I wanted to share with you the news we have on Decklyn, our grandson who was born on May 26. About a week after he was born, the doctors discovered he had a heart murmur. After doing several echocardigrams at the local hospital, his doctor determined further testing was needed. He was flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital last Wednesday. His father was able to fly with him and we drove Alisha and Alexia down to Little Rock. They immediately began performing tests and discovered that he has two holes in his heart. Thankfully, those holes seem to be repairing themselves, as they have tissue already growing over the holes. Unfortunately, that isn’t his only problem.
They also discovered he has a narrowing of the aortic valve in his heart. This is the valve that controls the blood flow to his stomach, kidneys, and lower part of his body. At least, that’s the best description I can give. They have a catheter inserted to provide medicine to keep the valve from closing further, but surgery has to be performed. It will probably take place early next week. I’m not sure what the procedure will be, but they will be going in through his side. The little fellow will be kept completely unconscious for a couple of days to help with the healing process.
The nurses have told Alisha, his mother, that he is doing remarkably well. He is on oxygen, but that is mainly to prevent further stress to his lungs and his heart. He is breathing good and isn’t fussy. We have been babysitting his sister, Alexia, since Wednesday night. She is two years old and the poor baby can’t figure out why her parents aren’t around. Because they are over two hours away, running back and forth simply isn’t an option, financially.
Between this, and the fact that I managed to get vertigo while driving myself to Little Rock (I had to be wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair), I have had neither the time, nor the inclination, to write about the news or politics. Things like this are a painful reminder of what is really important in our lives. Issues like the upcoming election pale in significance.
I would appreciate it greatly if you would keep Decklyn in your prayers. He’s going to need all of them he can get. Pray that God himself will guide the hand of the surgeon and give Decklyn the strength he needs to heal.
UPDATE: I have updated this post with the correct information about the condition Decklyn has. It is the aortic valve in his heart that is narrowed.