We dropped off the kiddo at daycare at the usual time so we could stop for breakfast before the appointment.
Does heart failure run in either of your families? Did anybody on either side die from heart complications before the age of 45? Are there any genetic disorders either of you are aware of?
The medical center is not the easiest to navigate – for me, anyway – and we didn’t have a plan for where we’d eat. Google Maps wasn’t very helpful, and as anxious as I was, I knew I wanted to arrive at the doctor’s office early. We passed by two places we thought we’d like, but one didn’t open for another half hour and the other didn’t exist anymore.
We’re going to take images of the baby’s heart, and then move you to a consult room so the doctor can speak with you.
We landed at an easy-to-miss, quaint French café in a popular area of town (near enough to the medical center) we’d never visited, seen, or heard of. Upon walking in, there were four elderly gentlemen each sitting at their own tables; a couple sitting by the entrance; two businessmen chatting over their coffees.
Breathe in. Hold it. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Can you please move onto your right side, so I can try to get a better picture? Sorry I’m pushing on your belly so hard.
In college, I loved discovering new coffee shops around town to study or read. Or, okay, people watch. There was one in particular that was connected to a restaurant by the same name. The seating wasn’t great, but it was simply adorable. A couple of times I engaged in lively and encouraging conversation with a group of men likely 80+. I don’t quite remember what we talked about, but I do remember feeling that I had received years and years of wisdom. They were so interested in my goals and my potential.
Mild tricuspid regurgitation. We don’t know why; we can only continue to assess that it doesn’t get worse. Upon the baby’s birth, we will conduct another fetal echo and plan how to move forward. You’re seeing another specialist in a couple of weeks? I’d like to see you again in five to check his heart before the baby is born.
The café where we enjoyed quiches and coffee this morning took me back to such lighter, yet curious days. I was invincible. I was soaking up wisdom from those who lived, experienced, learned.