Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Day 2 Morning Update
C's heart continues to slip into an arrhythmia called Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia (JET), this sometimes happens after open heart surgery. C's getting amiodarone and some extra bolous fluids every once in a while to help. They are also pacing his heart with an external pace maker. He's currently being paced at about 160bpm to keep his heart beating faster than the level where they are seeing the JET occur. They had to add a mild diuretic because his urine output decreased a bit with all this heart stuff. But they say he continues to profuse well even when in JET, which is apparently a good thing. We aren't even 24 hours post-op yet and we did have a pulmonary hypertensive crisis in the OR so he'll stay sedated and paralyzed again today.