Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Well Check Up

Yesterday I took our baby girl (okay so she's not a baby anymore) to the pediatrician for a well check up. She hasn't been for a few years, because she was all caught up on her immunizations for school so I saw no reason to take her in. Here's her stats:

Height 50 1/2" - 90th percentile
Weight 65 lbs. - 90th percentile

I told the doc she was always high on the percentile chart, she said that is good and where you want to be on the percentile curve chart. So she's growing great!

The reason I made an appointment for a well check up is because at her last one a few years back the doc discovered she had a heart murmur. They are pretty common with infants and young kids, most grow out of them and they don't usually cause any problems. Doc did tell us at that time to keep an eye out to see if she gets tired easily while exercising or running around. Well we've noticed she does sometimes get tired easily, much quicker than James - but he's a boy and has like unlimited energy. But in recent months along with the tiredness she will complain, "my heart hurts". She would complain of these chest pains and that she would feel her heart in her neck, so I explained to her about her pulse. These chest pains have been occurring more frequently so we thought we better get it checked out.

The pediatrician said she could still hear a slight heart murmur when Madeline was laying down. But she wasn't sure that the murmur was causing the chest pain. She wanted to check the heart by doing an EKG test. Madeline's test looked good, so hopefully that means everything is okay with her heart valves. She said sometimes in kids certain things like exercise, asthma, and other things cause a heart arrhythmia and maybe this is what she is feeling. She asked about family history, anyone having an arrhythmia or a pacemaker. And then she referred Madeline to see a Pediatric Cardiologist for further testing but she seemed confident that nothing serious was going on but wanted everything checked out. She restricted Madeline from participating in PE, exercise and running at school and home until we get an okay from the Pediatric Cardiologist.

So if you will, please keep Madeline in your prayers that everything checks out okay with her heart. 

O Heavenly Father, I commend my children to Thy care. Be Thou their God and Father. Pour Thy grace into their hearts, and strengthen and multiply in them the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I'll keep y'all posted.


Mickie and Matt said...

Hoping everything checks out okay with the specialist! I am thinking it will but we'll keep Madeline in our prayers.

dad said...

It's always so scary when you don't know what a problem is. Hopefully, it's something minor she will grow out of. She'll be in my prayers. When is her appt? Uncle Steve

Kelly Jung said...

Poor Maddy. Praying everything turns out okay.

Kelly said...

Keeping her in my thoughts! Way to scare a mom, huh? I'm sure she is fine, but better to get checked and know exactly what's going on.

Andria said...

Wow, Maddy is getting so big and just so pretty! Tanner has always been on the high end of the growth chart as well.
I am praying for her heart tests. Keep us updated, please!