When the heart murmurs
The second possible reason the GP gave for Baby JOOD’s poor weight during our eight week review was the heart murmur she noticed when examining him. This was the first time I was hearing of heart murmur. In my confusion I asked the GP if it was related to a hole in the heart since that is the common heart condition I know. The GP tried to explain and alleviate my worst fears without much success.
We were referred to children hospital for investigation of the heart murmur. I read up a lot on heart murmurs ahead of our appointment in children hospital. I discovered that heart murmurs are unusual sounds heard by doctors when they listen to a patient’s heart. They could be innocent or abnormal. I kept praying that the murmur was a one-off occurrence and the innocent type.
At the children hospital, we met a nice middle aged doctor – Dr A who explained all we were going to do. Dr A sent us for echocardiogram (ECG) and blood pressure check. They were both scary with lots of wires connecting Baby JOOD to the machines. I could only do what I imagined my mum would do in such a circumstance; Pray! Pray!! Pray!!! I kept praying, singing and worshipping God throughout the whole ordeal.
Both the ECG and blood pressure checks came out with good results. We were booked for a heart scan. The heart scan which we did about two months later, also came out with perfect results. It was an innocent heart murmur.
I thank God for his mercies, grace and blessings. He remains true to his words -“My plans towards you are of good”. Thank you Father and hallo be thy name.