Headed to the Cath Lab

Jack just headed into the cardiac cath lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We arrived here at about 6:30 am (we were naturally late) and were admitted onto the 6th floor. The nurses and doctors started to file in and Jack was in heaven. He loves to flirt with the ladies. While we took turns talking with each medical staff member about the procedure, Jack was taking turns entertaining the other medical staff members. After all the paperwork was filled out and all the questions answered, we looked over to see all the nurses and doctors standing around his crib watching him sleep. He had worn himself out. Matt scooped him up and we walked to the cath lab where we handed him over the anesthesiologist. It will take about 2 hours for the procedure and we will find out more information about the pressures in his heart and how to react to it. I will keep you all updated.

In a retro-update. Jack is not working on soft solids and he is loving Chef Boyardee. Since he is already taking sodium chloride to balance another medication, he is allowed as much salt in his diet and he can fit in his little mouth. The speech therapist suggested canned pasta since it’s soft, contains a ton of sodium and is liked by children of all ages (Matt was instantly jealous that Jack is now eating his Chef Boyardee). This is also something that we are letting him self-feed since he is at the age where us spoon feeding him is degrading. The only drawback is actually quite entertaining. The red ‘tomato’ sauce is making him look like a lovable/hatable celebrity. I would like to introduce Jack ‘Snookie” Roettgers.

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About Kaytee

I am a food scientist by training and a mom by experiment. My beautiful son, Jack was born on November 7, 2011 with a birth defect called Left-Side Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). My goal is to reach out to other families dealing with the same or similar hardships as well as keep everyone updated on Jack's development.

5 thoughts on “Headed to the Cath Lab

  1. Every baby has to have a picture with Chef Boy Ar Dee spread all over his face. It is a right of passage. Of course, by the age of 3 they have eaten so much of that stuff they can hardly stand it. Then it’s on to hot dogs, grilled cheese, or corn dogs. — Ben’s favorite still.

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