A few weeks ago Linda visited her primary care Dr. and while
she was there her heart was in AFib the whole time. AFib or atrial fibrillation is a very common
condition that makes the heart beat irregularly. One of the ways that they fix
that is shocking your heart and when it starts back up the hope is that your
heart will restart back into a normal rhythm.
Linda had this procedure done on January 12 and it was successful! Later that night when she got home she was in
terrible pain and her daughter and daughter in law (as well as herself) could
just tell that there was something more going on. Around 10pm that night Linda made the choice to
go back to the hospital. It took quite a few hours to figure out what was
really going on but after a CT scan they were able to diagnose that she had a
small tear in her esophagus. While performing the Afib shock procedure they put
a medical instrument down Linda’s throat and that is how she got the small
tear. She was transported to a hospital
that could handle her case and was put into the ICU.
More tests were ran and the Docs determined that they wanted
to put her on a vent and insert some tubes into her chest to drain fluid (that escaped
through the hole). They also placed a feeding tube so she would receive nutrients
while her esophagus healed.
That night Linda was not able to rest well and we later
found out that her IV was not working properly. Once that was found they moved
the IV and she was able to rest more comfortably. However her heart went back into AFib. They are treating with medication and will try again in the next few days to get her heart out of AFib.
We really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers but we ask that she have no visitors at this time. We promise to keep you all up to date through this page.
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