Nick and I have created this blog to help everyone be as informed as possible, with Carson. We will update this blog as we find out information and any friends and family can come here to read for themselves what is going on at any given time, rather than hearing it from someone else.
A look back: In April, Nick and I were excited and nervous to find out we were expecting. We went on with life, normally except now with more doctors appointments. At 20 weeks along we found out we were expecting a baby boy and figured out that we would name him Carson Nicholas.
Today we are 32 weeks pregnant, at 21 weeks pregnant our OB sent up for a fetal echo, which is an ultrasound that looks at the heart in depth, we were sent just for precautionary measure and really were not prepared for what happened next. As the ultrasound went on we were knew something was wrong, because they kept looking at the same spot over and over. After it was finally over they called the doctor into the room and had her explain to us what was going on. That day Carson was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta, and a large VSD.
Since then the diagnosis has changed. We changed care, and are now being seen at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The diagnosis is no long coarctation of the aorta, but aorta artesia. Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta in one area, and aorta artestia is the whole arota being too narrow. His VSD diagnosis never changed, it is still there, and it is simply a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart.
These two diagnosis mean that he will need surgery when he is born, more than likely within his first week of life. Right now he is safe, his mama is breathing for him and oxygenating his blood for him, therefore his heart defects do not affect him in the womb. We are doing everything we can to make sure he will get the best care possible when he is born. He will be born via induction at Hollywood Pres. We will be meeting with tons of doctors from here on out throughout the rest of this pregnancy and will update this blog as we find out any new information.
We ask not for sorry, but for prayer, there is power in prayer and we can all hope and pray for baby Carson. We thank you all for your love and support. It really does mean the world to us.