Saturday, February 11, 2006

HEART ISSUE?

Sure indeed, Max was just needing a few ZZZ's...so now I can finish the latest update. I probably only have about 30 minutes before he wakes up and is ready to play!

So last night Eliz and a few friends were over to scrapbook (my new obsession since it has everything to do with celebrating each and every moment of Max's life!!!) and literally Eliz and I were up and down the stairs every single minute taking turns checking on Max. His heart rate was dropping low and would stay there...but as soon as I would start to get worried, it would bounce back up.

Could this be a heart issue? I don't think so. You don't want to be paranoid, but you also don't want to miss something...so of course I will err on the side of being paranoid. Better to be safe than sorry. I am calling Max's cardiologist first thing on Monday. Thought about doing it last night, but then I decided to hold him instead and "jostle" him around a bit. That worked and when he returned to sleep, the heart was acting a little more normal.

This episode reminded me of a time after Max's initial Gtube surgery and his recovery wasn't going that well. His ICU nurse, a wonderful woman from New Zealand, was flicking Max on the side of his head to snap him out of his bradycardia (low heart rate episode). And she would say in her great accent, "C'mon Maxwell, wake up. C'mon Maxwell." I don't know why but that moment will always stay in my head. The combination of her strong New Zealand accent, her flicking my 'lil baby's head, then doctors coming in...quite a memory. I was tempted last night to do the infamous flicking but I chose the more motherly, gentle approach of picking him up and kissing him all over!

Oh sweet Max, you keep me on my toes, don't you???

4 comments:

Anara said...

I'm glad to hear Elizabeth is feeling better and able to come over. I bet your having a blast with Max's scrapbook, It looks like fun to do.
I can just see Max kicking water all over you when he gets his bath, that's also great when they enjoy their bath time, I alwasy loved bathing Vince, there's something very heart warming when you look into their eyes and see all the trust in the world in them, it's also great one on one time.
You two have a great weekend and I'll talk to you next week.
Give Max big hugs and kisses from Auntie Anara, I Love you two!!!!

Ruthie said...

Just keep going with your motherly instincts. They have seemed to work the best so far. You never know though, in the future when he is older and has a little attitude, the flicking the head thing might be just what he needs! :) Take care-

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Meredith said...

Today, I showed Davey the pictures of Max on your blog. Davey calls him "Mac...sss," which is close enough, I guess. Maybe we should call him "Big Mac..sss" since he's so chubby and delicious! Give him big wet kisses from us. We love you --
Meredith and Davey