Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Zipper

In honor of the zipper inventor Gideon Sundback, this was Google’s home page today. Normally I would not even think twice, but given Ryleigh’s heart diagnosis and knowing her chest scar will be called a “zipper” this home page made me stop and appreciate it.. The small things now have meaning I guess.

Children and adults who have a heart condition that require(s/ed) open heart surgery (OHS) have a scar known as a zipper. I was intrigued that this was the name of it, but found it very interesting. Parents of children who have a CHD child are known as either a heart mom or heart dad, and kids are referred to as heart kids.

I feel like I am learning a whole other language. More to come on my educational journey.

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