*We children received this update from Dad via text at 9:15 Central Time this morning.
Mom has had a pretty good day. Nights are a bit hard to sleep with all the rest we are getting during the daytime. But a good piece of news is that she seems to have almost no ectopy [funky heart rhythms] when she is up, moving about. I've watched closely to see if this is a sampling error. The telemetry unit has more difficulty analyzing the EKG with the patient moving. But it looks real, though I can't explain it. The salutory effect of the activity seems to last about half hour after she stops too.
I'm getting very anxious to get her home, where we can both rest in earnest. The worry (imagine that I could worry) is that I won't have all the backup there that this fantastic ICU has. I have called a friend, Scott Dalebought (sp). His business involves hospital monitoring equipment. I have asked a favor, that he could loan us some sample equipment so that I can at least watch her EKG from time to time, just for the reassurance it will give me. He has generously set up some stuff to help. It will make our transition to home much easier for me. The device she has implanted is state of the art, it will communicate by bluetooth-like radio waves with a receiver in our home. That info will then be downloaded via landline to a database that mom's doctors tie into to see how she is doing. The weakness is, it is not always real-time. As I've told you guys, this kind of heart problem is moment to moment.
She is resting right now. Hopefully home tomorrow or Monday. The drips have been off for about 15 hours. They are planning on bringing her paced rate down from 100, to 90 in a bit. We will have to see how she does with that. I think the overdrive pacing has been very important in keeping any ectopy from having its way with her rhythm. Its one of the most important steps to getting her out of here. Prayers.
Like flipping a switch, her condition could change from flourishing, to death, not to put too fine a point on it. For my own peace of mind, I need to see her real-time EKG now and then.