Mr. Kimble has been worrying me lately. For the past few weeks, he has had times where his lips are blue, or purple. It started off a few weeks ago as happening once.. then days later, it happened again/ But for the past week, it's been a daily occurrence, if not multiple times during the day. It doesn't happen at a specific time, and it doesn't affect his activity level. He doesn't seem struggling for breath, and the only thing different, is that his lips look purple.
At every single appointment we have with the Cardiologist, we hear the same question get asked: "Has he had any bluish tint to the lips and/or fingernail beds?" Now, unfortunately, I have a different answer to the question. Yes. Yes he has.
The thing with cardiac kids, is that they are either doing great, or they are doing bad. There really isn't an in-between phase for them. The scary thing is, this happens fast. One day they are fine, and the next day they could be in cardiac arrest. The sign of blue lips means that not enough oxygenated blood is making it through the body. Because Kimble's blood route is altered, this should be a big flashing neon light that says to us: The heart isn't functioning well enough.
It has me worried enough that I have called our Cardiologist to see if we need to bring Kimble in earlier than our set appointment scheduled for next week. I really hate to see his blue/purple lips. It scares me. Big time.
I took this picture a few weeks ago, when he first presented with blue lips. It didn't transpire the greatest, in the picture, but they are pretty dark purple in real life.