Sunday, December 7, 2008

From Mike: Day +12 (Day 6 in ICU)


Dawn giving everyone out there a "thumbs up" to let you know she's still fighting!

Update: 2:15pm
The echocardiogram looked really good. The fluid around the heart is much less than days past. They got her pulse down but it's slowly climbed back up, but not as high as before. It's between 100 and 140 now. There is still some fluttering. She's been awake for the last few hours, in good spirits. We've been telling her stories and jokes. Listening to music. She still hasn't had the CT scan. They have to inject contrast dye into her hickman and I think the dye isn't compatible with most medications she's been getting so they have to find a window to get that in.

Update: 11:30am
Dawn had an OK night. I think she didn't sleep very well so she's sleepy this morning. She had a lot of fluid output and her swelling looks a little better. She has some tenderness in the lower right abdomen which concerns the docs. There are a number of reasons she could have this pain so they're going to take some labs and do a CT scan to see if they can find anything. They're hoping is just gas buildup and cramping. She also developed an atrial fibrillation. The heart has it's own electrical system and sometimes things can fire too rapidly and out of sync with each other, causing a rapid pulse. A normal pulse is between 60 and 100 and she jumped to between 160 and 170. Her blood pressure has been stable so they're not too concerned yet but her heart is beating much faster than it should for just laying in bed. It's beating right now like she's running on a treadmill. They're trying a few things to get her pulse down. One cause of rapid heartbeat could be the fluid around the heart but they did an ultrasound and the fluid appears to be less today. They're currently doing an echocardiogram. For more information on atrial fibrillation, hit "start" on the animation below. There is sound so turn up the volume on your computer.



The<br /><br /> animation shows how the hearts electrical signal begins in a different place in<br /><br /> the heart, causing the atria to beat very fast and irregularly.


National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

4 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Mike
Dawn is a fighter, after all she has been through to still keep her spirits high and be able to joke and tell stories I feel she will beat this thing in the end. Keep fighting Dawn, there are a lot of people out there pulling for you and yes, also praying for you. For all that believe in prayer, pray, for all that believe in love, show your love, let's all pull together and see Dawn beat this.
Love
Grandpa Tony & Nancy

Shawn said...

Dawn I DECLARE that today Sunday the 7th will be a new day for you. I DECLARE FROM this day forward you are a walking talking miracle. CANCER you are DEAD and have no place in DAWNS body. YOU will BE a signpost to all who come across your path that GOD is real and HE will not be mocked. I DECLARE that from this day forth you are FREE from this curse. JESUS has set you FREE. I say NO more to the stench of death and say YES to LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE LIFE!!!!!!! IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!!!! SHINE JESUS SHINE!!!!! LET YOUR WORKS BE KNOWN!! AMEN Shawn and Neena ,Bridgett, Rose, Sienna , and soon to be 4th

Anonymous said...

HI DAWN, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND YOU HAVE A GREAT SPIRIT, WE PRAY FOR THE BOTH OF YOU TO HAVE A SUPERIOR DAY AND KEEP GETTING BETTER.WE MISS AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH...GRANDMA GREEN

Tara said...

Looking better each day Dawn!

_TARA