Yesterday we had Kinley's appointment with the pediatric cardiologist. First off, the doctor was awesome, so kind and patient! Secondly, we got GREAT NEWS!!! The hole in Kinley's heart is in the best place that it can be. Her hole is in a spot that is surrounded by 4 walls (of muscle) and not any valves or other "parts". Basically that means that all 4 sides of muscle will, hopefully, continue to grow and close in on the hole. The doctor guessed that her hole will be completely closed by the time that she is a year old!!! We will have another appointment at 6 months so that the doctor can listen to her heart and she will have another EKG (she had her first today).
And, the other great news, Kinley won't have another echo cardiogram until she is a year old, yeah!!! We asked the doctor about the information we have been given, that they routinely sedate kids for the echos (which is why I was a WRECK during her first echo) and he said that it is an oral medicine that will make her drowsy, no oxygen or iv's, and we will still get to be with her the entire time, yeah! Not nearly as scary as I had imagined when I read "your baby may need to be sedated".
He also told us that this should not affect her growth, her level of activity, or her general health. There is a slightly higher risk of pneumonia from the common cold because she has extra fluid going to her lungs (through the hole) but he isn't really concerned about that.
Overall we had an amazing appointment and left feeling great about the situation and couldn't be more thankful for all of the prayers we know Kinley received.