2:00 AM: We receive a call from NICU telling us that Louis has been in tachycardia since about 12:30 and that so far they’ve been unable to get him out of it. Charlie’s issues all stem from uncontrolled tachycardia, so this is not a phone call we want to receive. They ask for some details about Charlie, outline a new plan, and tell us they’ll call when there’s a change. They ask us which doctor we went to about Charlie’s heart (Dr. Fancy Pants Electro Phys).
8:00 AM: Pump.
9:00 AM: NICU calls. They are unable to get Louis’ heart rate below 200. They’ve called Dr. Fancy Pants and he’s outlined several courses of treatment, none of which our NICU is comfortable implementing. They’re making arrangements to have him transferred to that doctor’s hospital (a different hospital than the one they were thinking of moving him to a few days ago).
9:40 AM: Appointment with my OBGYN to check and see how I’m recovering from my c-section. I’m given the all-clear to drive.
10:15 AM: Husband calls. He’s at the hospital with the boys–Louis should be picked up any minute now. Drive directly to the hospital.
11:30 AM: Transport team arrives to pick up Louis. Much paperwork ensues.
12:30 PM: Pump.
1:00 PM: Drive across the lake to other hospital.
2:00 PM: Arrive at NICU #2 and am escorted to Louis’ bedside where a nurse is busy jabbing him with a needle. Neonatologist introduces me to two cardiologists who work with Dr. Fancy Pants. We talk for a bit and they write things down.
2:30 PM: Dr. Fancy Pants arrives with his entourage. The EKG tech arrives. Plan is developed–they will give Louis another shot of Adenosine (he’s had five at this point), and see what his heart does. They’ll read the EKG and move on from there.
3:00 PM: Adenosine is administered. Heart rate returns to normal briefly and then returns to the 200s. After examining the EKG, they decide that they’ll have to shock him. My mom starts crying.
3:15 PM: Doctor comes out to let us know that the shock was successful and Louis is back in regular sinus rhythm. I peek in on him and he’s fast asleep.
3:30 PM: Dash up to the Oncology ward to say hello to my SIL who’s receiving chemotherapy this week. She’s sleeping, so I head to the parking lot.
4:00 PM: Arrive at my parent’s house. Pump.
4:30 PM: Hop in the shower
5:00 PM: Head out to a blogger meetup that I planned back when I was still pregnant.
6:00 PM: Listen to a presentation on Word Press
7:00 PM: Enjoy a Sprite and truffle fries with some fellow bloggers.
9:00 PM: Pump
9:30 PM: Pack up car to head home.
10:30 PM: Arrive home.
11:00 PM: Pump
11:30 PM: Crawl into bed thoroughly exhausted.
Two kids at two different hospitals and not a great day for the pumping. Still, both of my boys are healthy and taken care of–the rest will have to figure itself out.