About 2 o'clock this afternoon, I was standing in the line at Gap, trying to buy a new pair of jeans (sitting a hospital room for days on end is not helping me lose this pregnancy weight...), when I got the call from Travis saying that Samuel's heart was overriding the pacemaker and beating on it's own. Nothing like jumping up and down and crying in front of strangers to get your afternoon going!
It's still a little slow, and it's been going off and on the pacemaker all afternoon/evening...But! There have been whole hours today when his heart has been doing the work on its own. We weren't sure we were ever going to see this kind of progress. In fact, I was pretty certain we were going to need the pacemaker. But, I am happy to say, I am probably wrong.
The transition from being on a pacemaker to being off it is not cut and dry. I just got home from the hospital after staying for night rounds. The pacemaker is being confused by what Samuel's heart is doing and it's firing at times it shouldn't. This makes it look like he needs the pacemaker, but he doesn't really. The night shift doctor changed some settings and it seem to make the pacemaker calm down and let Samuel do more of the work. When I left, his rhythm looked much better and he was sound asleep.
I don't think Travis and I can convey enough just how thankful we are for your prayers. We are so excited that God seems to be saying yes to this particular one.
We aren't out of the woods (or the CV ICU) just yet, but we have a lot of hope. Day 10 rocks!