Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Choosing Faith Over Fear Part 2

Admittedly, I woke up this morning much more stressed. I did great yesterday- but not so much today. Thank goodness her appointment was this morning and not a week from now!

We went in and the doctor listened to her heart- a lot. For a long time. Like 5-7 minutes. He kept changing her position and listened some more. He listened to her neck. It took what seemed like forever, and I couldn't tell by his expression if he was hearing good things or bad things- he has a great poker face.

The result: Perioral Cyanosis.

What is it: NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!!! Apparently it is fairly common, especially in fair skinned children. It may happen with children of darker skin, but you just can't see it. Basically, from what little I understand, it means Claire's veins constrict a little more than normal kids.

Long term effects: She might blush a little more when she is older.

That is it!!!! YIPEE!!!!!!

I asked if we needed to do more testing, and he said no. He said he has seen this a lot, and while I did the right thing by bringing her in to get her checked out, I have absolutely nothing to worry about.

He did notice the heart murmur, but he said it is not related to the blue lips and it will go away in about 8-10 years.

HUGE sigh of relief! Why do these kids like to torture us so much with all of their weird things?!? It makes parenting very difficult!

Thank you so much for all the prayers and comments- they really did help!

Now I've got to go enjoy my heart-healthy Claire!


  1. Christina, I am SO glad to hear it is good news!

  2. Yay yay yay! Glad you got to the bottom of it and it only took one appointment!

  3. Oh I am so glad. I've been thinking about you and Claire almost non stop since reading your previous blog. I'm so glad it's nothing to worry about. Yipee!

  4. What a relief! I'm so glad your cutie is ok. And that you can relax now.

  5. Hooray! So glad it is nothing serious.

  6. Whew.
    Now, I hope your little "it's nothing" days of diagnostics cost less for you than ours did for Austin. I just got the bill for all the crazy lab-work, none of which was covered by insurance, and about fell over. All that for "it's nothing." Guess it's better to be safe than sorry, though (at least that's what I'm telling myself).

  7. Thanks for all of the well wishes- we are definitely grateful and giving Claire lots of extra hugs, whether she likes it or not (which she does!)

    Thankfully our insurance covered it- one woman on a site I was reading whose daughter had the same symptoms had to pay $30,000 (!) for her tests. That totally sucks about A's bills. Any chance the state will pitch in to help?

  8. Yay, so glad to hear the good news! It's funny how doctors have all these terms for conditions that are basically observations.