12 October 2012 @ 01:34 am
Emergency room madness  
I just had to drive Daniel to the emergency room because his heart rate was over 200 beats per minute. 

I'm hoping he'll be fine, the doctors are having difficulty bringing his heart rate down despite having injected him with a bunch of medications. 

They informed me that they'll need to put him to sleep in order to shock his heart with some electricity in order to bring back his heart rate stable since the drugs aren't doing anything at all. 

We were immediately admitted at 11:30PM and have been here for two hours and counting. 
 
 
Current Music: *listening to the other parents snore in the family room*
Current Mood: worried
 
 
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[identity profile] slants-of-light.livejournal.com on October 12th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
hoping that he'll be fine.. :)
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[identity profile] kurarekurari.livejournal.com on October 12th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
OMG...I hope he is fine by now. I wish him well...
[identity profile] corlee1289.livejournal.com on October 15th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
He's fine and stable for the meantime, but they're going to keep him for a few more days in order to monitor him.
[identity profile] kurarekurari.livejournal.com on October 18th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
I read all your comments to this entry, and all I can do is wishing him well. I think your parents are glad the big sister reacted that way and thought of taking his pulse on her own. And it's understandable to see it as a cold, who would see sth. like that coming?! But I hope they find the reason of this, even if it implies that he has to have a pacemaker at that young age. But he and your family won't this to happen again, right?
[identity profile] showjuro.livejournal.com on October 13th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
I hope his heartbeat will stabilize soon. What happened to him?
[identity profile] corlee1289.livejournal.com on October 15th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
We mistook Daniel's lethargy and his other symptoms as a cold, which ended up really being something more serious relating to his heart. What it really was, was his heart was starting to malfunction so all his fluids were starting to get backed up in him.

He had no fever and he was pale with coughing and a runny nose, so we thought it was just a virus or a cold. But when he complained that his heart was beating really quickly, we got worried. I tried to take his pulse, but I couldn't, so I drove him to the ER.

When we brought him to the emergency room, the nurse tried to use the heart rate machine and it couldn't read him, then the nurse tried to manually count his heart rate and couldn't do that either. So he was immediately brought to the trauma unit and injected him with many doses of drugs in order to help slow down his heart rate (as it was beating over 200 beats/minute). When that didn't work, they wheeled him to the ICU to jolt his heart to reset it.

He's fine and stable for the meantime, but they're going to keep him there to monitor him in case if he relapses. The doctors are also 'hmm'ing and 'ahh'ing him and thinking what to do about his situation. They're contemplating about putting a pacemaker in him, but they're still thinking about it.
[identity profile] showjuro.livejournal.com on October 16th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
That's terrible! You mean his heart beat was too fast for the machine to detect it? Whar do you mean by 'so all his fluids were starting to get backed up in him'?

How old is he?

I sincerely wish him the best! It's good that he's stable for the moment.
[identity profile] corlee1289.livejournal.com on October 17th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, the simple normal heart rate machine wasn't able to get a reading, so they brought him to the trauma room and stuck the sensors all around his body to be able to count his heart rate.

The doctor explained that fluids in his body were starting to get back up, so fluids were starting to leak into his lungs (causing him to cough), as well as into his nose (runny nose). So she said it was normal for people to mistake these symptoms as it being a cold.

So thankfully, I when I went to try to take his pulse, I myself couldn't do so, so that's when I rushed him to the hospital realizing that something was drastically wrong.

He's 14 years old, which he's now legally able to make any medical decisions on his own, but the doctors still like to talk to the family~

He'll be doing an operation on Friday to get a defibrillator implanted in him so that it will monitor his heart in the event this situation occurs again, in any case, my dad and I will be going to the hospital to speak in more details with my professor.
[identity profile] showjuro.livejournal.com on October 18th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
Hehe, doctors usually talk to the family if the patient is young. Do you know what caused the fluids to get back up and enter his lungs?

[identity profile] corlee1289.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
Indeed, that is true, however in Canada, once you're 14 years old, the person is able to make their own legal medical decisions by themselves. But I'm glad they did do so~

What the doctor explained was that because his heart was beating so fast that it started to no longer pump fluids/blood properly because his heart was really strained.

So that meant, instead of squeezing his blood, it was just shuddering and wasn't pumping the blood/fluids. Therefore it started to back-up into his other systems.

The main take home message was that Daniel was having the heart arrhythmias a few days before, so his heart was already strained, therefore presenting symptoms that looked very similar to a cold.

It was only a few days later, on Thursday evening, that Daniel FELT his heart beating really fast which led me driving him to the ER.
[identity profile] showjuro.livejournal.com on October 23rd, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I see. I don't think we have any legal age to make medical decisions over here. This is the first time that I have heard of such a thing.

Do you know what was causing the heart arrhythmias?
[identity profile] atanah.livejournal.com on October 13th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
I hope everything is fine now, and he get better soon!
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[identity profile] william-hull.livejournal.com on October 18th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
How did I not know about this until today?! D:

I'm glad you reacted so quickly and that he's okay. I wouldn't have expected cold symptoms to actually be something so serious. Good luck tomorrow. I hope Daniel is able to go back to complaining about school soon.

...Also, really, he's fourteen already? Gosh these kids grow up fast. When the heck did that happen?
[identity profile] corlee1289.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
I don't know?

I was under the assumption that you knew since you told me that you do check my LJ entries that you knew about it and didn't contact me because you were trying to gather your thoughts or were too busy to reply back ^^;;

I'm also really glad (as well as my parents) that I reacted so quickly, otherwise Daniel could have gone into heart failure as by that point his heart was already so very strained from the heart arrhythmias.

The doctor explained that it was the other way around, the cold like symptoms were a result of his heart having been so stressed and strained from the fast heart rate that it started to back up fluids into his system (so fluids got into his lungs which caused him to cough, and his runny nose was due to the backed up mucous membranes).

Daniel's fine now and will be complaining about the loads of school work that's piled up since his absence as soon as he gets over the pain. His pain medications don't seem to be strong enough for him, but what did he expect after having been on morphine?

Yeah, Daniel's fourteen and the twins are now twelve... Don't 'cha feel old like me?
[identity profile] william-hull.livejournal.com on October 22nd, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Don't be silly, I could never feel as old as you. You're so oooold. OwO

You crazy head. I would contact you about this kind of thing. Also, I do despise the phone, but you can still call me if you need to.

XD Poor Daniel's school work. It's a good thing it's not the crazy amounts we get, or he'd never catch up. I hope he starts feeling better soon.