Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day Two: Part Two

It's a little after four and I finally have a few minutes alone/sans prodding. I received my final digoxin IV this morning, followed by my first oral dose of the same drug shortly after. I also had to get a potassium IV to make sure my levels were normal. Now I'm just waiting for someone to draw some more blood to make sure that my body is processing all of the medication well.

Brady left for Idaho Falls late this morning. He wanted to get back home to take Ella to her orientation for first grade later tonight. We're trying to make this as easy for her as possible, but she doesn't like hearing that there's something wrong with her baby sister. Hopefully they'll come back down to SLC tomorrow morning so I don't have to be stuck here alone for much longer.

I received another ultrasound this afternoon and everything still looks fine—no signs of damage. But the baby's heart rate is still high. We were told that this could take several days (or more), so I wasn't expecting anything drastic to change—especially since my first dose of the medication was less than 24 hours ago.

I'm scheduled to go back to PCMC (Primary Children's Medical Center) tomorrow at 11 am to see the pediatric cardiologist/get another echo on the baby's heart. Our hope is that there are still no signs of damage, as that will drastically change our course of action (deliver the baby soon). But if the digoxin isn't enough to convert her heart into a normal rhythm, we will have to try other medications. Let's just hope it doesn't come to this.

I am still doing well, but it's been emotional. I wasn't expecting to have to talk to high-risk OBs and neonatologists about the possibility of delivering a baby at 25/26 weeks. And it's really, REALLY scary.

So keep sending your good thoughts. More soon.

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