But now I will. Thank you, Peter and Roger, Dino and ALL of you!
For the past week, Dondra was admitted three times for the same problem: Atrial Fibrillation with RVR. ("Atrial Fibrillation with Rapid Ventricular Response")
The following explanation is from Myheart.net......."Usually the heart is like clockwork, the top (collecting) chambers beat then the bottom (main pumping) chambers sense this and also beat, and so on, in a nice regular fashion just like a clock ticking second after second. Usually the heart beats at about 60-80 beats per minute. In Afib the top chamber basically goes crazy often firing off over 400 beats per minute! Luckily the bottom chamber doesn’t allow all those impulses through but it does let every second or third one through. This can give a heart rate of 100-180 beats per minute at rest, still too many beats, known as Afib with RVR, leading to symptoms and problems with heart function. Afib does not necessarily lead to Afib with RVR however, Afib can be rate controlled, sometimes naturally, sometimes using medications and sometimes requiring procedures ...."
My Dondra (She hates it when I call her "Madondra") has had this going on off and on for a couple of years now, but till now her heart has always "righted" itself. This is no longer the case and the only thing to do right now is to take her to the ER and get her admitted for IV fluids which do work - for 24 hours.
A procedure called an "Ablation" has been scheduled, but cannot be done by her cardiologist until the first week in August and there is no one at our hospital who can do this procedure before then. We're considering other doctors at the present time.
This is what an "Ablation" is (again from Myheart.net): "Ablation procedures are minimally invasive procedures typically done through the groin. They are typically used in patients that have tried, or cannot tolerate medicines for control of AFib. Ablation is typically not used as an emergency treatment of Afib with RVR, rather it is used for stable patients in AF, or those with intermittent AFib that wish to remain in normal rhythm. In patients that have had persistent Afib for a long time these procedures are not likely to be successful in the long term."
We also tried "cardioversion". That is, shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm. This too worked, but only for a short time. When I say "shocking" I mean just that - what you see done when someone has a heart attack - and we were both very scared that her heart might stop altogether.
Our Amy brought up the use of a pacemaker, which I also thought would be logical, but a discussion with her doc resulted in him telling us, that this is not the way to go. Neither is, according to him, a defibrillator another device inserted like a pacemaker, but which does what a shock does. Again, we were advised against it. I have forgotten the reasons why not (are you surprised? Next time I'll tape the doctor with my cell phone).
So that is where we are - with Dondra again in ICU, again converted to a normal rhythm with IV fluids, but how long will that last? I don't know if they will discharge her again or not. As home meds, she's currently taking triple the cardiac drug normally prescribed. Not to worry, I looked it up and there's no danger.
I have an android, but as of yet have not been able to figure it out, so I have to come home (which I do while our son is there and because we only live 10 minutes away from the hospital) to post updates.
I need your strong shoulders, my friends. Not to cry on but to lean on if only in a virtual way.
I will post more as I can.
We love y'all and Dondra sends smiles and love as well.
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