If incase you hadn’t read on Nora’s Facebook Page we spent the bulk of the day in the ER at Children’s.
Nora’s heart rate was elevated again early, early this morning and she may have been having some heart spasms. After consulting with her cardiologist later in the morning we opted to bring her in to the ER for assessment. She’s also still having lots of belly issues that are probably being aggravated by the antibiotic.
Just to make sure there wasn’t anything going on with her digestive tract, they did X-rays of her abdomen. That all looked normal, which kind of surprised me. I almost expected them to report back that there was a fanged, tentacled, gastastic monster camping out in there!
Her EKG results didn’t show anything out of whack either.
On the advice of our cardiologist by phone we had them do some blood work to see for sure if there were any bacterial infections going on. We hated to get her poked and prodded, but it was a necessary evil. The first attempt didn’t take – grrrrrrrrrrr – so they had to stick her TWICE. Fortunately the second time went smoothly.
We really were not sure what to expect, but were delighted when a very shorter than anticipated time later the doctor came back and told us that her labs were all clear!! The only thing that needed to be treated was her fever which was probably brought on by her cold. We could do that at home with Tylenol. The fever, undoubtedly was causing the tachycardia.
While we were at the hospital she never had any drastic drops in her heart rate to indicate any heart spasms, but if that had been going on earlier, the fact that she was able to bring it right back up was reassuring and doesn’t give too much cause for alarm.
While she and I were resting on the floor, a sweet and special big sister snuck in with a rose for us. We know it was from her because there was a note taped to it that said, “From Greta” She sure is sweet!
I am blissfully thankful to be writing this from the comfort of my own bed, being serenaded by a distant train whistle instead of alarms and beeping while shivering on a plastic fold out couch. Nora is in the loving care of her night nurse in her familiar living room / bedroom, free of any leads and wires. Please, please, God, let this be the end of these hospital episodes for awhile!!
Thank you so very much for all of your prayers today, and for your comforting words. We were so very touched and moved to tears at this outpouring of love from so many people! I’ve wondered what it must look like if you could physically see all of the prayers going up for Nora–how beautiful that must be.
I’m off to Sleeptown, USA. Now boarding….
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)