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Heather Heywood Patient Expert

St Thomas, ON, Canada
i'm a happy, single SAHM to three kids: Blithe (age 7), Bram (age 5) and Asher (age 3). i spend most of my time with Asher in clinics, hospital wards, and too often, critical care units. asher has a severe heart defect (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) which has led to 10 surgeries,... Full Bio
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (that's the best word i have right now to describe... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health ok, after a looooong absence from the blogosphere (thanks, wendy, for filling in for me <3), i'm back, and oh, the tale i have to tell... as wendy posted yesterday, the p ... Read on »
"false" alarm by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health asher came home from emerg, so that's a good thing. :) all the tests came back negative, other than some sugar in his urine. but they checked his blood sugar and that was ... Read on »
"Glife! Bam! teezza!" or, A Boy and His Temper, or Not NPO Anymore (albeit unofficially - wink wink) by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health ... which, translated into actual-speak (as opposed to toddler-speak), is "Blithe! Bram! Pizza!" so, in case you hadn't yet figured it out, we had pizza for supper tonigh ... Read on »
"human beings have the remarkable ability to adapt to anything." ~ Dostoyevsky by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i was emailing back and forth with someone the other week, and she made an interesting comment. we were talking about a heart kid and his mom, what they were going through a ... Read on »
"mommy, you make percy beautiful for me?" by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i was asked to "make percy beautiful" with pale green sidewalk chalk. asher approved of my work. Read on »
(yet another) post-op clinic by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health we went for post-op clinic yesterday, since we're still in the post-op period, and we needed follow-up after our admission. and wow, clinic was interesting. a mixed bag, if ... Read on »
66 years ago today... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health on 29 November, 1944, Dr Alfred Blalock , Dr Helen Taussig (yes, a woman) and Vivien Thomas (a black man) performed the first Blalock-Taussig shunt operation at Johns Hopkin ... Read on »
A Gorilla in the House by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i "stole" this from a friend because it just sums up this life sooooo perfectly. enjoy. Acquiring (or having a child with) a disability is a bit like getting home to fin ... Read on »
a little "fyi"... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health ed took asher to emerg this evening. it seems that pesky tube-site infection that he's been fighting for a while now is only getting worse. i'll let you know how it goes whe ... Read on »
a morning out by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health asher's with ed today and tomorrow, and this morning, they went to the mall. asher decided to hang out with his good friend, paddington. ash, where's your hat? ;) Read on »
a normal, hum-drum kind of miracle by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health something very strange has been happening around here lately... Asher is growing up. he's six-and-a-half now; he'll be starting grade two in september. and in december ... Read on »
a quick heads-up by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health dr russell called this afternoon. she's presenting asher in conference right now, and she'll call tonight with the plan. so stay tuned........ Read on »
a quick update by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i just realized i hadn't updated you in a couple days. sorry about that. anyway, for those of you who are dying to know and waiting impatiently for some news, here you go. ... Read on »
a quick update about clinic yesterday... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health clinic was actually pretty good, i'd say. sorry, i just don't have a long post in me tonight. so i'm just going to do the coles notes version of the day, and you can fill ... Read on »
a song by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health (to be sung to the tune of "i'm a little teapot") i'm a little robot and a boy, i am real and not a toy i can run and jump and laugh and play i'm growing bigger every ... Read on »
a treat for us all ;) by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health asher, cuddling with his new doggie, charlie (yes, the dog even has bum wrinkles!!!). as you can see he's doing much better today, though still not back to 100%. the bigger ... Read on »
after reading a particularly h ... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health after reading a particularly hilarious post on cake wrecks, asher has decided that he wants this song on his blog. enjoy!! and seriously, go check out the cake w ... Read on »
ah, the holter... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health well, it's done now, and asher helped me to remove everything from his chest and stomach. so the test is officially done. and guess what happened in the 24 hours? nothing ... Read on »