Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Heart of Gold and the Grinch

I want to live,
I want to give
I've been a miner
For a heart of gold
It's these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a heart of gold

This week Maddie and Mom had another visit to CHOP. This time is was for an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram.
According to my friends at WebMD, and electrocardiogram (EKG) checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart by translating electrical activity into line tracings on a paper. An echocardiogram uses a hand-held device which transmits high frequency sound waves (ultrasound). These bounce off the heart structures, producing images and sounds that can be used to detect heart damage and disease.

It was good news all around. The heart is regular size, pumping normally, and shows no signs of thickening of the walls or gylcogen buildup (related to Pompe).

I'm not sure how you feel reading this, but the news made this Grinch's small heart grow three sizes that day!

Keep it up Maddie!

Thanks for the continued support,
Matt Crowley

Credit to: Neil Young, "Heart of Gold"