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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More waiting

The Cardiologist's office in Wichita called this morning to tell us the Cardiologist in KC will be calling us either today or Monday to schedule an appointment. The nurse couldn't tell me anything other than to expect a phone call. We're assuming that means they will be going through with the procedure to fix Kenten's heart.

I'll post more when we know more.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kenten's Doctor's Appointment 11/24/09

Today we visited with the Cardiologist. He diagnosed Kenten with AV Node Reentry Tachycardia. Here is a link with a really good description of what it is. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/HeartRhythmScreening/story?id=5244744

Dr. Allen, the Cardiologist in Wichita, is waiting to hear back from the Cardiologist in KC before we make a decision on a treatment. There are two things he is considering. One is the procedure described at the above website. The other is to change his medicine and monitor him more closely. At the moment Branden and I are leaning towards the procedure. We still need to visit with the doctor to have our questions answered. We feel, with the information we've been given, that it will benefit Kenten in the long run to have this procedure done rather than to just monitor him.

Dr. Allen did say that all of the tests showed his heart had developed normally and was "hooked up" properly. While wearing the Halter Monitor the only thing that was abnormal was one beat that was out of place, but it was nothing to worry about.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kenten's Doctor's Appointment 11/20/09

We went to the Cardiologist's office this morning. The nurse put the monitor on him. He will wear it until 11:30 on Saturday. Branden will take it off at that time. Then on Monday Branden will take it back to the Cardiologist's office. They will read the information and make a diagnosis. Kenten will go back to the Cardiologist on Tuesday morning to have an Echo and EKG done. The nurse said we will know everything on Tuesday. I'll update more then.
Kenten's 24 hour Halter Monitor
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Kenten's Doctor's Appointment 11/19/09

We went to the doctor today for a regular check up. While in the waiting room, Kenten complained that he felt like his heart was beating too fast. I told him to be sure to tell the doctor. Dr. Newlin listened to his heart and said it was beating twice as fast as it should be (187, it should have been in the 90s). He did a couple EKGs and decided to send us to the hospital where they could get his heart rate back down in a more controlled environment. He said he had SVT. After visiting with the Pediatric Cardiologist on the phone and a couple more EKGs Kenten's heart "broke" on it's own. This means it fixed itself. Dr. Newlin decided we didn't need to go to the hospital right away. He took a couple more EKG readings and sent us home. He later called us and told us he had spoken to a Cardiologist at Wesley and at Children's Mercy in KC, they all thought it would be best for Kenten to wear a Halter Monitor to get a 24 hour reading of his heart. So tomorrow we will be going to the hospital to have this monitor put on Kenten. He will wear it through Saturday and return to have the readings done and further decisions made.

The doctor said it can be a side affect of his medicine, but the medicine he takes should not have caused it alone. Later in our conversation, I asked about him being able to take Dimetapp for his cold and he said absolutely not. He then went on to say that the SVT could be caused by the mixture of the medicines. This would be the best case scenario. Please pray that this is it.

I visited with my mother-in-law, who is an RN, about SVT. She says it stand for Supraventricular tachycardia. It is caused by the upper portion of the heart not beating correrectly. And from what I understood of our conversation of all the tachycardias, it is the most scary. Kenten comes by it naturally on her side of the family. Although, it is very strange to see it in a person who is so young. Kenten is only 5.

I will let you all know what happens as we find out what is going on.