Travis' next scary hurdle is a procedure called a Heart Catheterization which is scheduled for January 13th. They will take a catheter and thread it through passageways of the heart looking for thinning or narrowing. If need be, they may need to place a balloon to open up any partially blocked paths. The findings in this procedure will tell the doctors about when he will need his second surgery (between 4-6 months of age) and if any of his medications need adjustment. We will be in the hospital just one night. We are not looking forward to this but we understand it is an important evaluative tool for the doctors to gauge the effectiveness of the shunt put in during his Norwood operation.
We also have an appointment with the High Risk Infant Doctor on Jan 12th. She will be the one to assess Travis and his developmental progress. If need be she can order occupational or physical therapy treatments to help him along with his milestones. Sometimes heart babies are slower to hit milestones due to everything they go through. Although Travis seems great to us we really have no idea as he is our first child. So, we are thankful they will start tracking him and his development early on.
That's it for now....Happy New Year!