Mimi's Beautiful Heart

Mimi is having a surgical procedure this morning to repair a problem in her heart that is causing tachycardia (very rapid heart rate).  It was a surprise for all of us to learn that Mimi was born with this defect but we weren’t aware of it until a short time ago. In learning about the problem, Sweet Pea described it as more of an electrical wiring problem than a plumbing problem.

The procedure is conducted through catheters placed in a large vein on both sides of her groin (sorry, I can’t think of a better word)  and up into her heart.  Thankfully there is no cutting involved and she should only stay one night in the hospital.

Regardless, it’s my baby’s heart we’re talking about, so prayers would be very appreciated.

Russ and I have been in Spokane since Sunday night and plan to head home once we know she is fine and feeling reasonably well.  Andrew will stay at the hospital with her tonight.

#181 – 190 giving thanks

answers to Mimi’s heart problem

researchers and doctors who developed catheter ablation – super smart people

90% success rate

Dimples spending the night at Aunt Michele’s

older brothers caring for the rest of the kids

homework helper arriving after school

time with Andrew and Mimi

quiet moments with Russ

coffee early in the morning

God inviting us to pray and trust

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. christine
    September 19, 2011

    I will be praying! My dad and Grandmother in law both had this done with great results. Hope all goes well!

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  2. Pastormacsann
    September 19, 2011

    Praying for your precious girl.

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  3. coffeemom
    September 19, 2011

    Prayin! My close loved one had this procedure It's nerve wracking but routine for docs. Even so, prayers for your sweet Mimi. I know this electrical problem too, very livable, and a gift that she can get it sorted out now, prayers for her and all of you on this! Courage!!

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  4. charity
    September 19, 2011

    lisa~so sorry to hear of the newest challenge in life…they seem to multiply as our loved ones increase in number! I know how scary this procedure is, and send my prayers your way…we had baby #4 (10 years ago) and 3 weeks later, my husband came home with a heart rate that wouldn't slow down…they eventually paddled him in the ER and got it to reset back to a normal rhythm, but the following weeks were full of tests, and finally a similar procedure. thankfully, all is well, his heart is very strong, and we have had no further similar issues…but it does remind you how fragile life is, and how much we do love those in our families…all is well. love to mimi, she is such a beautiful girl.

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  5. TheHappyNeills
    September 19, 2011

    will pray. i know of the procedure and condition, as my young (31 yrs old) hubby is looking at the same problem. thankfully, it is one of the very few heart conditions that are fixable! praise God!

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  6. rebekah
    September 19, 2011

    A very dear friend had this done earlier this year and is doing wonderfully. Thinking of you all.

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  7. jen anderson
    September 19, 2011

    Praying for Mimi! Awaiting an update ")

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  8. Teresa
    September 21, 2011

    Any chance it was Wolfe Parkinson White (WPW) Syndrome? I had that and it was fixed with a cath ablation procedure 20 years ago. I was only the 6th patient to have it done at St. Louis University Hospital. The doc that came there to teach how to do it had done a few hundred in Texas, though. It was definitely a God-thing. I read a tiny little blurb about this "new" procedure in Women's Day magazine on the train going to Texas to visit a friend. I came back to St. Louis and lo and behold I found out that they were getting a new doc that was training others how to do it…and I could be one of the examples for them!
    I'll keep her in my prayers!
    Teresa

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      September 21, 2011

      Yes – that is what she has! We are so pleased that they can fix it – it's good to know that yours did not come back.

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      1. Teresa
        September 21, 2011

        Yes, it has been a definite blessing that it could be fixed! She'll be so glad she did it!

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  9. slarochelle
    September 22, 2011

    Although I am reading this a few days after the fact, my prayers are with you and your family. God has given you a beautiful family and a beautiful heart.

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