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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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NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a true story. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so i was getting asher into his jammies tonight, and he... {gulp} took his nose off. and then dropped it. well, i'm not too proud to admit that i. freaked. out. ... Read on »
an open letter to my sweet, sweet Asher. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health sigh. oh, my sweet boy, i just love you so much. i love your smile and your belly laugh and the way your eyes twinkle. i love your crazy hair and your goofy sense of h ... Read on »
CHD. a most beautiful gift. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health yes, you read that right. CHD is the most beautiful gift. now, don't get me wrong. i invented the word "freaxious" for a reason. it's how you feel when you agree to an ... Read on »
How CHD messes with your head... or maybe just how Asher does... hard to tell sometimes... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health So, last night, asher was grey. And i remembered another time when he was grey in his sleep. Last spring. When his heart rate was in the 20s ... Read on »
would i have named my son *asher* if i ever thought he'd turn the colour of *ash*? by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health sigh... that's right, folks. asher is, as i type this post, sleeping. and asher is, as i type this post, grey. he's not distressed or anything. in fact, his cheeks ... 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 »
for the newer readers, "freaxia" is a horrid combination of fear, dread, anxiety and nausea. blech. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health it's 14 hours till asher's cardio appointment. and we weren't supposed to see them till april. so, asher's got all these symptoms. now, i'm trying not to say "this is ... Read on »
well, today *could* have really, really sucked... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health yeah, today could have been better on some levels... but it's nothing a smile and a giant bag of salt & vinegar chips can't fix... tonight, i filled asher's dad (ak ... Read on »
so much has happened since the last post... don't worry, some of it's great! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health this is what happens when i promise to post more often. God hands me more to post about. haha so here we go yesterday morning, i checked my email for the eighth time random ... Read on »
k, it's been a while... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health yes, yes, it's been a while, and i haven't posted a "real" asher update. so here we go. a couple of weeks ago, asher was looking "off." he was pale, short of breath, slee ... Read on »
last night as i lay cuddling... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health every night at bedtime, asher wants me to cuddle him to sleep. it's my favourite time of the day. see, the older kids slept with me until, well... asher. and even stil ... Read on »
as 2010 becomes 2011... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i'm thinking back over this past year. and, um, yeah. wow. it began with an ironic twist. having told asher that i refused to bring in the new year in the hospital ... Read on »
christmas 2010 by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health yes, this post is late, and no, i don't have any pictures. :( i've lost my camera, which makes me very, very sad. so you're just gonna have to imagine all that i'm going to ... Read on »
on this day in history... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i took asher to our local emerg. he was having trouble breathing. i thought he would just need some oxygen and then he'd come home. instead, we were sent to london. wh ... Read on »
it's a sad day today. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health my post this morning was inspired by a post on  Adventures of a Funky Heart , written by Steve Catoe . the entire blog is devoted to CHD, providing tons of information about ... 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 »
how AMAZING!!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health can you believe that on thursday... 4 days from today... ASHER TURNS 4!!!!!!! honestly, i can't believe it! just thinking about it makes me cry. even the most fa ... Read on »
in case you were wondering... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health recently, a friend of mine asked a question on her facebook: what are the "extra" expenses that you incur when caring for a medically fragile child, especially the expenses ... Read on »
dude, you are such a dude!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so, this morning, i picked up asher from his sunday school class, and he and i meandered down the hall to get blithe and bram from their class. as we're walking, he saw an o ... Read on »
look what my baby can do!!!!!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health that's right, asher fans. HE CAN WRITE HIS OWN NAME!!!!!!!!! and he's not even 4. yup. he rocks. and those faces... those perfectly (for a kid) drawn faces... yo ... Read on »