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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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ASHER'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health his bumblebee backpack. it's so huge on him! look how proud he is of himself. LOOK AT MY LITTLEST MAN!!!!!!! this is a ... 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 »
in the ping-pong game of hospital life, asher and i are the ball. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health remember a few weeks ago when dr w suggested discussing asher's fainting etc with neuro? and remember how neuro said, "fainting is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure. ... Read on »
update on Ali by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health sorry i haven't posted recently about ali. i hadn't heard anything for a while there, but i now have amazing news!!! ali went home on monday night!!!! he is weak, pale, a ... Read on »
even *i* cannot come up with a clever caption for this pic! LOL by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health asher's dad just sent me this pic. asher likes to cuddle in his sleep, can you tell? Read on »
would it surprise you to know i spent last night reading? by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health no? ah, you know me well. ;) well, here is what i found: epilepsy adds yet another layer of complexity to asher's already complex health and treatment. take some of these ... Read on »
i'm actually cool with this latest development, but every time i write a title it sounds bitter,... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health in the last six weeks, we've had a clinic appointment every week. cardio. (the emerg appointment for function echo) immunology.  cardio (for holter) nephro ... Read on »
yes, there's a real update coming today, but first... an awesome pic of asher!!!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health how cute is this little man of mine, eh? (he's smiling b/c he didn't know i'd spiked his hair at the time. so, shhhh... don't tell him. {wink} ) thank-you, allison, for ... Read on »
if this is friday, it must be cardio. just cardio, though. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health as the title implies, we went to cardio in london today for an echo. they were looking at asher's arch, to see if that is, in fact, the problem. turns out, it isn't. ... 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 »
please pray by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health i went to visit a "friend" today... it's in quotes because i'd never actually met her, but she's on my facebook and she's a heart mom, so it counts in a strange, 21st centur ... 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 »
the "emergency" cardio appointment by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health we just got back from cardiology, so i thought i'd post about how it went. i'll start with the good news. his sats were 98%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just can't get use ... Read on »
no, i hadn't forgotten about you... i just *really* don't want to post about this... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health yes, i know, it's been over a week since i last posted here. and i know a lot of you are going to be thinking, "wow, things must be going great in asherland!" sadly... not s ... Read on »
if it's thursday, this must be paeds. and emerg. and cardio. by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health true, the sentence above makes a witty post title. sadly, however, it doesn't make a good day. in fact, i think there's only one word which properly sums up today: ugh. with ... Read on »
it's how i roll by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health this morning, i was chatting with a friend, a fellow heart mom (gotta love facebook!), and i got to thinking. this life, you know, it does things to you. weird things. it wa ... Read on »
asher's new 'do by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health look how cute he looks with his little "faux-hawk"!!!! i figured it matches his personality. haha and the tale... so, asher's hair is insane when it's longer. and it wa ... Read on »
och, the wee lad... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health so, bram needs a band-aid for his foot, because he got a blister. of course, we're out of band-aids. so, blithe picked up band-aids while she was out for dinner with h ... Read on »
an email i just sent to someone... by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health hi, i was journaling tonight, and got to thinking (as one is wont to do while journaling, i suppose), and i wanted to thank you for writing this book and for telling ou ... Read on »
make sure you're sitting down before you read this post, because it's just. that. awesome!!!!! by Heather Heywood Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health saw paeds today. for the dreaded weight check. and.... ready for this? 13.8kg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE GAINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this means that ... Read on »