Friday, February 06, 2004

Our Little Braveheart

Evan was born on February 6th, 2004 at 2:15am. He weighed 9lbs. 6oz. and was 19 inches long. Evan received a 10 on his Agpar and we were so happy he was finally here and healthy. In the early morning hours nurses came to take Evan to the nursery for his 1st morning consultation by his pediatrician. He was gone a lot longer than the nurses had told us and we already had a visitor so, Eric went to find out how much longer they would have him. Eric was gone forever because I was still in Labor and Delivery and the nursery was on the other side of the hospital. The minute Eric came back into the room and I saw his face I knew something was wrong. He said they were taking him to the NICU that they were running some tests because they thought he might have an infection and needed antibiotics. I immediately wanted to be with my baby. I was wheeled to the opposite side of the hospital where I found my little one hooked up to machines and IV and doctors who were whispering. We asked what was wrong but, they said a specialist would be in to talk to us, we kept demanding that we wanted to know so finally the doctor turned and said, "Your son has been born with an Congenital Heart Defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot." We had never heard of this and we were confused and devestated. The specialist came and among all the beeps and machines tried to explain the condition, one thing I remember from that conversation was that, "this can be fixed." We hung to that hope. Evan was transferred to Kosair and I checked out and went to be with him. We spent five days at Kosair's NICU under monitoring and evaluation. That was the beginning of our little Braveheart's journey.