First, I just wanted to put these two pictures together to celebrate how far Sam has come these past three years:
|This is Sam around 10 weeks of age; he was suffering a stroke and a terrifying case of endocarditis. He was about to undergo a very risky and early Glenn surgery.|
|This is Sam at school just a few weeks ago. He loves running around outside with his "new friends," as he calls him, and he's a big fan of the slide.|
The bad news:
1. In November, Sam's O2 sats suddenly dropped into the 50s, and we had to call 911 in the middle of the night. Luckily, he only had to spend a few nights in the hospital; it turns out he had a cocktail of nasty viruses brewing in his little body. Some rest and fluids were enough to get him (and Elmo) better.
2. In December, about a week and a half after I had returned to work, there was a shooting at my school, Arapahoe High School (this is Kristin typing). A girl was shot and killed, and the shooter--a student at the school--killed himself in our library. Our school is still suffering terribly.
The okay news:
1. Sam was supposed to have a heart catheterization today. This is to help prepare him for the big Fontan surgery this summer. However, Sam's doctors decided after examining him this morning that his cold would make the cath too risky, and it would be best to wait. So we went out to breakfast instead and had chocolate chip pancakes. The cath, by the way, is now rescheduled for June 4--a little less than a week before his scheduled Fontan.
Students--if you are reading this right now, rest assured that it means I will be back at school Thursday and Friday.
The great news:
1. Sam is now a big brother, and he is one great big brother. His little brother is named Henry, and he is now six months old.
|Henry is a mini-Jason and might actually be the happiest person in America.|
|Fascinated by each other|
|Luckily, the doctors agree with Sam's assessment that Henry's heart is very healthy!|
|It took four hours to get this picture.|
|It took a good week of practice to hold up these three fingers!|
|Rolling around in his favorite Buckeye hat|
|Reading at school|
|Sam and his buddy, Max!|
|He's definitely known for his goofiness at school.|
P.S. Sam is particularly interested in Nemo's "lucky fin," which, despite the fact that it never grew quite big enough, turned out to be a source of strength for Nemo.