To play a school sport a Sports Physical is required. During this physical the doctor told us that she detected a heart murmur. Wait, WHAT?? Yes. The doctor even wondered why it wasn't detected sooner.
I made an appointment at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania) to have an EKG and ECHO done. CHOP is one of the top children's hospital in the area. I felt reassured knowing that we would be seeing a heart specialist from this leading hospital.
We checked in with no problem and immediately went into an exam room. The nurse took Brandon's vitals and asked a bunch of questions. After she was done she began to leave the room. Apparently she asked us to follow her. Brandon and I just sat there. The nurse had to turn around and tell us again. Brandon and I just looked at each other and giggled. We both have hearing issues and did not hear the nurse ask us to follow her. My other children tease Brandon and I that we are 'Deaf and Deafer'.
In the next exam room my stomach was in knots and my hands were sweaty while Brandon had an EKG completed. The nurse applied a bunch of sticky tabs on Brandon's chest. When taking them off, Brandon commented "Good thing I don't have chest hair." That boy has a way of finding humor during a tense moment.
Two heart specialist came into the room and spent a good deal of time listening to his heart. They gave us the good news that they could not find the presence of a heart murmur.
A clean bill of health was much of a relief! But what a scare!
I would recommend this hospital to anyone. The staff, nurses and doctors were kind, considerate, professional. We had no wait time. They went over their results quite a few times so that the information was understood. I was quite impressed.
Oh, and after all this excitement, Brandon has decided NOT to play Lacrosse!