I mentioned a few posts ago that Annabelle had a slight SVT episode on Sunday. They had checked her electrolytes and found that her potassium (and maybe magnesium, I don’t remember) were low, so replaced them and chalked it up to that.
However, a different cardiologist is on board up here on the floor, one who specializes in heart arrhythmia, and he said he looked at her EKG and thought that the episodes looked suspicious of one NOT caused by electrolyte issues.
Annabelle has never had heart rhythm issues so this is a completely new area to me. But he said it was possible that it is something inherent in her new heart, or it could have been a one time thing post surgery, but he wants to do a pacing study on Thursday or Friday to see if they can artificially induce it and study the rhythm. Not 100% sure how I feel about that, but the thought is, if she is going to be prone to having them, there is a medicine they can put her on to prevent it.
I HATE the thought of being on another medicine, and I really really HATE the thought of having yet another heart problem. *sigh* But I’d rather find it out and treat it now, than be home and have her heart rate go crazy and me not be able to do anything about it.
Re: Oxygen. We are TRYING to wean her from 1/2 liter to 1/4. But we keep having to go back up! She woke up junky this morning, and needed an extra breathing treatment. I’m trying to remind myself we are only 5 days post OP… this is all normal and I need to not rush things! I guess things had just been going SO fast and doing SO well, I’d gotten ahead of myself.
Please though, continue to pray that we can get her oxygen down. I was really really hoping we could go home without it, but if we still need it, as long as we are home, that is what matters!
Our hope was to go home by Friday. But they are talking about doing the pacing study Thursday or Friday, so unsure if that affects our go home date. To be determined, I guess.
Being at the hospital is harder this time. I was here for over 10 months straight, and had gotten into a rhythm. But even just the 10 days at home (6 days the first time and 4 days the second) were enough to ruin me! I ALMOST want to pull out my hair! Reading a book doesn’t even help, and I’m an avid reader!!!! I really just want to go home again. *sigh*
Sorry, my complaining is over. This is me bucking up and getting over it. If I could last 10 months… I can last a few more days. Grin and bear it… that’s my motto!