"When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" Psalms 56:3-4
It's amazing what comfort I immediately felt when I remembered that I needed to release all my worries to God and allow him to direct what ever happened today. I needed to not be afraid but to trust in Him. I was then able to get a little more rest before our appointment.
Here is what we learned about Caroline's heart at our appointment....
As of today Caroline's left ventricle is still quite small when compared to the right ventricle. However, the left side has continued to show growth over the past six weeks and is functioning properly. Praise God! This is what we wanted to hear!! As long as the left side continues to grow at the rate it has been, then Caroline should not need heart surgery. What great news this was to hear!
We are not quite out of the woods yet though. Now the area of concern is the aortic arch (artery that supplies blood from the heart to the body). The concern is, that after she is born, this artery may be too narrow (a defect called Coarctation of the Aorta) to supply adequate blood flow to the lower body. If this happens, then Caroline will need one surgery to repair the artery. Sometimes when this artery is repaired it allows the left side of the heart to grow to proper size. What a blessing this would be!! Once Caroline is physically hear her doctors will closely monitor her and be able to tell if she needs the surgery or not. Some babies need it right away where others do not show symptoms for several months.
Dr. Ayers said she felt very optimistic about Caroline's progress. Dr. Ayers also recommended we get lots of rest before Caroline arrives because she feels that our little squirt is going to be handful. She kept kicking the US tech and was very active during the entire appointment. Ha! What a little fighter we have!
We will not see Dr. Ayers again until I am 32-34 weeks in to my pregnancy. She would like to do one more ultrasound just before Caroline arrives to see how the left side has progressed. Please pray that the left side of her heart continues to grow in size and have proper blood flow.
David and I left the appointment feeling very confident that Caroline is going to be okay. Once again, God has shown us that if we trust in him, he will always come through.
Thank you to all who are following and praying for our sweet baby. Your prayers are being heard and I am forever grateful for your support!