Getting ready for bed in our hotel room this evening, Allie looked at my chest and asked, “Daddy, what’s that big pink stripe over your heart?”
I asked her to listen to my chest. I proceeded to explain about my heart surgery, explaining to her the mechanism of the heart, the circulatory system, and how Marfan syndrome causes problems with the arteries and valves. Then I explained how they took out the bad part and replaced it with an artificial graft, which is kind of like a little robot part.
Then she asked me to explain belly buttons. I did, and, when I finished, she asked, “Hey, Daddy, can you show me a cuddly robot?”
I said, “Right here!”
She smiled and gave me a hug.