February 24, 2010
Heart Block & Maybe Fluid ~ Update 6
Alexa has been doing for the most part very well. All the docs are very pleased with her progress. She was able to get extubated last night at about 4:45 a.m. It was rough but she did feel obviously relieved to have he tube gone. She has been feeling still quite a bit of pain today, being very restless. I notice she is not able to catch her breath and she panicks as do I. Kind of stays stuck in a breath. They think it is due to the chest tube pain. They are thinking she also might have some pleural effusions, fluid around the lungs. They are going to be doing a chest x-ray shortly. Another worry we have is that she is in complete heart block. This means her heart us unable to beat on it's own. There is a signal starting in her atrium but not registering within her ventricle at all. She is being paced with an external pacemaker now but they are hoping that it is just the inflamation affecting her and within a few days her electrical function will return. If not, Alexa will need another operation to implant a pacemaker. All very stressful. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. She does not feel well today at all. No smiles from my baby yet. Please pray that her normal heart rythim making ability returns soon. And for no fluid.