I swear, this kid just won't give her mommy a break. This week's Nonstress Test uncovered a possible Heart Arrhythmia -- her heart acceleration was good, but was sustained longer than what they want to see, and she also skipped a few beats during the test. Our OB is concerned; she's having us start bi-weekly Nonstress Tests as of Monday, and mentioned the possibility of treating this in utero if it persists (she'd put me on heart medication to help regulate the baby's heart rhythm). She also mentioned that this will be another item on the "to-do" list when the baby arrives -- getting her heart into good rhythm, probably through medications.
Even though Dr. Byrne had consulted with a Cardiologist to make sure this all isn't due to the baby's heart condition, she wasn't able to speak with our Cardiologist directly, Dr. Menon. So, once I got home and dried the tears, we sent him an email to make sure he's kept in the loop ...and literally within 2 minutes of hitting "send," he called us. Though the arrhythmia isn't really due to her heart defect, he told us that the range of the arrhythmia isn't a wide enough "swing" to warrant treatment --our baby's baseline heart rate is 115, her accelerations were around 122 and 140 and sustained just a bit longer than they should be ....if it were more like a baseline of 100 with acceleration to 180, then he'd be concerned, and we'd be looking at medications. As well, her heart skipping beats is somewhat par for the course with Tricuspid Atresia. Making sure she has good heart rhythm once she's here is already among the "to-dos" upon her birth, and medications to help it regulate are also a possibility. Basically, he told us that OBs tend to be a bit overly cautious when it comes to babies with heart conditions; Dr. Byrne is right to be concerned and keep a close eye on this, but it's nothing to lose sleep over either.
So, once again, Shaji Menon is our hero, and I can't thank him enough! And we're just praying that all goes well come Monday.