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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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the times, they are a-changing by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health well, asher is stable now. it has been over 5 months since his last admission, and even last month when he had that little "hiccup" he came out of it quickly and on one less ... Read on »
prayer requests by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i'm rallying the troops tonight for a couple friends who need prayer. Shawna i've mentioned shawna before . and once again (or rather, still) she needs prayer. the compl ... Read on »
and then, of course, God weighs in... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so, i'm sitting here, crying over the last post... and there comes that still, small Voice. when i shared at church in september , i talked about how God has been my R ... Read on »
crystal balls, looking back, and the unanswerable questions that break my heart by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health a friend of mine has a blog about parenting a medically fragile child. her daughter's condition is different than asher's, but our journeys as mothers have often been very s ... Read on »
happy hallowe'en!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health yes, yes, i know. it's already november and i still haven't posted about hallowe'en. bad asher's mom, bad bad asher's mom. and so here we go: the long-awaited post. ... Read on »
WHA-?!?! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health today we went for our regularly-scheduled cardio appointment in london. and all in all, it was... um... interesting. but in a good way, don't worry. {wink} first, we went ... Read on »
the update you've all been waiting for by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health ok, so we went to cardio in toronto today. here's the low-down the echo showed nothing wrong, other than some minor backflow through the arch (some blood flowing the wr ... Read on »
some musings here... nothing urgent about asher. just me and my faith journey. so don't feel you... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health a quick heads-up before you read: please don't misunderstand me, here. i'm not out to criticize anyone's faith, i'm not trying to say that i'm right and "they" are wrong ("t ... Read on »
the plan for tomorrow by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health the cardiology clinic at SickKids called this morning, and i now have the times for our appointment. we have to be at bloodwork for 8am (it's usually very busy there, wit ... Read on »
can you believe, we actually got to see a couple DOCTORS this weekend!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so, yesterday, asher wasn't doing so well again. after some humming and hawing (did i spell that right?) yesterday, i took him in to emerg in london. they took us into Am ... Read on »
there are no words... and yet i'm blogging??... i need help. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health those readers who are on my facebook or got my texts yesterday are aware of the fiasco o' the week. the rest of you... sigh... settle in, gentle readers, for a long and horr ... Read on »
days like this... i wish there was no such thing as CHD by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health when i turned on my computer this afternoon, i saw the news on facebook. little ewan, who was only two weeks old and was born with tetralogy of fallot, passed away last n ... Read on »
what a difference a pacemaker makes by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health saturday marked six months since asher was admitted to london's PCCU with severe bradycardia. when active (read: awake and playing a bit, since he wasn't nearly as energetic ... Read on »
the mind of a 3-year-old by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health for his after-school snack today, asher had apple slices. as i type this, the apple slices are on the floor. ME: asher, can you please pick the apple slices off the floor ... Read on »
i think some EEG leads would be helpful to have around the house [wink] by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so, asher went for an EEG this afternoon. it was interesting. i picked asher up from school. he'd had a great morning! he went to the gym with another little boy and they ... Read on »
it's asher's first FULL day of school today... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so, of course, i'm blogging about it. (did you expect me to not post here about this?) asher has been doing very well in school. he is loving every minute of it... or... ... 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 »
God aka our Refuge by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i was asked to share a little bit about the "asher journey" this morning in church. and when i say "a little bit," i mean... i was limited to 4 minutes!!! gah!!!! how to squ ... Read on »
the second intake meeting... after, you'll note, they have... uh... taken asher in...?? somehow... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health well, the meeting happened this morning at 9am. there was the principal and the VP, the primary LST (learning support teacher for primary grades), the special education dire ... Read on »
it's a good day. for sooooooooo many reasons. :) by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health asher started school today, although if you've been lurking here lately, you knew that already. [wink] so here's how it went i got to the school at noon to pick him up. i w ... Read on »