October 22, 2010

Be Still My Beating Heart (or her heart)

We just spent 4 hours in the emergency room at Primary Children's Hospital with our youngest. Lois called around 5:30 tonight and said that Aly was having deep chest pains and that she wasn't feeling well. She says she took her pulse and it was racing. All of this was very scary.
When Lois was a teenager she had to have open heart surgery and when Jeni was 11 months old she had to have heart surgery as well. They both were completely opposite things. One of them had a valve that should have closed, while the other had one that didn't open. We later found out from a heart surgeon that Jeni's condition was most likely related. Our first thought raised suspicions that maybe Aly had some sort of inherent condition.
We spent the first hour waiting to get admitted and then they did an EKG. The results from that turned out great and even though she was still in some pain that kept waxing and waning, her pulse and vitals were perfect. 
Lois and Aly and I had already run through a bunch of questions trying to pinpoint some other problem even before we arrived at the hospital. 
The pain it seemed, had started earlier in the week. I asked Aly if she had injured herself and Lois realized that they had almost been in a car wreck on Monday. A woman had cut in front of her and Aly while they were driving and Lois had to slam on the brakes. They both had mentioned it on Monday but I had forgotten about it. It turned out that even though there wasn't a wreck, Aly could have suffered some injury from the seat belt as they both flew forward. The pain had slowly been growing over the week and today she got sick and threw up. The doctor did an x-ray and they didn't see anything unusual. So the end result was that she had two things going on. One was a viral infection and the other was some chest trauma. Something like that. They ended up giving her some Ibuprofen and that seemed to work. We were told to keep an eye on her and see her doctor on Monday, but if there was any more of the rapid heart beating over the weekend, then we needed to bring her back.
Sigh...now I can't sleep and it's after midnight.


Bitter_Angel said...

Sending healing thoughts your way.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Wow, scary! Good healing wishes to her.

Krëg said...

That is scary as hell.

Here's hoping it was an isolated thing.

nikki said...

How scary! I hope the Ibuprofen will do the trick. Tell Aly we are thinking about her and we are glad she is okay.

The Wanna Be Photographer said...

Man...I am glad to hear that it wasn't her heart as far as they can tell. I hope she gets feeling beter really soon.

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Thank you all very much. The Ibuprofen seems to be helping. She is still having some chest pains, but it must be doing something for the inflammation. She must be feeling a lot better and she's not crying and throwing up, so that's good.
Have a great weekend.

tkdmama said...

Analisa was a little freaked out last night. Any kind of chest pain and racing heart beat in our kids is so scary. So glad that Aly is ok. Those chest wall injuries take a while to heal. Prayers are with you!

Paula said...

We parents are always concerned about our children but our hearts feel like stopping when one thing like this happens. We also have lived some very scary episodes and believe me even when they are grown up we never stop woring. I guess this feeling comes from the very first day they are born and will never end, hopefully.
Sending my best wishes to all of you. Special prayers for you kid.

kristine said...

I'm sorry to hear about time spent in emergency wards with children. always the worst.

I'm happy to hear she's starting to feel better.

Sending lots of love and peace your way. Hope Lois takes it easy to - those kind of car things can take their toll.

Teri said...

So sorry to have missed this post- sending thoughts for Aly's continued well being. Lots of love for the whole family- teri

kwr221 said...

wow, what a scare!

Debra W said...

Poor kiddo! I hope that everything is better now. It's always very scary when our children come down with something unusual! I do hope that this was just a passing thing.


Anvilcloud said...

Given family history, that would have been quite scary.


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