For the First Time In Forever, A Cardio Check-Up Report

Watching her skip to the car this morning, I struggled to remember that six weeks ago today Charlotte underwent her third open heart surgery. But, it was 7:00 the morning and we were headed to see Dr. Young for Charlotte’s post-op cardiology check up.

After patiently lying still for the shortest EKG in history and watching “Frozen” for 30 minutes during the echo, Charlotte eagerly awaited Dr. Young’s verdict: Could she resume her full activities, and then some? Or not?DSCN1265


I’m not sure who is happier, Charlotte or Dr. Young.


Charlotte and another original Team Charlotte member, the excellent Liz Capella, APN extraordinaire.

Dr. Young’s exact words: “I’m really pleased with what I’m seeing on the echo.”  The conduit and valve are working nicely. She is seeing some turbulence in the valve, but nothing that concerns her too much. Turbulence can be heard through the stethoscope, so Charlotte’s “thump-swoosh” may still be her defining sound. (She was concerned about that.)

Charlotte has Dr. Young’s full approval to return to her full activities, such as gym and (drum roll please) carrying her own backpack!


After school, Charlotte couldn’t wait to get on her scooter, “For the first time in forever.” I have no words, really, for our gratitude.

We know how blessed we are that Charlotte continues to have best-case scenario outcomes. And we are so very grateful to Team Charlotte–the doctors and nurses who make sure that she continues from strength to strength and who clearly love their work. Please join us in our gratitude and Move for the Kids on May 17, in a 5K to support Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Click below to join Team Charlotte. And if you can’t walk or run, please donate to help us reach our $5,000 goal.

MFTK 2015

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