Category Archives: Heart Surgery

An Ellie Rule

That you can gain weight on low fat food. Ellie has become proof that diet food does not guarantee weight loss. Due to a complication I’ve referenced before from surgery, Ellie is on a low fat diet. Further displaying things … Continue reading

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Medication

The day of Ellie’s surgery we arrived at the hospital at 6am prepared to be the first surgical case of the day even though we were scheduled for later that afternoon. The hospital has all cardiac surgical patients arrive at … Continue reading

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Sick Kids for a quick visit

This morning we returned to the hospital for Sick Kids for an impromptu yet quick visit. It has been just over 5 weeks since surgery, I can’t believe it, and we continue to watch Ellie’s incision and demeanour closely till … Continue reading

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Finally growing out of those newborn clothes!

It has taken 6 months for Ellie to gain 4 pounds. Weekly weigh-ins usually left me feeling frustrated and disappointed. Some weeks Ellie lost weight as her heart was working so hard she was burning more calories to eat than … Continue reading

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Bravery beads

These are Ellie’s bravery beads from the hospital. Each bead represents a poke, a prick, a procedure, an accomplishment. Every time we return for a checkup she’ll get another bead as well as for any future procedures such a blood … Continue reading

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Happy dance happy dance

I enjoyed the sweetest cuddle with Ellie tonight with no wires, no IV lines, and no drainage tubes! Ellie’s drainage has been down all weekend so yesterday afternoon I received a call from the nurse who I’ve been reporting the … Continue reading

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Post Op Appointment

I decided a while ago that every so often I’m allowed to feel sad, and today I’m letting myself have a sad day. On days like today tears are okay in line at Starbucks and it doesn’t mean I’m not … Continue reading

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