Yesterday Will's heart starting beating too fast. For the last 24 hours is was between 150-160 bpm (beats per minute). (60-90 bpm is normal) They took a bunch of tests to rule out really life-threatening problems. The drs. thought it might be because they took off too much fluid too fast, but when they put some fluid in to "give the heart a drink" it came right back off and it didn't change the rate at all. So we know that wasn't it. They did an EKG and it looked normal except beating too fast. They did an ultrasound and didn't find anything. So now they will do more tests this morning. They do have some ideas of what it could be, but they are keeping it to themselves. When I need to know what's going on, I ask the the sweet nurses that are on duty. They tell me all I need to know. I think I need to enlarge my house so when I go home I can take them with me. We had some nurses that helped Will down in Surgery intensive care unit and they floated up to this floor today. It was good to see them. They weren't too happy to see Will still here after 3 weeks with them and now 5 weeks with these nurses. But I told them that we're almost done playing around and now we are getting serious about getting out of here. :)
While this was happening they had to decide just to freeze everything where it was. He didn't have any exercises and no breathing treatments today or tonight. We went back up on the vent settings because they were worried that he was working too hard. When your heart beats that fast you get exhausted. Well, with him trying to get his breathing muscles working again, it taxes all your strength so they just put him back on support of the breathing machine instead of him trying to breathe on his own. So he's been asleep most of the day and night.
This morning was the morning they had planned to get him off the vent. The goal was just about there. His settings were showing that he was almost ready. So now I don't know if he has to go through all that slow weaning down again once they find what happened with his heart rate, or if he can just go right back to the settings he was on. We will find out when the drs. make their rounds this morning. This is just another little bump and his heart is already slowing way down to 120. So things are looking better.
I told him just now that he's done just laying around, he said okay. He's ready to run. So I heard it from him. Then I told God in my prayers today what Will said. So hopefully between them both we will be doing great things now. If we get any of the tests back today before I go home to sleep, I will post them for you. Pray for his heart to fix itself. Thank you