this week (February 7-14th) is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week. congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide. Please remember all those lost to CHD and honor those that are still fighting.
as wyatt left the nicu and headed to cvicu (cardio vascular intensive care) after his surgery i remember being very anxious and not sure what to expect. i was shocked at the number of babies in this unit. the rooms were almost completely full. of course there were many different reasons for why they were there, but none the less, each of these babies had ended up in cvicu due to a congenital heart defect. we will never know what caused wyatt's condition. there are so many questions. i often ask why or why him....but these are questions we will not have answered here on this earth. anyone could have been in our shoes. i know as a society we often say that wouldn't happen to me or there is no reason to believe that would happen...but we had NO reason to believe our little boy would be there either. so this week, i ask you to remember these precious babies lost to CHD and those who are still fighting. please remember the people who dedicate their lives to caring for these children. i truly admire the men and women who devote their time and energy to watching over these precious little ones. i cannot imagine the stress they willing take on every day as they literally watch over these babies, administer medicine, check vitals, love on them, and care for their parents who are in desperate need of love as well. they are truly gifts from above.