Monday, September 13, 2010

3 Year Check Up - A little scary

Ashlyn is small for her age, I've always known that. It's in her blood. But when the nurse handed me a piece of paper with her assessment I was still kind of shocked. She is only in the 9th percentile for her height and 13th for her weight. Yep, she's going to be a petite girl. We don't have many petite people in my family. Actually, I'm the shortest in a long line of tall people. This includes grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins and I am bar far the shortest and I'm 5'8.

Her appointment went well until I advised the Nurse Practioner (who we opted to see instead of a doctor to shorten our wait time) that the doctor we saw last week, due to an illness, had mentioned a heart murmur yet again. I've had other nurses and doctors mention this, but only when she was sick, not during any well visits and I just wanted it checked out while she was well to make sure there was nothing there again.

Unfortunately, she advised us that there IS a heart murmur and referred us to Children's Mercy. She stated that it is very faint and isn't an emergency by any means, but better safe than sorry. Now I know that many people have had these all of their lives. I know some children outgrow them as they get older. I know that I shouldn't be worried, but if you knew the kind of luck my family has then you'd know I will always worry. She is scheduled for an ECHO in mid-October. I'm working on getting a new appointment though as it was scheduled at the wrong facility at the wrong time. *sigh*

I won't jump to the worst case scenario here, but still, I'm her mom. I worry. Forever. So keep us in your thoughts while we wait and hopefully all will be fine in the next month or so. Thanks!!


Bluepaintred said...

no doubt scary as hell! I know how innocent a heart mummer can be - I have one. I will spend time hoping and wishing that Ashlyn's gives her as much problem as mine has - which is to say; none.

Trisha (Ashlyn's Adoring Mommy) said...

I sure hope so too Shannon. Our appointment is not until October 25, so you can tell they aren't overly concerned. I am, but again, that's just because I'm the mommy. *smiles*

Jac said...

While you're right - many people have small murmurs for their entire lives, it's still scary. Especially when it's your little one they are talking about. I hope that it turns out to be just a little murmur left over from her recent illness!

(Hope you don't mind - I hopped over here from "Born Just Right")

Jen @ Born Just Right said...

Hang in there!! My dad had a strange heart pattern that hasn't hurt him at all (other than keeping him out of Vietnam and he had to quit caffeine).

Trisha (Ashlyn's Adoring Mommy) said...

Jac - I certainly don't mind that you found your way here from Jen's site. She's my idol. *smile* I am hoping that there is nothing to it, but glad they are having it checked out just in case. October 25th can't get here fast enough.

Jen - Thanks. She doesn't seem to have any other symptoms of heart problems so I'm very hopeful that its just something we keep an eye on, but never becomes a problem. :)