For 9 months now, today’s appointment has had a way of merging itself into existence, leaving me to ponder its future outcome. Sporadically sprinkling in moments of fear of the unknown. About 2 years ago Austin was sent to see a pediatric cardiologist. After an ECG, an Echo and a MRI, it was found that not only did he have Mitral Valve Prolapse (a fairly common condition, I have it), a Bicuspid Aortic Valve (another common condition, one of my sister’s have it), but that he also has an area of dilation above the aortic valve. He was immediately restricted from absolutely all sports and caffeine (right down to chocolate), as the doctor was concerned that the dilation could grow and burst. The doctor had initially talked of putting Austin on Beta Blockers to slow the flow of his blood and pressure on that area, but another patient with the same condition had experienced enlargement while taking the medicine. We followed the doctor’s orders pretty strictly; he had a couple more Echo(s) that showed no enlargement. So we slowly started allowing Austin to do the things that he loved, factoring in the idea of “allowing him to be a kid”. So in the past 9 months, we have allowed Austin to start training for local motocross racing. He had a couple of spills and I have been wondering their impact on his condition and if we would have to again pull him from the things he loves. Today he had his 4th Echo, which showed that the dilation has remained the same. He is currently at 2.7 cm and surgery will not be required until it reaches 4.5 cm. His first race is this Saturday and he is pretty excited to be able to move forward with it. Needless to say, it’s been a pretty good day.
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