Friday, January 09, 2009

Good News from Dr. C!

Mia had her annual cardiology appointment this morning at Children's Hospital. I have to admit that I've been dreading it all week. Last year's visit was still fresh in my mind and it was not a pleasant experience. Getting an EKG is not a lengthy procedure, but we had a very long wait in the waiting room and then a much longer wait in the office. The wait was filled with many, many tears from a two-year old who wanted nothing to do with being there. But, I'm happy to report that Mia was a champ this morning. She didn't cry once and although I needed to coax her a bit into putting the EKG stickers on, she finally obliged and laid back on my lap and relaxed. Then her favorite Dr. C came in to give us the good news. Mia's ASD (hole between the heart's upper chambers) has closed!! WOO HOO!! Mia was a Waiting Child and we knew about her VSD (hole between the heart's lower chambers) before we adopted her, but we found out about the ASD after her first ultrasound was done here at home. I'm so happy that one of her two openings has closed on their own. Mia's cardiologist doesn't have any concerns about the VSD and still believes she may never require surgery to close it. Another WOO HOO!! And now I'm kicking myself for wasting precious energy dreading the appointment this morning. It turned out to be a great one! Thank you, God!!

A flashback to last year's appointment... Mia was NOT a happy camper.


And much different today...
"Hey, look Mom. No cry."


"Look at my stickers."


"Cool, huh?"


"I just love my Doctor C."


Mia was sick while we were in China (bronchitus) and was poked and prodded by numerous Dr.'s there, and several more when we returned home. Whenever anyone wanted to listen to her heart, she would protest VERY loudly. But not Dr. C. From Day One, he was able to listen to her heart and she didn't make a peep. I call him her "baby whisperer." I don't know if it's because he's Asian or something else that makes her feel so comfortable around him, but she definitely likes this guy. He walked in the door today and she immediately lifted up her sweater so he could hear her heart - even without him asking. I was so proud of my big girl today.


"Hey look folks. I got good news from Dr. C today!"


Joanne said...

Oh that is wonderful news! My Mia was a WC (VSD) - her hole was the size of a nickel from her China reports and now it is the size of a pin hole! We have her next appt next month...I am dreading it also - she has a deep fear of doctors, doctors offices, etc. I hope I am pleasantly surprised as your were! Your Mia is precious and again, congratulations!!

Heather said...

OH YES!!! I am so happy with this post:) What a blessing, wonderful news, Michelle, answered prayer. Thank you so much for sharing this special day with us. Mia - you rock, sweetie and I know Mommy is so incredibly proud of you (not to mention overjoyed with Dr. C's news).

A good weekend with some celebrating, indeed!

Love you guys,

Mom To Six said...


Wooohooo! Praise God! I know that feeling of hearing that the "hole" has closed up! Amanda was born with a VSD. It was closed by Mia's age.

Dr. C looks like such a gentle man. And I gotta say, that last picture is worthy of being on the cover of The American Journal of Medicine. :)



Steffie B. said...

Awesome.....what an answered prayer.....our little guy has minor VSD. I can't wait to get him home.

Have a great weekend....

Donna said...

Great news! And, oh my Goodness, Mia is a little cutiepie! I don't think I've ever seen happier pictures in a Doctor's office!

Looks like 2009 is off to a great start for you and your family!


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Anonymous said...

Mia - I am so glad that you had a great visit with Dr. C this morning - your Mommy sure sounded proud!!!

Michelle, What wonderful new for you guys!! Sorry I didn't know about the appt - or I would have added it to my daily prayers for your family to be "complete" (although I do remember Leila's comment on the "next one from Russia"!) Thanks for the comment on my blog - I still love going to see what Leslie did!

God Bless and wonderful weekend wishes to you all! Ashley

a Tonggu Momma said...

WONDERFUL news!!!! And the Tongginator wants to know if Mia got a princess headband for her behavior today...

Jill said...

LOVE the last pic of her! CUTE cute cute!
Happy to hear such great news too. God works in mysterious ways!
Lucy is due for her abdomen ultrasound for her SN this next month. I pray she does as well as Miss Mia.
Tell her we are so proud!
Hugs, Jill

Colleen said...

What a blessing!!!! Fantastic news!!!! {{{{hug}}}}

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

That is TERRIFIC news....I am so happy for you!! Miss Mia looks like she was the perfect patient....what a big brave girl!!

Now you can breathe easy and enjoy your weekend!!


day by day said...

I did not know that Mia was a heart is my Ella! She has a repaired was repaired in China. She just had her annual check-up about a month ago and it went MUCH better than last year's. But not so well that I could have let go of her hand and
taken a picture. : )

Glad to hear Mia had a great check-up!

Enjoy your week-end!!!!

Annette said...

I'm so happy to hear the good news about Mia! Great job Mia!

ps... I've been meaning to thank you for the Christmas card... "D" is so adorable! Can't wait to see and hear her story here on your blog.

Felicia said...

What wonderful news. God is good!!!

Denise said...

Hooray, I know that you are so thankful for this news! BTW, thank you for your answer to my questions~

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Well this post made my morning. I love seeing your baby girls sweet smile and reading your beautiful words.

I have sure missed you!!!

WIth love,


Tracey said...

Love your pictures in the margin and congrats on the good health update! God bless!

kris said...

What wonderful news!! What a blessing!!

Kate said...

I am so glad you got good news!!! What a blessing and a relief!!!

Best wishes,


mommy24treasures said...

I am so glad it went well. That is wonderful news.:)

LaLa said...

So happy you had a good report!! Also thrilled that she was good for her appointment. It is so stressful when they are upset...I find a long wait usually causes that. Love all the pics : )

Oh, and on the doctor thing..I think he just has something special as obviously her doctors in China were Asian..or maybe it is just that she is now so safe and secure after being home with her Mama and Daddy : )

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

Happy Happy Day!!!!! This news just rocks!!!!!!!!!!! This calls for some celebrating indeed!

btw- stop by the blog. J-man has something to say to you.

Also- did you get my e-mail that I found it!! WOO-HOO! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Roselawn said...

I have been following your blog for a while now. I just love your picture layouts! We have an adopted 10 year old, and I enjoy reading about the lives of other adopted families. Great news about Mia... God is good!


Heather said...

Awesome news! Looks like she just might have her future planned out - future doctor!!!! She looks like a natural!

Jboo said...

What great news -- I'm so thrilled for you all and hope all her heart news in the future is good too!

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!


Joe and Jane said...

That is tremendous news! What relief you must be feeling. Woo hoo indeed!!

Leslie said...

I can't believe I missed this post. So sorry.

I'm so glad your little pumpkin has gotten such wonderful news.
Those pictures are priceless. Mia is growing up so fast. I know you don't want to hear that. Kid's can just amaze us sometimes.