In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s what two of my young patients shared about what their hearts had to say this past week.
During one 3 year-old well child check, I was listening to the patient’s chest with my stethoscope. I told her to take big breaths while I listened to her lungs. After listening to her lungs, I told her I was going to listen to her heart. She promptly informed me, “My heart doesn’t know what you’re saying.”
And why would it? It doesn’t have ears after all.
After listening to the heart of one 4 year-old, he asked if he could listen. I helped him put on my stethoscope and directed him to where to listen. When he finished listening, I asked, “What does it sound like?” (I usually get answers like, “beep, beep” or “thump, thump.”) He answered, “My heart is farting.”
It was a proud moment for mom.
Happy Valentine’s Day. May your day be filled with love and laughter, it’s good for the heart.
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