June 2

Happy birthday to PopPop (aka Jennie's Dad)! He is 2/3 of the way to the century mark...

Jennie's lab results from yesterday's visit came back today. She passed the routine diabetes test taken by all pregnant women. But, her iron levels are reading low. Oh well, she's preparing herself for increased iron supplements and the accompanying constipation. Yay!

Daphne talks to monsters and aliens in her room at night before going to sleep. I have to admit I was a little freaked out listening to her conversation the other night. "Hi monster! Why do you come into my room and watch me all night? I see you over there in the corner. Will you please leave me alone? Why don't you go eat a dog? Our neighbors have loud barking dogs. Are you going to take my bones and leave me squishy?"

What's the deal with Tilson babies and irregular hearts?

Daphne was born with a hole in her heart (common murmur) and it predictably sealed up by the time she was a few months old. She presently has no heart issues.

Baby boy has a consistently irregular heartbeat (fairly common). His heart rhythm is called premature atrial contraction. Basically, his atria (the top chambers in the heart which fill with blood) are contracting early and try to dump the blood into the ventricles (the lower chambers that do the pumping to the rest of the body). There is some irritability in the conduction system of the atria and the doctor can hear a pause as the conduction resets the beat. While it is occurring regularly, it is irregular overall.

Jennie has to begin coming in weekly to her OBGYN's office for a Doppler/heartbeat listen. They are monitoring the situation closely to see that the rhythm does not convert to SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) which occurs in only 1 to 2% of babies.

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.

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