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The bypass

This post is long overdue.  To be honest, I was not sure if I was ever going to write it.  I have avoided it until now, because I did not want to think about the anxious days leading up to Isaiah's bypass, the difficult days after his surgery or the excruciatingly painful day of the actual operation.  These were the darkest days of my life.

In most of my posts I attempt to weave in a theme or drive home a main point, but this time I will not even attempt to do so.  I simply want to share part of my family's experience with you.  I am sure there will be many details that have been forgotten due to the chaos of those days and others that have been blocked out by my heart and mind.  Please forgive any errors I may make with regards to medical details or terminology.  Keeping all that straight can be a challenge even on the best of days.

Friday, April 5th, 2013 - Devastating news Isaiah finally went in for his cardiac catheterization on the Friday. He was unable to have it done t…

No such thing as too much information

Since Isaiah's Kawasaki disease journey began, there have been many things I have learned. One lesson that has become a reoccurring theme lately is when it comes to your health, or that of a loved one, there is no such thing as having too much information.

Cardiac MRI Isaiah had a cardiac MRI done in mid March to further investigate his heart function.  Although he has an echocardiogram done every 3 months, it is my understanding that he will require a more complete diagnostic test at least once a year. Last year he had two cardiac catheterizations done, but our cardiologist decided on a cardiac MRI this year, as it would be able to give us an equally good understanding of the status of Isaiah's heart.  I was thrilled by this news, as the MRI is non-invasive, which would mean no incision to worry about and virtually no recovery time, except from the effects of the anesthetic.

The results of the MRI confirmed what the cardiologists had suspected from last year's cardiac ca…

A real life hero

Since Isaiah's was first hospitalized in October 2011, I have continually been amazed and grateful for all of the care and support we have received.  This support has come from close family and friends, but also acquaintances and many new "friends" I have made online whose children have also faced the challenges of having Kawasaki disease. Last summer I received an unexpected, but completely touching message from a friend of mine from university.  We had not seen each other in many years and were only in contact via the graces of Facebook, but his message was very heartwarming.

Here is what it said:
Hey Carin!  I hope you're having a good summer.  I wanted to run something by you. As you probably know, I recently signed up to do my first full Ironman next year at Lake Placid, NY. A lot of people ask me why I put myself through all the hours of training to complete these races and I often tell them that it's because I can when, for whatever reason, so many can…

Gratitude

When I first began writing this post, Isaiah had not been diagnosed with his second case of Kawasaki disease.  However, given what we have gone through yet again, the original sentiments inspiring this post are even stronger.  It had been over six months since I had published anything prior to the post about Isaiah's unexpected second bout of KD.  Many milestones had passed, including Isaiah's first day of kindergarten, fourth birthday and the anniversaries of his KD hospitalization and discovery of his aneurysms.  It would be easy for me look back and reflect on how many of these moments were very bittersweet for me.  I could write about the struggles we have been through this past year and how this unexpected journey has challenged us in ways we never imagined.  However, in keeping with the New Year's tradition of resolutions and starting fresh (even though it is already the end of February), I prefer to focus on my "theme" for the year: gratitude.

Gratitude is…

Quick update: second bout of Kawasaki disease

A new post is long overdue and it saddens me that this post was created in order to share news of Isaiah's second battle with Kawasaki disease.  Coincidentally, I have been working on a post entitled "Gratitude," which is much more uplifting. Despite the recent turn of events I plan on completing that  post, so it will be coming soon.

I will not be going into too much detail right now. I just wanted to post a quick update for those of you who have been concerned about Isaiah this past week.

Symptoms Isaiah started off with a low grade fever last week, which we assumed was just the beginning of a cold or flu. We kept him home from school, but he seemed to have lots of energy during the day and was acting very much like his normal self. He did complain of a pain in the middle of his neck, which we thought may just be a sore throat.   I took him to his pediatrician on Wednesday, but he did not note any swollen lymph nodes of redness of his throat.  He took a swab for strep …