Well, somewhat good news today! I finally got a call back from a nurse, and she left a message on my voicemail. Dr. Trainor (the jerk) is out on vacation right now (awe, darn). So another on-call dr. looked at Kaylor’s readings from her heart monitor. She said that she has tachycardia. Not sure of the specific type yet, but it’s basically a disorder in which the heart sometimes has an extra beat, or gets “off rythym”.
I found the following information online:
Most tachycardias in childhood are not life threatening. In childhood it is important also to take account of the disruption to school and family life by attacks of tachycardia and of anxiety produced in children and their families by each episode. Decisions about treatment are based on symptoms, taking account of the frequency, duration and severity of episodes.
I also read that she should not have caffeine or any medications containing decongestants, which could increase the tachycardia attacks. The caffeine part will be no problem considering I haven’t drank/bought caffeinated pop for six years! There are also a couple other little things that she can do during an “attack” to calm her heart. They talk something about putting your thumb to your lips and blowing as if you were playing a trumpet.. the long, slow breaths should calm the heart, the article said.
So, needless to say, I have much relief, knowing that 1) it is not a life threatening issue, and 2) that there is a lot of information available, so that I can well educate myself on it. I thank God that it is not a serious heart issue. Someone (He) is watching over my baby, that’s for sure! Thank you for all the prayers… they have been appreciated and put to good use!!
On another note, my baby will be 5 tomorrow! It’s such a joyful yet sad day for me as her mother. Every year on her birthday I look back and ponder those moments that I had with her at each stage of her life. Each significant within itself. Tomorrow I will be very proud of the bright, sassy, beautiful little girl Kaylor has become, as well as feel a bit of sorrow that she is no longer the small infant I once held tightly in my arms.
So Kaylor is at grandma’s house tonight, Erik is in Chicago for conferences (left last night, coming home tomrrow) and I decided that I was going to hang a canopy in her room to surprise her when she comes home tomorrow. She has been wanting one, but it’s more fun this way! I think it looks really cute! I hope she loves it!
My mom & I are taking her for lunch tomorrow, then going to the Discovery Museum. We’re really going to make a day of having FUN! After all, you’re only gonna be 5, once! 😉