Thursday, April 25, 2013

Evin's Heart

On Friday, March 22, I got an early morning call from my mom saying that Evin had been taken to the NICU at Methodist Mansfield for some testing.  At that point I knew no details, but immediately got worried and upset.  Kori and Mitch were supposed to be discharged from the hospital that day--what was happening?!?  

As the day went on, the doctors determined that Evin most likely had a congenital heart defect and would need to be transported to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.  I met the rest of the family at the hospital to see Kori and Mitch, who were understandably shaken and upset.  

Evin was transported by ambulance to Cook's that afternoon.  She was hooked up to all kinds of tubes and monitors and traveled inside the big blue portable incubator on the stretcher.  Kori and Mitch weren't able to ride with them, which made it much harder for them.  We all followed behind waiting for some more information and answers once we got there. 

We were finally able to see her and it was just heartbreaking.  Kori and Mitch were glad to be able to room in with Evin and had to settle into their temporary home while trying to grasp what was about to happen to their baby girl.  The sight when I first walked in to see Evin took my breath away.  Monitors and tubes everywhere, and a tiny little baby hooked up to all of them.

For the next month, this would be Evin's temporary home.  Sweet Heart Street at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.  On the day she was supposed to go to her own house, to see her new nursery, and meet her pets Mia and Beckham, she had to be admitted here.  It was so sad and hard to understand, but we were all so thankful that the nurses and doctors caught this defect so early.

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