Yesterday was the “dreaded day” when M got her 48 hour heart monitor. The purpose is to try and discover what is causing M’s wee heart to suddenly race. It might possibly be the case that she has a reaction to melatonin, but her regular paediatrician and the hospital paediatrician both think it’s more likely to be anxiety-based. Although it must be distressing to be so anxious that your heart speeds up and pounds I find myself hoping that this might be the answer. A melatonin related cause would be disastrous for M’s sleep issues, and a physical defect in her heart, well let’s not go there for the moment.
As it turned out, she was very calm, almost subdued, while it was being fitted – I had been worried she might take one look at all the wires and bolt – so after ascertaining that trampolines were not out of bounds, and as long as she kept herself dry e.g. no baths or visits to the beach or swimming pool, she was free to continue with life as normal, a happier wee girl left the cardiology clinic.
I had promised her that after lunch we could go to the Early Learning Centre and she could see if there was a wee toy she would like for being a good girl. Luckily for her these had just arrived:
so pocket money was handed over with a big smile.
Due to M’s general high anxiety in towns and shopping centres I had made her a fairly detailed visual chart for the day. However I was delighted that when I realised we had time and suggested a trip to the big park that she was more than happy to go.
The park was very crowded and contrary to my explicit instructions M kept running off, towards the parts that had fewer children in, so we decided to hire a boat to take her away from the temptation to run. It was surprisingly hard work, but a lot of fun.
Final stop was at the outdoor gym section that I had never noticed before; again it was very quiet this end of the park and M illustrated nicely how being wired up all over wasn’t going to slow her down
Now we just have to get through until tomorrow lunch-time and then the monitor gets sent back to the hospital to be analysed. Let’s hope we get good news!