My youngest son has a few quirky ailments like very dry eyes (he won't use the Restasis or the moisture drops, or heat compresses like the opthamologist suggested) and he tends to black out and sometimes even pass out if he stands up too fast or first thing in the morning (his doctor says it is dehydration and he keeps Gatorade and water by his bed to sip before getting up-it seems to work)(he gets this from me, I am a fainter) and he has been having "growing pains" in his hips, legs and shoulders for about a year so when he complained of some chest pain after school yesterday, I was sympathetic but I explained that it is probably his upper body growing now that his legs cannot possibly get any longer.
After his evening concert, he mentioned the pain again and said it was sharp and in his chest and upper to middle back made worse by bending, twisting his torso and lying down. His lungs seemed fine so he snuggled with me for awhile in my room until I fell asleep. This morning he felt the same and hadn't slept much so I made him an appt. with his pediatrician.
My husband took him and right before lunch time, he called me at work to tell me they were sending the little one for a cardiac test and I should meet him over at the hospital.
When I got there my husband said the doctor wanted to run a test to rule out Marfan syndrome which is a hereditary disease of the connective tissue of the body that can cause the heart to enlarge and the aorta to tear and can be very dangerous, even fatal. Some of the features include a tall and thin build, very long legs, arms and fingers, and problems with sight.
The echocardiogram was given by the same guy who checked out my husbands heart when he was in the hospital months ago and he was amazing. He said that although he is not a cardiologist, he could see that my son's heart looked good and even gave us a tour of it, naming all the chambers and valves. The test had to be sent away and we won't get the results for a few days but I am pretty confident that his heart is just fine.
I am going to keep my eye on him closely for the next few days and take him back next week to rule out any other scary diseases.
In other news, my car went to the doctor today today. My check engine (looks like a helicopter) light came on and my remote start stopped working.
My vent solenoid was bad. No idea what it does and I am not going to look it up.
I didn't celebrate Mardi Gras and I don't give up anything for Lent.