Thursday, July 5, 2012

One year ago....oh so much changed

Exactly one year ago, I nonchalantly went to a fetal cardiac echo for a routine follow-up alone. Two hours later, I left the office desperately trying to keep it together. HLHS??? Really? Surely, they must be wrong I thought. Yet, I knew as an ob nurse they were pretty certain. Our lives, in the blink of an eye, changed forever. The emotions we have experienced have truly been a rollercoaster of sorts.
  I can safely say though it has taught me more than I ever imagined. We have met so many angels in disguise. Whether it was Dr Spray, Dr Natarajan, nurse Becky, or any of the wonderful people who cared for our baby, we will always be in their debt. This experience had also introduced us to wonderful families who have been changed by hlhs as well. Without the Marrone's or the Lihn's, our quest for information would have taken twice as long. Lastly, Olivia with her hlhs has shown us how important it is to trust that everything happens for a reason and that we have some awesome family who are there when we need them.
   Everyday with Olivia has been a gift. One, we definitely don't take likely. We look forward to watching her grow and learn. While the worst day of my life was only a year ago, it has also been one that I can't imagine not having experienced.

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