We had Kimble's last regular (every three or four months) heart appointment before we begin our round of pre-op appointments at The Children's Hospital. As with every appointment, he has an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to make sure no problems have arisen, and to measure the findings against the previous echos he has had.
Kimble's heart looks fabulous, and by that, I mean that it is showing marked improvement in growth and function with every appointment. Even with just a few short months between appointments, it is clear that his heart is growing better than we would have thought was a possibility.
This all brings a smile to Dr. Brames' face, and further supports the plan for the next surgery, which is to reverse the rerouting done in the last surgery and essentially give him a fully functioning four chamber heart.
This is not commonly done, but I trust in our doctors and surgeons. They want to give Kimble the best possible life, and having a heart used in full capacity is a huge thing. That's not to say that Kimble's "cured" after the surgery. His heart had three major defects, each of which was life-threatening. He will still have issues, and we will still probably have future surgeries, and we still don't have more long-term prognosis other than the 'We'll see you in a few months at his next appointment' comment that we hear so frequently, but the bottom line is that today, he is alive and thriving and his heart is growing and functioning the best it can.
So, we enjoy each day that God blesses us with. We hope for each surgery and pray for the best outcome. We get strength from each other, from our friends and family, and from everyone who knows about us and Kimble. We pray for him to have a long life, but understand if that's not the plan for him and will accept God's will. We actively love him everyday.
His next surgery has yet to be specifically scheduled, but will most likely be in October, with pre-op procedures and appointments beginning in August.