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6/18/2017 Latest post:
Joan and I (Skip), travelled to Indiana to visit family and friends. After about ten days Joan became uncomfortable and very short of breath. With the assistance of her daughter and son in law, we took Joan to Cameron hospital's emergency room. The excellent staff there took great care of Joan and she was feeling better and the physician considered sending her home but he decided to keep her overnight (thankfully), because very shortly after that deciding Joan had a serious arrhythmia issue and coded. She was successfully revived and transferred to Parkview Hospital Coronary ICU. This all happened on Sunday evening. Things were rough and the pain from the CPR was a constant reminder of the event. Joan remained in ICU And received great care. The following evening at nearly the same hour of the day, Joan had another arrhythmic event and coded again. Thank the Lord it was successful again! Now the pain from two CPR events is really a reminder of the events. Shortly after the second code a specialist from her pacemaker manufacturer arrived and increased the rate on the pacer. Wow, what a difference! Her color improved very shortly after and she began feeling more hopeful. She has since continued to improve. They are working with diuretics to get fluid removed and it is working. There have been medicine changes to help control her rhythm of her heart. This also seems to be helping. We hope to have her pacemaker replaced in a couple of days to one that also has a defibrillator included. This will be a great comfort. We know that we will be in the hospital here until at least a few days after this procedure. We will then hopefully be discharged and Joan will build her strength for another possible procedure a month later. More testing will need to be done regarding all of this. Her daughters are an army of support here at the hospital. Joan continues to be the sweetest patient that hospital workers have ever met. If you know her, this will not surprise you. We appreciate your prayers, love and support. Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.