November 18, 2011

Throwing a wrench in the works...

Well, it's been too quiet around here, hasn't it?  Much to our relief, it has been pretty uneventful here, everyone is settling back into school, sleeping well, no major sicknesses.  We're getting ready for Tim's Make a Wish trip (more on that later), and preparing for the holidays.  So, I must say I was quite surprised when I got a call earlier this week after a routine, over the phone pacemaker check - things did not look quite right, and needed a more thorough check.

We took a quick trip to Children's on Monday and had Tim's pacemaker looked at and tested.  As is so often the case, the news isn't particularly good or bad really, just news.  He is experiencing arrhythmia, so we are increasing one of his medications and continuing to monitor.  More notably, one of his leads (the wires from the pacemaker to his heart) is not functioning properly.  One of the more likely causes is that it is broken or compromised in some way.  For the time being it is not life threatening, or an emergent problem, but it does need to be figured out.  We have to determine if it is indeed broken.  If so, should it be replaced (surgery) or just deactivated until he needs it?  He has an appointment after Thanksgiving with the cardiologist, and he'll have a Holter monitor to record all the activity, and then in early December we'll see the electrophysiologist to decide what to do next.

That's the story here.  In the next day or so, I am going to get up a post about Tim's Make a Wish and the wonderful celebration we had a few weeks ago.  In the meantime, here is a picture from Halloween.

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