Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tuesday March 6th we went back down to Children's Hospital.  We started our day off by meeting with Pat Stoll Children's outpatient Social Worker.  We talked about the possibility of staying at the Ronald McDonald House while Owen is in the hospital.  Before the delivery Cassie will be staying with her Aunt Terry who lives close to Children's Hospital, but it might be easier while he is in the hospital to live right across the street.  After the Social Worker, we had a fetal echo cardiogram with Dr. Saudek.  He said that he didn't really see anything different with Owen's heart.  He did tell us however that there is a slim possibility that Owen won't need to have the Norwood Procedure if his Aortic Arch isn't too narrow.  If he doesn't need the Norwood Procedure, they will most likely put a catheter with a balloon on it into his heart to make sure that the hole between his right and left atria is large enough.  After we were done talking with Dr. Saudek, Barb took us on a tour of all the departments we will be visiting while Owen is there and explained how everything works.  After the delivery, Owen will be staying in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) most likely up until he has his surgery.  In the NICU they only allow so many visitors to cut down on the exposure to germs and bacteria, so we are going to have the tough decision of deciding who will be allowed to visit Owen in the hospital.  After he has his surgery, Owen will be in the CICU (cardiac intensive care unit).  Thankfully in the CICU they don't have restriction on the number of allowed visitors so anyone can come and see Owen after his surgery.  After we were done with the tour, it was on to our growth ultrasound.  It is looking like Owen is going to be a big boy.  Based on his measurements, his estimated weight is 6 lbs 13 oz.  He is still looking healthy and growing fast.

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