Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ignorance was Bliss

Ignorance was bliss.

Seriously.

Before Joshua, I knew nothing about heart defects.

Ignorance was bliss.

Before Joshua, my family knew nothing about heart defects.

Ignorance was bliss.

Before Joshua, the innocent heart murmurs, heart palpitations, leaky valves, and tiny holes in the heart of my family were nothing but isolated incidences.

Ignorance was bliss.

Before Joshua, I didn't know that 1 out of 100 babies are born with CHD. I now have 2 children that happened to be 1 out of 100. We are waiting for results on a 3rd.

Ignorance was bliss.

Before Joshua, I didn't know that we have quite the family history of "undiagnosed" CHD.

Ignorance was bliss.

I miss the days of ignorance. I miss the days when I believed that all babies grew up into adults. I miss the days of not understanding the anatomy of the heart. I miss the days when I could go longer than a few days without any tears and that the biggest problem in my life was wondering where the money would come from to pay for all of our bills.

I miss the days of ignorance because truly- they were bliss.

10 comments:

Hope's Blog said...

I am right with you in missing the days when I was ignorant about CHDs as well.

Amy said...

{{hug}}

Anonymous said...

Knowleddge is power, because of dedicated moms like you, we can all learn about CHD and support the cause of finding a cure.

Please pray for these these parents who now are experiencing the pain that only those who have lost a baby can understand.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/parkershanks

Carolina Carters said...

I miss those days too.

Prayers that everything turns out fine with Caleb's results and that at Hannah's next appointment she gets the all clear.

We're always praying for your family.

~Shannon

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about ignorance being bliss, being a heart parent too. Try not to worry too much about your kid's recently diagnosed pfo. Actually 25% of the population has a pfo, not 1 in 100. A pfo is not generally considered a chd, as it is a functional hole that just hasn't closed properly, but was meant to be there. Prayers for your kids!

Angela said...

I miss those days too.

Lisette said...

I wish I didn't know as much as CHD as I do now. Sending prayers for your kiddos!

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0fAL73XmNY

This song made me think of you and cry. You are always in our thoughts and prayers!
God give you peace and strength every moment of every day.
We will all always remember! Joshua is saving lives-every moment of every day!
Love to you all!
Christy

Stacey said...

We heart moms can so identify with this post. Thanks for sharing. I'll be thinking good thoughts for Hannah and Caleb. Heart hugs.

Megan@TrueDaughter said...

I get that, I totally do. And, I have to believe that you are grateful for the knowledge that could save your other child's life. SVT can kill, too. Once you find out what is going on with Caleb, you can fix it, or medicate it if necessary. If you had not had Joshua's experience, you might not have ever found it. God works in strange, and often heartbreaking ways, but they are His ways. Blessings and prayers that future testing shows that what is going on with Caleb is very, very treatable.

 
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