Heart Catheterizations, Neuropsychological testing and other big words

April 16, 2015/Confessions

So… Ryan’s cath is next Friday.

Ryan Marquiss

Yep. I’m freaking out just a little bit, which is different for me. I think I’m more in touch with my feelings than I have been. Ever.


Typically it’s just another thing on my To Do list until the day of, then I get little butterflies as I hand him off.

Ryan Marquiss

I have butterflies right now. As I type. Lots of them.

I had them last week, too, when I realized it was time to think about childcare for the other hobbits while I’m at the hospital with Ryan.

I have so many butterflies I’m pretty sure I could stock a field with them. Anyone need anything pollinated?

I’m trying not to think about it too much. It’s easier that way. Feelings are for the birds. Kidding. Kind of.

And I’m praying because Ryan has a little cold. I’m hoping he works through it in the next 10 days. I’m confident he can.  Postponing isn’t the end of the world, but would be super inconvenient. (I kid myself if I think I’m no longer a planner.)

Ryan Marquiss

He also has some neuropsychological testing the day before for a study his cardiologist is involved with tracking kids with congenital heart disease.  Basically, they’re seeing kids develop learning disabilities around middle school, possibly due to decreased oxygenation. To combat this, his cardiologist is working with a neuropsychologist to screen kids and give them brain exercises to help connect the missing synapses. Gah!  Amazing, right?

Ryan Marquiss

So we’ll have two long days.  I’ll update on FB and Instagram. You can “like”  or “follow” my FB page or find me on the ‘gram at leighannmarquiss.

Comments (11)

  • Martha / April 16, 2015 / Reply

    I’m praying for all of you. May the Lord continue to hold you in His hands. Will be looking for all updates.

  • Linda / April 16, 2015 / Reply

    Hi Leighann…I haven’t been reading my email much lately…but saw this update from you about Ryan’s heart cath, and I wanted to be sure to tell you that John and I will be praying for you and him, as he has this done. I remember when our Anna would have to go in for those and as she got to be older she got nervous (anxious) about them, so I will pray that Ryan won’t get that way….and also we will pray that your “butterflies” won’t be too bad, or get out of control! I know Lynnette would get that way too. So, we understand honey, and we will be praying. Love you! Momma Linda

    • Gail / April 16, 2015 / Reply

      Keeping Ryan and your sweet family in my thoughts and prayers.

      Annapolis, MD

  • Becky / April 16, 2015 / Reply

    will be praying as we all do for your sweet gang. I love Ryan’s new ride he has picked out

  • Janna / April 16, 2015 / Reply

    The Lord has this covered! 🙂

  • Courtney Smith Cassada / April 16, 2015 / Reply

    but the GOOD news is this means i might get to see you?!? praying for your heart…and butterflies, sweet friend!

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  • chris / April 19, 2015 / Reply

    My grandson was born with a CHD and other issues. Diagnosed as high functioning autistic. Found your statement about the study for heart children and their problems that develop in middle school interesting.

  • Dottie / April 21, 2015 / Reply

    Aww love you guys. Will keep little Ryan in our prayers!

  • Denise Schlimgen / April 22, 2015 / Reply

    Just wanted to let you know I’m praying for you all! You’re a great momma. ☺

  • Deb Chura / May 13, 2015 / Reply

    Trust in the Lord and lean not unto thy own understanding —it hard to do but when we realize He(Jesus) cares for them more then we know it makes it a little easier.

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