Growing up in Burrwood

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Supraventricular Tachycardia

William has Supraventricular Tachycardia, Tachycardias are rhythm disorders in which the heart beats faster than normal. They are generally not life threatening unless you have other heart disorders. But because of Williams history and the fact that he gets dizzy and lightheaded, short of breath and has pain with it makes it dangerous for him. They gave him some meds to get him through the holidays but are setting up an appointment in Madison to have a procedure where they go up through his groin into his heart and see what’s going on. They can follow his beat and see the electric current that is making his heart speed up like that and fix it.
They said he has 3 options. Take meds, have the procedure done or do nothing. Because he has dizziness, pain and shortness of breath I don’t think doing nothing is a good idea. I’m not crazy about taking the medicine Diltiazem for very long either. He has a low blood pressure normally anyway and that medicine can lower it even more. What do you do for someone whose blood pressure drops? That makes me nervous too. We are also not crazy about having the procedure done either but it does seem like the best option, at least that way it will be fixed and over and done with and he won’t have this happen to him anymore and won’t have to take pills the rest of his life.
So that’s where we are at right now. They will be getting a hold of us to let us know when to take him to Madison but I imagine it won’t be until after the first of the year. I’m glad they want him to go to Madison and have it done at the University hospital. That’s where he’s had most of his surgeries and they have all his records there. I did like the doctor in Janesville but he said he’d also feel better with him going there. A doctor who says that tells me he’s a good doctor. He said he does those procedures but the University has better equipment and they know William there.
Well I better go and get busy. No matter what Christmas is just a couple days away and I have tons to do yet. I think I’ll go to the grocery store today and beat the last minute shoppers. I’m looking forward to having all the kids home, I always love that. So from my house and family to yours I wish a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas and I hope the New Year treats you well.
Love & Hugs to all!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dr. Appointment

Yesterday William had 3 palpitations very close together, He pushed the button on the monitor and then called like he was told to do. He puts the monitor to the phone and sends the report and they in turn  sends it to someone who reads them from what I understand.  A little while later his dad calls here and said they called him and said to call and make an appointment for him and that he should see a doctor as soon as he can. They did say that people who have had surgeries like he has had sometimes has this problem and that he's ok but needs to have a doctor check him over.  I know that's probably true and I'm trying to stay positive but gosh it's hard to do that. I think the thing that bothers me the most is that he says it hurts and is painful. I hope he can get in right away tomorrow and not have to wait a few days.

I'm glad he has the monitor and I'm glad he had these palpitations while he has it. I hate that he's having these issues but at least this way they can see that there really is something going on. I'm sure he will be fine, I know that. It's the thought of the possibility of him having to have yet another heart surgery that hurts the most.  Of course if he needs it I want him to have it but I wish I could do it for him. I would gladly trade places with him if I could. If only I could!

Thank you my friends, thank you for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers, it means a lot to me!

Friday, December 17, 2010


William got the heart monitor yesterday. When he feels his heart racing he pushes the button on it which transmits it to whoever reads it. If it’s ok they do nothing but if they feel there’s something wrong they will call us and either tell us to make a Doctor’s appointment or get to the ER immediately. He told us that he had two episodes the day before his appointment and another one at the doctors just before he got the monitor but nothing since. I asked him if it hurt and he said it did. I asked him if he could describe the pain but he couldn’t. He said it wasn’t a stabbing pain and it didn’t feel like there was something heavy on his chest, he just couldn’t describe it for me. He had a valve repaired when he was 4 and now that he’s 18 I am wondering if something is going on with that. They did tell us when he had his surgery that he may have to have it replaced when he’s an adult but I am hoping he won’t have too until he’s much much older. I know they know what they are doing but I wish they would have done a echo-cardiogram right away. Too me that would show them much more then then the monitor does.  I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong but that’s how I feel. I’m sure they will sooner or later but sooner would make me happy. I just want to know that he will be ok and not have to go through that again.He’s staying with us for awhile and I tell ya, if I think he’s sleeping too long I sneak up there to make sure he’s alright. I’m a basket case where it comes to my kids and grandkids. I’ve always been a worrier and I’m sure I always will be but I can’t help it. His dad keeps pretty cool but I think he does that more for my sake then anything else, he knows how I am. I just pray with all my heart that it’s nothing serious.
On other news of what’s going on around here…Would you believe I don’t have our Christmas tree up yet? There’s just been so much going on that I haven’t had time. On top of that, when you have a 2 year old tornado living with you I felt the longer I put it off the better it will be for all of us lol. Besides, I wanted so shampoo the carpet before I put it up and Sis and I got that done yesterday. We will probably put it up tonight after we get home from finishing up our shopping. Brody is going to be so much fun this year at Christmas. I love that age and he’s so animated that I can’t wait to see his reactions to everything. He’s so much fun to have around and makes me smile. He’s a lot of work too though and gets into things he shouldn’t but that goes with the territory. When you look at that sweet face you can’t stay mad at him for long.
Well I better get off of here and get dressed and put my face on before I face the world. As Carole would say…I have people to dazzle and I can’t do that unless I’m all diva’d up :) Have a great day Everyone and take care. If you go out, be safe.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Been a lot going on around here.

Another worry that’s on my mind and is more serious is William. He told me a couple weeks ago that he’s been noticing and feeling that his heart feels like it  is racing and is sometimes painful. I asked him if it happens a lot and he said it use to happen once in a while but lately it’s been happening more often. Needless to say my heart took a nose dive. We were shopping when he told me so as soon as we got home I called his dad and told him about it and for him to make a doctor’s appointment for him. His appointment is today and I pray to God that they say it’s all a normal thing for him and that all is okay. I’ll be a nervous wreck until he gets home and I find out what the doctor said.
So that’s what’s been keeping me busy. I have to catch up with all of you and find out how you guys are doing. Hope you’re doing well.
Love & Hugs