When we got to the hospital the cardiology team was there to greet us. Ramona was off of the heart lung bypass machine but her oxygen levels were still just half of what they should have been, even though they had accomplished what they had intended during the surgery. At some point we were again taken into a Panic Room. This time there was a beverage and snack cart. I have learned since then that the beverage and snack cart is reserved for the worst news only. While I picked at a muffin, the doctors explained that the cardiac catheterization had shown that Ramona had virtually no blood flow directly from her heart to her lungs. They had done their best to create a “patch” to direct blood in the right direction but she was not responding as well as they had hoped. They were concerned that even if she survived the surgery, she might not survive the night.

I don’t know what happened in my head at that moment. I guess I snapped, but to me it felt more like exploding and sinking and breaking apart. I began weeping. I lashed out at the doctors. I suggested they give her a heart transplant and accused them of being too lazy to consider all options. I demanded that they unplug her from everything and give her back the way she had been when I brought her in. I stormed out of the room and beat on the walls in the hallway. I could not stop crying and shouting. I held my head in my hands and slowly rocked back and forth. I just stood there in the middle of the hospital, crying and moaning.

I don’t remember much about the next few hours. I know I had to find a breast pump because I had no baby to nurse and too much milk. I know they brought us in to see Ramona. She was puffy, grey and completely still except for the slow mechanical rise and fall of her chest as the ventilator breathed for her. It was late and I hadn’t slept in two days. Housekeeping set up cots in the waiting room for Andy and me. His closest friend agreed to sit by Ramona’s bedside overnight. Before I fell asleep I said, “Can someone wake me up if she dies?”

I woke up at 5:30 the next morning. When I walked into her room it was jammed with machines and IV poles. Things were beeping quietly. The nurse was walking around the room turning things off and on and whispering to Ramona’s still little body as she adjusted dressings and propped up her tiny limbs. Because of swelling they had been unable to close her incision so I could just make out the beating of her heart under the clear plastic film and gauze that was covering her open chest. But her oxygen levels were rising! Over the next few days they slowly reduced some of the life-support measures. They closed her incision. Big machines were turned off and rolled away. Her recovery was a roller coaster of ups and downs. There were moments of terror almost every day, but she was making steady progress.

A few weeks into our hospital stay someone stopped by to tell us Ramona had 22q11 Deletion Syndrome, sometimes known as DiGeorge or VCFS, a genetic condition caused by a small missing piece of the 22nd chromosome. We were told that 22q11 was the underlying cause of her heart defect and a possible predictor of more than 100 other medical problems and symptoms. We were told to expect learning difficulties, psychiatric issues, speech delays and global developmental delays. The geneticist examined her and found no other obvious physical defects. Everyone was very matter-of-fact. They told us several times that we hadn’t done anything to cause her 22q, that it was a random mutation. But something happened at conception and although I don’t think I’ve ever said it out loud, I thought I had done something wrong. And if it really wasn’t my fault, if it really was just a random mutation, then the world was suddenly an unpredictable and dangerous place where anything, anyone, at anytime was vulnerable. I wish I could say that I’ve left the guilt behind and never looked back, but I haven’t. I can manage it, but I can’t dispel it entirely.

I also wrestled with accepting the amount of time, energy and money that was being used to keep Ramona alive. I wondered if it was wrong to fight so hard to save her when the millions of dollars spent on her care could likely have saved thousands of children from disease and hunger in other parts of the world. Whenever those dark thoughts would overwhelm me, I would go back to that moment in that little room with the complimentary snacks reserved for very, very bad news. In that moment I would have plucked out my right eye for the chance to see and hold her again “the way she was” just one more time. My mother’s heart didn’t care about all those other children. I just wanted my Ramona Mae to live.

Learning that our child had a “syndrome” devastated me. Her heart defect was scary, but seemed fixable. I had convinced myself that if we could just get her heart repaired and bring her home we could put it all behind us. To learn that every cell in her body was incomplete seemed so unfixable and hopeless. I was in an uncharted wilderness of worry and despair. How could God have answered my prayers for a perfect family with such a calamity? How could we ever be happy again? When I shared my thoughts with Andy, he listened quietly and nodded. But later, when he was holding Ramona, I overheard him softly saying, “We love you just like you are. We’re all missing something. Don’t worry about it baby.”

He knew instinctively what I had to learn. We’re all missing something. Just like every cell in Ramona’s body is missing some genetic information, we are all depleted. It’s part of our fallen nature. But we manage to find joy, overcome obstacles and face our limitations. I began in that moment to form new hopes for Ramona: that she would discover her gifts and talents, that she would not sweat any closed doors that she might face and that she would accept her status as a child of God; incomplete on earth, but perfect in His sight.

Ramona came home from the hospital after five weeks with a feeding tube and on 24-hour oxygen. She required 17 different doses of various medicines that were given around the clock, day and night. She was on methadone and Ativan to treat the symptoms of narcotics withdrawal. We hired a nanny to sleep in our home 3 nights a week. Because her feeding pump ran at night someone had to stay in her room all night, preferably awake, to keep an eye on her. Andy and I each stayed up two of those nights and the night nanny stayed up three. We also had to care for and find a way to be available to Simon. During Ramona’s first hospital stay Simon got his first tooth and learned to walk. We didn’t want to miss any more of his babyhood. The doctors told us it might take years for Ramona’s long-term prognosis to become clear. They told us that because of the seriousness of her heart defect she might not survive into adulthood. Ramona’s illness was not a one-time catastrophe. It was a chronic crisis with no end in sight. How could we create a loving, happy home for our family when one of our members required surgery every four to six months just to keep breathing? How should we parent a child with such an uncertain future?

We were lucky. Friends, family, neighbors and coworkers came out of the woodwork to offer help and advice. I don’t know why it was so hard for me to accept help. Maybe it was because I had always thought of myself as a capable and independent woman. Maybe it was because I couldn’t imagine how I would ever repay all the kindness that was being offered. But like it or not, we accepted almost every offer of help we got and I learned that it felt good to let people do things for me. I learned that when something bad happens to someone they love, people don’t know what to say so they want to do something concrete to show you they care. Sometimes people would just show up at the door. And that was fine. We could always use an extra set of hands. The people who helped us the most at that time were the ones who just showed up, emotionally and physically, to help us with the task at hand.

There’s an essay out there about having a child with special needs called “Welcome to Holland.” Here’s the premise: If you were planning on going to Italy for your honeymoon but were dropped off in Holland instead, you would be initially disappointed because you had packed all the wrong stuff and were expecting pizza and gondolas. But eventually you would figure out that Holland has it’s own perks, like wooden shoes. I think this is a charming story and a good way to describe the bewilderment and overwhelm that comes along with discovering that parenting your child is going to be different than you thought.

But here’s my dilemma: What if I don’t want to go to Holland, even after I’ve checked it out and sampled the notorious wares of Amsterdam? What if I still just really have my heart set on Italy? Plus, it’s a flawed analogy. Wooden shoes and tulips may be just as good as gondolas and chianti but having your child subjected to tests, surgeries and prolonged hospitalizations is not as good as having a happy, healthy child in your arms.

I sometimes have dreams with such an overwhelming sense of anxiety and dread that it is a relief to wake up. This is what caring for a medically fragile child seemed like to me. It was a bad dream from which you would never wake. But I also have another kind of recurring dream. A dream where I discover a secret room in my house that I never knew was there. Sometimes in dreams I find that outside of my basement window is a massive abandoned green house populated by the most beautiful trees and birds. Or a door at the back of a closet that leads to another wing of our house. And it has a hot tub.

The wonder, sacredness and mystery I feel as I pass into the secret places in my dreams is so wonderful. It brings to mind John 14:2, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions.” It turns out that’s what Ramona brings to our life. She’s a portal that leads to places in our hearts we didn’t know were there, mysterious and fearsome places. Sacred places. And we get that now, here on Earth. Our love for Ramona and what her genetic condition brings to our family is really a piece of the Kingdom of God.

Ramona’s future will not be revealed to us today or tomorrow. We’re in it for the long haul and we have to be patient. And yet, we don’t just have to sit back and feel powerless. We should pursue the best treatment, the most compassionate care and give her the richest life we can every day. We can acknowledge that the doctors know a lot, but not everything, and be persistent in following our instincts. But we have to be flexible. We have to accept that the things we would plan and choose for Ramona may or may not come to pass. Sometimes well-meaning friends praise our strength and tell us how amazing we are as parents. I always say thank you but I’m not Super Mom and I’m no saint. I yell at my kids, I wear “yoga” pants almost every day and the inside of my minivan looks like a forgotten science experiment. The one who really deserves praise and amazement is Ramona. She is a lion of courage. She is a mini-mystic. She is a beacon of hope and a vision of what God’s love can be. I no longer despair. These days I wonder, “How could we ever have been happy without her?”

Ramona’s last open-heart surgery left her with more oxygen and energy than she’s ever had before. For the first time in her life the doctors talk about her long-term prognosis in hopeful tones. She can do so many things today that I never thought possible. She can play tag, walk to school and ride a bike. She can skip, stand on one foot and swing from the monkey bars. Now that years have passed since her diagnosis, it’s hard to imagine what our lives might have been if she had been born heart-healthy and with her whole 22nd chromosome. Without a doubt, we would have less grey hair and have gotten a lot more sleep. But I choose everyday to focus on the things we’ve learned and the relationships we’ve developed. Sometimes I wish I could have known back then that not all of the doctor’s dire predictions would come true. But deep down I’m grateful for the trials and the despair of those early days. That Ramona has lived, struggled and persevered is the greatest gift of my life. She has revealed to me the secret places in my heart and it is in those rooms, those many mansions, that gratitude, compassion and abiding faith have taken hold.

The Dress

The following week at 6:45am my phone rang as Andy was showering for work. I was feeding and dressing our 2 and 9-month old-babies. There was 18 inches of snow on the ground from a storm the night before. Most of that phone call is a blur but the words I will never forget are, “This is the cardiologist…your daughter’s heart is quite abnormal…you need to take her to the emergency room right now.” I remember feeling inconvenienced and asked, “Right now? In a blizzard? During the workweek? Are you sure I have to go right now?”

Andy stayed behind with Simon and I went straight to the children’s hospital. When I checked in at triage, they quickly took her vitals and then ran her back to the biggest trauma room in the ER. Within ten minutes there were a dozen people in the room. Doctors, nurses and specialists were all shouting and scurrying around. Before Andy could even get there, Ramona was intubated, sedated and paralyzed. I heard someone say, “Her pulse-ox is reading 29!” “Is that good?” I asked hopefully. The doctor looked at me over the top of his glasses and shook his head with his lips pursed. He looked defeated. The parent liaison kept offering me something to drink.

Andy arrived and the cardiologist came out to talk with us in the consultation room, or as I call it, The Panic Room. It seems they never deliver good news in those tiny, windowless rooms. If it’s good news, they tell you in the waiting room or at the bedside. Ramona was going to require open-heart surgery and she wouldn’t be able to come home until she had it. He described her heart defect (called Tetrology of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and MAPCA’s) and what the surgery might involve.

We listened quietly, holding hands, stunned. The doctor continued to talk, pausing every once in a while and watching it dawn on us that our lives were now forever changed, that we were at a turning point, that we might not ever see our child open her eyes again. I could feel myself unraveling mentally but on the outside I was supremely composed, the First Lady of the Panic Room. Most people begin their grieving process in the denial phase, or in anger. I skipped straight to bargaining. I asked every question I could think of. “If the surgery goes well can we bring her home right away?” “If she recovers quickly can we expect her to have a normal life?” “Are we talking about the short bus?”

Ramona had been my closest companion for almost a year. She had formed in my body, day and night, for nine months. She had shaped my body as I shaped hers. I thought of her constantly: When I felt her kick, when I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection of a shop window. I dreamt of her and ate for her and breathed for her. Her birth brought only the smallest separation between us. I held her, nursed her and pondered her future. But now, all my nurturance and protection was useless. I couldn’t hold her, she couldn’t see me, and the only people who could help her were strangers to both of us. My relationship with Ramona remains deep, loving and profound. But the complete physical intimacy, the warm entanglement that is part of mothering an infant ended that day. I never nursed her again.

They did a cardiac catheterization that afternoon and then stabilized her overnight. I was up all night asking the nurse questions and panicking every time one of the machines started beeping. The next morning was Valentine’s Day. They sent down the chaplain who baptized her with holy water from a Styrofoam cup. Andy could not stop crying. I took a picture of her perfect, scar-free chest and belly. I don’t remember saying goodbye when they rolled her away.

Before Surgery

Andy and I had not slept or showered and we had never been away from Simon for this long. We decided to head home for a few hours to clear our heads and give Simon some love. The surgery was supposed to take 6 hours. Looking back it seems strange that we would leave the hospital while our baby daughter was undergoing such a major surgery but we were shell-shocked and crazy with grief. I can only assume that someone had suggested it and that we didn’t know what else to do with ourselves.

We got home, said goodnight to Simon and I got into the bathtub. After just ten minutes the phone rang. It was the hospital. They said they were sorry, but the surgeons were concerned Ramona might not survive the surgery. They asked us to return to the hospital right away. That phone call was the darkest moment of my life. We raced to the car in silence. As Andy began to back out of the garage I said, “Stop!” He did and I got out of the car and ran back inside.

When I was pregnant with Ramona, I was determined to be a minimal-fuss mom. I am not a girly-girl. Aside from setting up her nursery in neutral yellows and blues I had not done much to prepare for her birth. I figured she would wear Simon’s hand-me-downs so she didn’t have a layette (whatever that is). I had only bought her one dress. It was white silk, size 0-3 months, with English garden flowers painted at the hem and a matching red velveteen jacket. I ran back into the house because I just couldn’t bear the idea of Ramona lying lifeless on a gurney in a bloodied hospital gown. I grabbed the dress off the hanger hoping that if she did die that day she would at least have something special to wear.

Part Three is here.


Ramona is 6 years old. She is bright and wildly creative. She goes to kindergarten. She reads and writes, colors and sews. She plays the piano and speaks Spanish. She belly laughs. To a casual observer she is just an average little girl. But Ramona has had 13 surgeries. Three of those were open-heart surgeries. She has an absent parathyroid gland, is behind with her gross motor skills, and has a compromised immune system. Our life with Ramona is filled with uncertainty but also great joy. We have learned, and are still learning, to grieve her illness while celebrating her just as she is.

After a second trimester miscarriage and years of infertility, I had all but given up on having a biological child and my husband, Andy, and I were starting the adoption process. When I realized I was “late,” I sighed and resolved to take my 612th (probably negative) pregnancy test. At 4:00am the next morning I stumbled into the bathroom, did my duty with reasonable accuracy and sat down on the side of the bathtub to wait. I briefly looked away and when I looked back I saw TWO LINES. I actually rubbed my eyes to make sure that the early hour wasn’t causing me to see double. TWO LINES. I staggered back to the bedroom and woke Andy with the news. We were so shocked that we laughed at the joy and absurdity of it. And we worried. We worried that I wouldn’t stay pregnant. We tried not to get our hopes up. We told the news of our pregnancy slowly and seriously.

Just ten days after our positive pregnancy test, I got a phone call from the adoption agency telling us that a little boy had been born and was available for adoption. We had less than an hour to accept or decline. I called Andy at work and we made the decision over the phone. The next morning, after a flurry of phone calls with the agency and our lawyer, we brought home a beautiful three-day-old boy, our son Simon. In the months that followed, my anxiety about the child I was carrying gave way to excitement. We found out we were having a girl. We picked out names and planned another nursery. We imagined our life with not one, but TWO babies. Our prayers had been answered and we were about to be an instant family of four!

Like many new moms I dreamt of a perfect pregnancy, a peaceful birth and pleasant mornings spent nursing and cuddling. The daughter I imagined was a magical combination of our best qualities. She would have Andy’s dark hair, our fair skin, his green eyes and intelligence and my creativity. She would be a sharp-witted heroine, a Nobel prizewinning underwear model. But the pregnancy was not what I expected. I was often sick all day and became so swollen that I could barely fit my husband’s shoes on my feet. We were planning a homebirth, but when my water broke at 38 weeks the labor failed to progress and we headed to the hospital. After lots of Pitocin, contractions and pushing, our Ramona Mae was finally born via emergency C-section.

When they brought Ramona to my bedside, the first thing we noticed was her exotic, dark appearance. We laughed that two of the palest people on earth had spawned a child who looked positively Mediterranean! She was such a sweet baby. She was sleepy and slow to nurse but peaceful, cuddly and bright-eyed. APGAR scores were both nines. She was pronounced healthy and sent home with us a few days later.

The Dynamic Duo

A few months later, Ramona continued to be sleepy and slow to nurse. Her periods of alertness were decreasing and her weight had plateaued. She sometimes slept 12 hours at a time. I brought her to the pediatrician’s office 11 times in those first two months. They told me she was cold and suggested a hat. They told me I was not nursing enough and suggested I recommit my efforts. They told me that not all infants meet their milestones right on time. They told me not to worry and just to enjoy my baby. But my intuition told me something was not right so I sought out another opinion.

The second pediatrician was more responsive. She listened to my concerns and noticed that Ramona was turning a bit blue when she cried which I thought was normal for some babies. She ordered an echocardiogram, a detailed picture of her heart, to rule out any heart or lung problems. I honestly wasn’t overly worried. I suspected a milk allergy or a tongue-tie. But I took her in a few days later and they did the echo. The technician could not give me any results but did ask me several times if I would be home on the following Tuesday morning when the cardiologist came back into town. And could I be available to take her call first thing in the morning? That should have been my first clue that something wasn’t right.

Part Two is here.

No not the kind that talking heads use to describe tiny contrary metrics in a sagging economy. I’m talking real, living green things shooting up from the ground or budding on branches, any day now. This weekend it’s going to get into the mid-40’s in Chicago, and the Spring equinox is weeks away. We’re going to start seeing green shoots soon.

Ramona had an appointment with her cardiologist today. It was the follow up to the cath she had in November. Her oxygen saturation in the cardiologist’s office got up to 91, the highest reading we’ve ever seen there. They said she’s doing so well that we should just come back in August for another check up. That is great news! Normally what we see after a cath is that Ramona gets a lot of improvement right away, but then as time goes on her sats drift lower. These follow ups usually double as cath-scheduling appointments. Not this time. I feel like I can forget about all this junk for a while, and that feels good.

Anyway, we’re going to need our energy for other things, as Jane is due with our 3rd child in late May. Finding out last summer that we were expecting again was quite the shock, and pretty scary for a while as our fears of what another child might bring into our lives took hold. We’re beyond that for the time being. Simon and Ramona are very excited to meet their new baby sister in a couple months time.

So you see, we’ve got our own green shoots popping up around here. Spring is just around the corner.

Hi all!

It’s a been a while since we’ve posted anything…which is good! Things have been pretty quiet lately. The walk in August was a big success, with over $10,000 raised and 300 walkers. We were so pleased and blessed by the experience.

Ramona had a heart cath today. They performed angioplasty in three places in her right branching pulmonary arteries. Two were moderately improved and one was minimally improved. We’re pleased with that result. Her sats have not risen this time and there is a chance that the limiting obstruction to the blood flow in her lungs is now the conduit she had placed in June 2007 and not her pulmonary arteries. This is good and bad news: On one hand it is encouraging to know that she may be able to tolerate more blood flow to her lungs. On the other hand, they would need to do another open procedure to replace the conduit, and there might not be much more they can do by cath to improve her oxygenation. This is all speculation of course and we won’t be doing anything while she is doing so well from a clinical perspective.

She is in the PICU now, she came back from the OR intubated and she will remain that way until later tonight. Hopefully they will be able to safely extubate her and she will be discharged tomorrow. As she gets older, there are new challenges. It’s wonderful that she is so verbal and expressive and independent, but hearing her say, “I want to go home, I don’t WANT any pokes!” is heartbreaking. She has been waking up quite a bit, breaking through the sedation and gagging and coughing pitifully. It’s so sad.

So let’s get that tube out, get her better, and go home! Andy will spend the night with her and I will return in the morning to put the discharge smackdown on the rounding doctors. Here’s shot of Ramona that Andy took one morning first thing. She’s the best.


Hello everyone,

Online registration is now available for Slow and Steady: A Walk for 22q11 Awareness on August 22nd, 8:00am in Glen Ellyn, IL. Registration will be open until August 1st. Please follow the link below:


The online registration is being generously provided by our sponsor, The Pink Hippo. Although donations/registration fees will not be tax deductible (we are working on that for next year), you can rest assured that this is safe and the most efficient way for us to get everyone signed up.

Please enter “Ramona” in the voucher code to delete the automatic shipping charge. If you’d like a shirt for a child three or younger, you can do that by registering them as a “Child Walker”, the cost is $11. Children three and under without a shirt are free. If you would like to be a sponsor or are unable to walk but would like to make a donation, please select “Donation Non-Walker”.

I will have a printable flyer sometime next week. If you’d like a copy, please leave me a comment below and I’ll send it to you! Please consider asking for your community’s support of this worthy cause. If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please let me know, I’d be happy to help.

Thanks so much, I can’t wait to meet everyone at the walk!


UPDATE: We have received such a great response about the walk. Many have asked who to make a check out to or how to officially register. We are working to get an online payment and registration going. In the next few weeks I will send an email out to those who are “pre-registered” with more detailed instructions. Thanks for being patient and keep spreading the word! If you are considering walking, please leave a comment below and I will be sure to update you with all the details.

I am so happy to announce that there will be a 22q11 awareness walk on Saturday, August 22nd, at 8:00am in downtown Glen Ellyn, IL. The walk will be 2.2 miles, the cost is $22 for adults, $11 for children, 3 and under are free. Everyone is welcome! Proceeds will benefit the genetics department at Children’s Memorial, the 22q11 Awareness Foundation and “1 in 100”, a CHD advocacy group. Thanks to Pink Hippo, Maddy’s Organic Meals and Liberty Gardens for offering to sponsor us. We are still looking for sponsors, so if you or someone you know might be interested please contact me at janedeitrich______at________yahoo.com.

The walk was suggested and is being sponsored by the ladies at The Pink Hippo. Julie and Gretchen have given our family so much love and support and wanted to reach out to others dealing with this diagnosis. When she approached me about helping to coordinate a walk, I was thrilled.

Many of you already are aware of 22q11, but here is a short version of why this is such a worthy cause. While 22q11 was once thought to be rare(1 in 4000 births) the latest studies show that it is closer to 1 in 1200 births, making it almost as common as Down Syndrome. But because the symptoms vary so much from person to person, this syndrome is difficult to diagnose and complicated to treat. There are 186 known symptoms of 22q11. There is no cure. Please help us support this worthy cause!

We don’t yet have the set-up to accept online registration or payment so if you’d like to participate in the walk or make a donation, please leave a comment and I will contact you to make arrangements. You need not leave your email address in the body of the comment, I will contact you through the email you sign on with. Please sign up by August 1st so that we can get all the goodies together in time :)

Thank you!


Hi there! We’re still waiting for the surgeons to conference on Ramona’s last cath. Rest assured, as soon as I have something concrete to share I will. Everything went fine and the results seem good, so we’ll see.

But I’m posting today to ask for some help from my fellow heart moms. I have reconnected with an old high school friend, Estrella Rosenberg, who is doing some amazing work for CHD advocacy. She lost a sister in infancy to HLHS and is passionately pursuing ways to help other children affected by CHD. She is working hard, funding studies, and generally being a squeaky wheel in order to create a standard where every child would be pulse-oxed before going home from the hospital. The obstacles, as I understand them, are mainly the cost (one-use sensors are expensive and reusable ones are often not suitable for infants) and red tape.

Ramona was diagnosed at two months old. She had many signs and symptoms of a heart defect, was in the hospital for four days at birth, saw her pediatrician over a dozen times and even had an echocardiogram before anyone put a pulse-ox on her. She was lucky. She lived long enough to receive care and is thriving. Many children are not so lucky. Many die before diagnosis, many die because the care they receive is too little, too late. About 1 in 100 children are born with a heart defect. Many of these defects are easily detectable with pulse-oximetry.

Estrella has asked me to collect stories from my fellow heart moms whose children were diagnosed after birth, either in the hospital after birth or later on after coming home first. If you feel comfortable sharing your story, please send it to janedeitrich—at—yahoo—dot—com (take that spambots!) or you can simply post your story in the comments below. Thanks so much. I am also looking for photos to be used in some of her publications. Photos of your heart kids at home, in the hospital, with their feeding tubes, with a trach, playing soccer, playing dress up.

Thanks for your help.

Also, I wanted to share the sad news that little Faith passed away this week. She was a beautiful girl, loved by her family and loved by God. You can leave messages of condolence here.

I’m sure Jane will be posting some thoughts, but I wanted to let everyone know that Ramona came home yesterday, less than 24 hours after the surgery ended. She’s incredible. The news from the surgeon was positive, and we’re all enjoying our long weekend.

Thanks for your support.


I spoke with the cardiologist this morning very early. I think we’ve gotten some good news. She was able to meet with the CV surgeon and cath surgeon last night to discuss Ramona’s care and it sounds like we have a good plan.

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