Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday's cardiology appt.

Today's appointment seemed to complicate things a bit... Rowan's heart rate has been between 165-180 for the last few days and is a normal rhythm. But this is not how the cardiologist expected her to react to the medication that I'm taking. He now thinks that there may be a different cause for her SVT. Instead of an accessory pathway, it's possible that she has PJRT. The short story is that in either case, her heart is receiving the signal to beat from the wrong place. It's an electrical issue and it will require medication and possible catheter ablation surgery.

But it may mean different treatment in the meantime/more time trying to figure it all out after she's born. I am being discharged today, but we have to stay in SLC until Wednesday to have another fetal echo and NST. Up until today, Rowan's heart has been reacting well to her movements (basically what the NST looks for is acceleration in the heart during the baby's movements—means that she is getting enough oxygen), but today's NST didn't show the good accelerations that were present in all of the NSTs we've had since Wednesday. It could be a fluke, but we're checking again on Wednesday to make sure. And I will most likely get weekly NSTs after we return home. If she continues to show the lower reactivity then I will have to have a c-section. Not now, but when she's full-term. Crossing my fingers that it doesn't come to this.

This has been so exhausting for all of us. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful support from our friends and family. We definitely couldn't do it without you. We really can't thank you enough.

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