I missed writing during CHD awareness week (Feb 7-14) while it was on my mind, I was busy with many other things and writing has been a bit of a challenge, though I am trying to do better. Then, this morning I was making my much needed rounds to all of my friend’s blogs that I have been so derilect in reading and on Emily’s blog (featuring her son Gabe) I came across this awesome blog:
They did a really neat set of awareness posts where each day for 7 days they posted 7 things centered around CHD awareness, etc. So, I decided that even though the official week is past, I would like to do the 7 for 7 myself. So here is my first set of 7:
7 Strangers Who Saved My Son’s Life
1. The emergency room people -they immediately pounced on Jacob when our nurse rushed him across the street to the hospital. I never saw people move so fast. We were later told by our cardiologist if it hadn’t been for their fast work Jacob wouldn’t have had a chance.
2. Our Transport Team – the ambulance came first and when it was decided that the ambulance would take to long and Jacob wouldn’t survive the trip the helicopter was called out. I don’t remember his name, but one of the men on the team stopped in at the PICU from time to time to check up on Jacob’s progress – it sure meant a lot.
3. PICU nurses – while there was an army and they were wonderful there was one named Bonnie who not only helped save our son’s life, but saved ours as well with her thoughfulness, caring, and spectacular advice. She helped us deal.
Also, a PICU nurse whom I think might have been named Chris. He listened to me. When he came on the night shift after Jacob had been extubated for most of the day (and his lungs collapsed)and I told him the Jacob’s color was off and his breathing wasn’t normal, he listened and got moving FAST.
4. Blood Donors – I have a new perspective on giving blood. If it wasn’t for people who donate blood we wouldn’t have Jacob. He had at least 2 transfusions which saved his life.
5. Our Surgeon, Dr. Iguidbashian – he sacrificed his Easter holiday to perform a surgery that couldn’t wait any longer.
6. Our Cardiologist, Dr. Legras – his quick work when we arrived at the PICU kept Jacob alive and stabalized him.
7. Jatene and Mustard In 1975, Dr. Jatene succeeded with the first arterial switch operation for the type of defect Jacob had (Transposition of the Great Arteries). The Jatene procedure, or arterial switch, was pioneered by Canadian cardiac surgeon William Mustard and it was named for Brazilian cardiac surgeon Adib Jatene, who was the first to use it successfully. 30 years later, my son is “fixed” because of their research. This is why advocacy is so important – because awareness of heart defects will lead the public, government and corporations to fund research. And research can and does lead to finding ways to repair more hearts. (borrowed from the blog that started the 7 for 7)