We created this blog to help us document the story of Malia starting at 29 weeks in utero. There have been and continue to be struggles for Malia and for us. It is evident to us, as you will see, that the power of prayer is mighty and God does love us and hear our prayers. We welcome and invite you to follow along with us. Though lengthy, start from the bottom to get the entire story so far.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Heart monitoring roller coaster...

After a pretty rough night, with little or no sleep, we started a roller coaster ride of baby monitor telling us something different than the ultrasound machine. We would gain hope that things were improving and then they would hook up the ultrasound and examine the heart only to find it still in atrial flutter. In the morning ultrasound they saw 1:1 heart rate of about 230 which changed the classification to SVT. Then in the afternoon/evening they ultrasound again and find it right back where it was in atrial flutter. The hydrops/fluid still remained with only slight change for the worse but still not causing them to change any treatment. Alison continued to feel side effects from the medicine, but nothing like what the doctors had expected. One doctor was joking about the fact that she would be seeing blue halos and hallucinating, but Alison's main symptoms were nausea which was being effectively resolved by Zofran. Alison was impressing the doctors, though at the same time the level of the heart medicine in her blood was increasing verrry slowly. Thus not allowing the medicine into the baby's system. This caused the need for continuation of another round of the medicine. Ended the day with Alison enjoying her Ambien - causing her to go to sleep pretty quickly/easily.