Today, while I was changing Samuel's diaper around 11:30, I glanced up and noticed that his heart rate monitor was going nuts. This usually precludes his heart overriding the pacemaker, but I was too skeptical to believe it. I forced myself to finish changing his diaper and tuck him back in before I dared to peek at the monitor again. But...when I did, it was there. His heart rate was in a sinus rhythm. All by itself.
It has continued to go in and out all afternoon. It had gone for long stretches of pumping on it's own...but it's also had little hiccups of pacing and then some longer intervals of needing to be paced. I have absolutely no idea what any of this means. All I really know is that we will be in the CV ICU until his heart has gone without a pacemaker for something like 48 hrs or until we are a couple of days post-op from a pacemaker surgery.
We are thankful for another day of getting to see that beautiful, uninterrupted green line...even if it doesn't stick around all night. Any time it shows up, it means there is still hope we can avoid the pacemaker. It also means we all need a huge dose of patience. And maybe one of those neck pillows to ease the strain from constantly looking up at the monitors.