Anything is possible
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Another beautiful morning waking up at home. Our day was packed with a big to do list. Did our grocery shopping to start, needed to buy foods that are heart healthy. It took us quit a while, reading all the sodium contents to make sure Lauren has a variety of food to pick from. It was defiantly not a relaxing shopping trip, Lauren's Life Vest kept beeping. All I kept thinking was it was going to shock her. She said she felt fine, but that was the first time we heard that alarm. Came home to call the doctor, they were able to read Lauren's heart functions and told us it was Detected arrhythmia where no treatment was given. (Example cord could have been twisted)
**What Is the LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator?The LifeVest wearable defibrillator is a treatment option for sudden cardiac arrest that offers patients advanced protection and monitoring as well as improved quality of life.
The LifeVest is the first wearable defibrillator. Unlike an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), the LifeVest is worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest. This device continuously monitors the patient's heart with dry, non-adhesive sensing electrodes to detect life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms. If a life-threatening rhythm is detected, the device alerts the patient prior to delivering a treatment shock, and thus allows a conscious patient to delay the treatment shock. If the patient becomes unconscious, the device releases a Blue™ gel over the therapy electrodes and delivers an electrical shock to restore normal rhythm.**
By the time we left the store I was still shaking, reality set in that this vest could give Lauren a shock like a defibrillator, the pads and probes are in the vest. All I wanted to do was get home and feel safe. My comfort zone.
Then we had Lauren's nurse come to change her IV bag, and do blood work. We asked the nurse about the alarms that the vest was doing, but she was not that familiar with it. All Lauren's vital signs were good and also she dropped 2 pounds which is great. That means she is not filling up with fluids.
Next on the to-do-list, make Christmas cookies with Lauren and Maddie. I felt like a little kid, so excited to have fun with flour. We really couldn't get into a good flour toss, had to be careful, didn't want to get flour on Lauren's monitors.
We were able to get everything done today. Great feeling. Nothing better in this world than spending time with my two favorite ladies doing Christmas activities. Lauren told me "I don't know how you got everything done in literally two days". I told her "nothing is imposable, when things are important, you can make it happen".
That was our day, how was yours?
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