Dawn giving everyone out there a "thumbs up" to let you know she's still fighting!
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.
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.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute