Sharel, it's so funny you say that about 52 weeks. I totally associate "*" with Monday and Tuesday... THE worst 2 days.. I felt so bad because I didn't even know the date I delivered on for a while... All of that brain swelling made me out of it...
First off, I just want to say that nothing short of a miracle has occurred with Ainsley's heart. Here is the email I wrote to my family:
"Hey everyone... I can't believe Ainsley will be a year old in a few days.... It goes soooo fast. She is pulling up, crawling and talking CONSTANTLY!!
We had her heart checkup and I wanted to let you know that a miracle has happened. Eight months ago, she had three separate heart defects (PDA, Pulmonary Stenosis, and Atrial Septal Defect). The ASD was so large, you could hardly tell there were two separate chambers in the top of her heart. The pulmonary stenosis would make her turn blue, since the valve from her heart to her lungs was thick and sluggish. All babies are born with PDA's, but the hole usually closes within a few hours of birth....
Well, her PDA has closed. The ASD (large hole in her heart) went from a huge gaping hole to only 0.285 cm, which in turn, corrected the pulmonary stenosis. So, now she just has a tiny hole in her heart. The cardiologist here expects it to completely close by the time she is three years old and is amazed that such a large hole closed so much so quickly. Eight months ago, we were told she would definitely have open heart surgery, and now, there is only a small chance of any surgery at all.
We, of course, are thrilled, as it has been a trying couple of years for Jess and I."
I have to say that I will be in church every Sunday for the rest of my life. I think that this one event has saved me from losing it.
Ainsley Kathryn 11/26/02-36 Weeks Preeclampsia