>If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might remember that a year ago this past November, I was dealing with a heart issue of the physical kind (See this post). I have a genetic disorder called Long QT-3 that essentially means my heart can stop beating while at rest (usually in sleep) and the electrical charges go haywire and the heart doesn’t continue beating. So you die.
This gene has been found in a number of my family members on my Dad’s side. Several of us now have heart “pacemakers.” The entire family enrolled in a study at a large university that is studying Long QT-3 and they were “thrilled” to have the opportunity to study a family with SO MANY defective people. *sigh*
In this program they offer free genetic testing for children with parents who have the bad gene. We had my girls tested in October, and I didn’t realize how much the stress of that has been playing on my mind. I know I’d get up some morning and feel relief when Oldest’s door was open because she’d gone to school. Then there were the moments throughout the night I’d go into Baby’s room to just be sure she was still breathing. I can relax now I think.
THEY TESTED NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT!! Happy Feet, Happy Feet!!!!!! WOOT!!!!!
The relief is unbelievable. I don’t cry very much, but today I had tears of joy streaming down my face when the researcher at the university gave me the good news. Thank you God for the beautiful things in life.