Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Watching, Waiting

... and sleeping? Joey is having a sleep study done today while he naps. In looking for answers to his bradycardia (normal beat but VERY slow rate) the doctors have lined up a couple of tests in an attempt to determine where these episodes are originating.

Today they have him all hooked up to watch his breathing while he sleeps. All babies (an adults for that matter) have normal brief apneic (not breathing) episodes. The real question is if there is a correlation between them and his heart slowing down. Tonight or tomorrow they may do a test to monitor brain-waves to see if there any any neurologic component like seizures. Really, they are just trying to cover all their bases.

The fact is that on Thursday he had a lot of electricity sent through his little heart for which we are eternally grateful. After such an event, however, it might have irritated his heart's normal electrical circuit, so we are waiting to see what they can do about it. In the meantime, we are not going anywhere. The doctors made it clear that this is not a new baseline, but rather something to be treated.

Happily, Joey looks great! It is ironic to watch him acting like his normal happy self even while the monitor is showing his heart acting-up. It is comforting, though, that he is eating well, interacting like normal, and I can still snuggle him. My Little Miracle!

Praying for wisdom and guidance for these wonderful docs in treating our Joey!

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