Monday, January 11, 2010

Pacemaker Implantation

Eli was on a 24-hour heart monitor recently. It verified what was already assumed: his heart's electrical system isn't functioning properly. His heart's chambers are out of sync with each other, making his already compromised heart much less efficient than it should be. In addition, his heart rate is always much lower than it should be, dangerously low at night. Typically, kids at his age should have a heart rate averaging 120-160 bpm, but he averages about 80 bpm and only reached 110bpm when extremely angry. In very heavy sleep, his heart rate will even fall into the mid 50 beats per minute area.

Wednesday, Eli is having a pacemaker installed. This is a permanent alteration, and will be with him the rest of his life. It will help synchronize his heart's chambers and bring his heart rate to a safer level.

We're expecting a 2-night stay at Children's Hospital, and hopefully back home by the end of the week, should everything go well. We'll share more details as we know them. Please continue to pray as faithfully as you always have.

2 comments:

Bonnie said...

A Psalm for the Wedehase Family

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: "His love endures forever." Let the Wedehase family say: "His love endures forever." Let those who fear the Lord say: "His love endures forever."

In our anguish we cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting us free.

The Lord is with us; we will not be afraid. What can man do to us? The Lord is with us; he is our helper. The Lord is our strength and our song; he has become our salvation.

Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:

"The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord's right hand is lifted high; the Lord's right hand has done mighty things!"

Open for us the gates of righteousness; we will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. We will give you thanks, for you answered us; you have become our salvation.

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. You are our God, and we will give you thanks; you are our God, and we will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 118

Our Hope

But this we call to mind, and therefore we have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is our portion," our souls say, "therefore we will hope in him."

Lamentations 3:21-24

Tamara B said...

It just blows my mind how those things work. God has so intricately made Eli in HIS image. I love the psalm Bonnie shared.

I will definitely be praying!