As a followup to the last post, I called our cardiologist's office and had them leave a message for our doctor to call back. As he was out on consults most of the day, it wasn't until 5pm that I spoke with him. He asked the normal questions: Does his breathing rate change when he's having these episodes? Is there anywhere else on his body that also looks blue? Is his activity level changed? Is he struggling in any other area?
The answer was no. Nothing is changed except that he suddenly has blue/purple lips. Time of day varies, as does the activity we are doing. Sometimes he's playing with toys. Other times he is watching a cartoon. Some days it's early morning, and other times it's in the afternoon.
The only thing that worried me, as I explained to our doctor, was that it was happening more frequently. I use to never see his lips blue. Then, two weeks ago, I saw his lips blue and they stayed that way for at least half an hour. Then we began to see it more frequently, and sometimes a few times a day.
Our doctor said, based on his questions, that it seemed to be a normal fluctuation. Sometimes circulation is better than other times. Because he doesn't change activity level, and his body isn't turning blue, we should be ok. We are fine with waiting until next week's appointment, to have his regular checkup.
On one hand, I feel so much better. I really worked myself up into a mess yesterday, thinking that things were going wrong and how utterly unprepared I was to have Kimble back in the hospital again. All the emotions that I prefer to keep bottled up on a daily basis totally swung out into view. I had a few friends that gave me words of comfort, but the bottom line was that it was a hard day.
On the other hand, I still feel like this is leading towards problems with Kimble's heart. Blue lips may be ok sometimes, but at the rate of frequency, I think it's a sign of things to come...and they might come sooner than later. I'm trying not to jump the gun, but as someone who needs to be completely prepared for whatever may come, I'm now in alert mode. I hate alert mode.
Thank you for your thoughts and comments on the previous post. I know so many people out there, many who I've never met, have Kimble on their thoughts and prayers as well. I appreciate that. I makes me feel comforted. Thank you.
Here's a picture of me and Mr. Kimble, before I left for Jury Duty this morning. I still refer to him as my baby, but he's getting so big!