This is Tracie's Mom - She asked me to blog for her. She is sitting here beside me and is doing OK, but she wanted to update everyone on what has happened this week.
Monday night, the septic overflowed in her house again, after she had just gotten everything cleaned. At this point, it was more than she could bear and she had a big panic attack. Her chest started hurting that night and continued hurting the next morning. She thought she might be having a heart attack so I took her to the ER. They did an EKG and determined she did not have a heart attack, just anxiety. While she was having her blood drawn, she passed out (as she often does) and her heart rate slowed until her heart stopped. Thankfully, a male nurse hit her in the chest and started her heart beating again. After that, the Cardiologist told us she would need an Arteriorgram (sp?) to show if there were any blockages. The test determined that her heart is healthy and her arteries are clear (praise the Lord!!). The cardiologist told us that she has been living with a life-threatening condition that causes her heart rate to fall anytime she is sick or in pain, which in turn causes her to pass out. In order to ensure that her heart won't stop again the next time she passes out, she had to have a pacemaker. The pacemaker will act as a safe-guard so that anytime her heart rate falls, it will force her heart to beat faster. Hopefully, this will also keep her from fainting so often.
Tracie was in ICU until Thursday and then she came home Friday, the 26th. She is in pain but is doing OK most of the day. She has some swelling in her arm right now that is causing it to hurt really bad. She asks that you please pray for her arm & that she will have a quick recovery.
Just so you know, this was a blessing in disguise because if she had not had chest pains, and gone to the hospital, then we would not have found out about this condition that she has had since she was three years old. For all we know, the next time she fainted, her heart could have stopped and caused her death.
She just wanted everyone to know what is going on and that she will hopefully be back to blogging soon. She can only use one arm right now but can read your comments if you'd like to leave one.
Thank you for your prayers & friendship,
Sarah (Tracie's Mom)