Aaahh, look at him. He is eighteen days old now and doing very well really. He has had a bit of a cold which has cleared up mostly which prompted us to take him to the doctors a couple of times. On the last visit, the doctor sent us to the child assessment unit at the Blackpool Vic as he detected a heart murmur. At the Vic, he was given a chest x-ray which showed a problem and he was kept in overnight for observation and to speed up the heart scan as we are moving. The heart scan revealed a hole in his little heart. An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Holes in the heart come in two forms; one which generally heals itself and one which generally doesn't. Ben has the one that doesn't. There is no immediate danger. It will start to affect him as he gets older. Now he will be looked after by a paediatric cardiologist at Alder Hey Hospital and they will monitor him and decide when an operation will be performed and we will have to take it from there. If it hadn't have been for him having a cold and a shit hot chinese doctor spotting the murmur then we would never have known until our little boy became ill. At least now they will be able to do their best for him before it gets too late. Apart from that, he is just about perfect, but I have no doubt that every father thinks that about their child. Tomorrow we begin the move to Wales and then he can settle into a routine of being loved and spoilt rotten.
Friday, 2 May 2008
This is Ben and he was born today at 11:43 and weighed in at a decent 8lb 7oz. As the anaethsetist said, "He's ready for school!" Both mother and baby seem to be doing well. It has been a long day but well worth it. We have a busy month ahead of us now as we are moving back to Wales, so there will be a certain amount of upheaval for the little lad before he can settle down to a life of spoilt bliss. It's very odd becoming a father and Gill has done me proud. I don't know if we will have another one so I will do my best not to break this one.