Monday, October 26, 2009

Bringing in the Big Guns

The cardiologist explained that Barrett's heart apparently didn't respond as well as he hoped to the oral heart medicine. So now, he is putting him on a bigger, stronger medicine that should keep his heart under control. It will take the new medicine about 5-8 days to "load" into Barrett's system before it will be effective. We'll be in the ICU for a while until the doctor sends us home on a loading dose of an oral version of the new medicine, in addition to the old medicine. Thankfully, Barrett's condition is not as critical as the last stay in ICU because he was not in SVT long enough to put him into cardiomyopathy.
Right now, we are supposed to go home tomorrow. I have to say, I'm nervous to leave the ICU because I've become pretty reliant on looking at the machines and monitors to constantly check his heart rate...
Here's a picture of Barrett hanging out in his bouncer -- we scooted it up to his mini-hospital bed so that his IV cords could reach.

Here he is propped up in his boppy in the hospital bed.


  1. What a sweet little guy! We are praying for you guys still! That Barrett would respond appropriately to the oral version of his medication. That both of you will be given peace and confidence as you prepare to take your baby boy home and care for him there!
    You guys are wonderful parents and are going to do just wonderfully! We love you so much!

  2. Oh and p.s.
    We LOVE your new blog!! Great job!!! Thanks for sharing! Love you guys!

  3. Hi! I'm Tiffany Kopfinger's sister-in-law. We met at Tatum's party. Tiff has kept me updated on BArrett from the beginning. We have been (and will continue) to pray for y'all.
    If it's okay, I'm adding your blog to my blog roll so I can keep up with and pray for your little man.

    I follow another blog that you may want to check out when you have time. I don't know this family but was asked by a friend to pray for them when she was pregnant with her 4th child and he started having SVT before birth.
    He has been hospitalized several times and I pray that that does not become "Barrett's life".
    Her blog may help in some of your research on treatments and such as far as Barrett is concerned. Her son, Stellan, has very stubborn SVT. Here's her blog address:
    I think if you click on the "our family" tab, you'll see a link to Stellan's condition.

    Hope this helps some.

    Sending prayers your way.....
    Stacey Thornton