Nicholas is only 8 1/2 in this picture but he looks older. One of my heart friends commented
that he reminded her of Prince William. Nick wanted me to put some more current pictures on here and he likes the "Prince
|CHD Tree - Christmas in the Park, 2005
To promote awareness and honor those who are affected by a congenital heart defect, our family
displayed a CHD Christmas tree at the city of Clute's "Christmas in the Park." The tree was decorated with red and white
hearts with children's and adults' names on them.
Update on Nicholas - January,2007
Nicholas had his 6 month PC visit and echo in January 2007.
He's doing well. He still has some mitral valve leakage and some turbulence that is caused by a tendon going across
his aorta. Nicholas currently takes 7.5 mg of Enalapril twice daily. He will go back in 6 months for another echo.
However, his doctor is very pleased with how well Nick is doing. Nicholas played soccer in the fall of 2006.
He was able to outrun most of the kids on the field. In the spring of 2006, he played Little League Baseball and was
the starting pitcher for the Minor League Tigers on opening day.
|Nick #7 Blue
During his 3rd grade and 5th grade years, Nicholas achieved the National Physical Fitness
Award. This award means that Nicholas scored higher than 50% of the boys his age in the US. He narrowly missed
getting the President's Physical Fitness Award each year. He did not have any modifications to any of the fitness challenges.
Nick's Treadmill Stress Test - July 31, 2007
Nick had a stress test in July of 2007. He did very well on the test and did 15 minutes
on the treadmill. In addition to checking his heart, they also measured his oxygen levels. Nick's heart checked
out good. He had a couple of numbers that are a litttle off but it may be due to allergies. He's been cleared
to do pretty much anything he wants to do.
Summer - 2008
Nick had his 6th month pc visit and echo in June, 2008. He continues to do well.
He is on 10mg enalapril, twice daily, for his mitral valve leakage. His doctor is pleased with how he is doing.
CHD Quilt Awareness Project
This is Nicholas' quilt block on the CHD Quilt Project. It is joined with other blocks
to make a quilt. Each block represents someone who has a congenital heart defect. The quilts promote awareness
of CHD and honor those who have heart defects.
The quilt that Nicholas' block appears on is is Quilt #24. Nicholas' block appears on
Row 7. Here is a link to view the finished quilt. http://thechdquilt.homestead.com/gallery6.html Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who make the CHD Quilt Project such a success.
*****CHD Quilt News*****
The CHD Quilts came to Houston as part of an International Quilt Festival.
The event was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas in November, 2006. Nicholas' quilt was
one of the quilts there and we were very excited about viewing it in person. Viewing the quilts, recognizing names
on the quilts, and realizing that each square is a person and family that is touched by CHD, is a very emotional experience.
|Nick and His Square on Quilt #24
|International Quilt Show - Houston, Texas 2006
"It's My Heart" is a chd support group based in the Houston area. Please join them online
and at their special events for CHD families. http://www.itsmyheart.org/
Please sign my guestbook. Thank you, Nicholas
This site contains many links to heart informational sites and
support sites. Please understand that these are no substitute for your physician. Always check with your doctor if you
have questions or your child is having symptoms that warrant medical attention.
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