Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Noah's Friday

Our first day at LPCH (Lucille Packard Children's Hospital) consisted of in-processing and some pre-op tests. Noah got another (his 3rd) echocardiogram, which took about an hour. An echo is similar to the ultrasound many women experience during pregnancy - it uses sound waves to take pictures inside the body, and can even use doppler to show some blood flows in the heart. Very clear was the 19mm hole (VSD) between his left and right sides of the heart. Again, this hole - normally a bad thing - is keeping Noah alive in his present state.

After the echo, Noah was examined by two specialists from the heart-cath section. They checked Noah for anything that might delay or inhibit his heart catheterization from being performed on Monday. They also briefed Robin and me on risks involved and possible pre-surgery preparations that might be accomplished with the cath. Examples would be stretching certain blood vessels open or inserting a stent (or even a block) to better control blood supply to/from Noah's heart.

The day ended with a trip to the blood draw laboratory. Noah wasn't too happy to hear he had to "get a shot," but was very brave and with some distraction via NintendoDS, he managed to give 5 vials of blood in about 90 seconds. That called for a celebratory trip to McDonald's for fruit smoothies!

All in all, an easy, successful first day. We continue to thank God for Noah's health - by far the longest he's gone without a fever or lung complication. After the weekend, we'll be back!


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Blogger Brandi said...

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my HEART trusts in him, and I am helped." Psalm 28:7

I will pray this way "The Lord is Noah's strength and his Shield; his HEART trust in Him, and he is helped!
Praying for Noah, You both, Your girls, and the Physicians. God has brought you to these days. He is with you.

July 10, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger The Good Doctor's Wife said...

So glad to hear the first day went so smoothly.
We love you all and are praying for you!

July 10, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

"Trust in Him at all times; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." We are praying for all of you. God is with you on this long journey.

July 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Carmi said...

So glad that all is going well! Praying for you all today!

July 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM  

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