Today was Jacob's cardiology appointment. He had an echo, ekg and visit with the doctor. Jacob didn't want to go until I reminded him that he usually gets a prize from the doctor.
The nurse said she was going to make him look like a robot:
Doctor Etheridge commented on how happy he was. He really is happy and smiley. He likes to make us laugh and make up silly words for things.
He held still and watched Thomas the Train for the echo. It was a little hard to see the pulmonary branch arteries but the echo tech came back to them later and got some really good views.
So overall Jacob looks good. Dr Etheridge wanted to make sure he is keeping up with his friends and cousins and he has been, so that is good. The branch arteries that they got good images of look better (less stenosis- last time measured at 15, this time at 12 and 13). Thus his murmur was less pronounced. As far as the Aortic Root Dilation goes, not as great news. His z-score was 4.5 which means his aortic root is roughly 4.5 times larger than the standard deviation (this is a statistical number they use based on his height, weight, and size of the root). The doctor is hoping that it will stop growing while he continues to grow (thus reducing the z-score... a good thing). We will have another appointment in a year and look at it all again.