Special Angel," which is our song. Stinky Dog was allowed to come on this adventure, and Erik introduced him to the ladies. Luckily, he was less stinky than he usually is.

Erik previously received a DVD on John Deere tractors for his birthday from his friend Brandon in Portland. It is now on his top 10 list of favorite things. I brought it along to give to the technicians, and it was placed in the DVD player, much to Erik's delight. He also took advantage of the little wooden train set. For the very first time, Erik allowed himself to be weighed (35.7 lb.) and measured with a little reassurance from Brian, and his blood pressure and pulse were done without tears. Ten leads were placed on his chest, and an electrocardiogram was performed. The technician printed him his own sheet of graph paper striped with the jagged peaks and valleys of his heartbeat. The lights were then turned down, and I snuggled up to Erik on the bed as the skin on his bare chest was dotted with more stickers clipped with wires. Even Stinky had a sticker placed on top of his head.

It was over before we knew it. No sedation required. As an added bonus, the technician now is quite knowledgeable about steam tractors.

After the study, Dr. T came in to explain what she had seen on the study. Miraculously, there is no narrowing whatsoever in the blood vessels they imaged. Surprisingly, the study was suggestive of a bicuspid aortic valve (or two of three leaflets sticking together), and they will look at this again next year. However, this was merely an incidental finding.

We said our goodbyes, and a photo was snapped of Erik to place on the wall. We then walked over to the orthopedic center to look for our neighbor behind the coffee counter, but she was not working yet. The woman working in her place assured Erik she would tell her he had stopped by to visit, and I bought a couple chocolate chip cookies before we headed back home.

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Blogger Amy said...

Yay! good news for another year.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

So glad it went well!
We were thinking of you today!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gua said:
Hurray! It's a day to celebrate.

The bad news is, Bobby Helms also did Jingle Bell Rock. Special Angel is wonderful; just don't ask me to forgive him for the other!

Love, Mom

1:30 PM  
Blogger KELLY DOMBROSKI said...

Great News! I am glad things worked out !

4:00 PM  
Blogger camille said...

Ahh, I'm so glad that's over for you. It's so stressful going to those appointments but I am so glad to hear all is well with Erik :) Wonderful news!! Have a glass of wine for me in celebration, would ya??

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Auntie Cinnamon~ said...


Love the photo of Erik and Stinky Dog! He is just one precious boy!

We are sooooooooo excited to see you all real soon!!

Brogan says pass the pie Erik! lol!

Hugs to you all!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Such great news all around!!!

2:28 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

great news!

4:57 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I am glad you got good news and even happier it was without sedation.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Ginabeana67 said...

Oh that's great news, Nancy! No sedation too? Terrific!

12:56 PM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

There was so much love in this post, as always though.

I'm so happy he's ok!

Love to both of you!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

what a wonderful doctors visit! Thank goodness for no sedation, cooperation, and good news!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

:):):):):) Happy days!

4:48 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Nancy ~ I am so happy to hear that Eric is still doing so well. Your angel is truly a GIFT from above! ~ jb///

3:08 PM  

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