We've been told by a couple of the cardiologists now that there's not really a reason Eli's heart changed rhythm with this surgery. The surgery wasn't in the area of the heart that is causing this rhythm so it's kind of a mystery why it has happened. Because they don't know why it changed, they're not convinced it won't convert (change back) on its own, but as more time passes the chances are decreasing. If it doesn't convert then our only option is to get a pacemaker. I don't know anyone who wants their baby to have a pacemaker but we're not too upset about it. Our view is that with Eli's condition we're going to encounter a lot of problems; we'll save the real worries for the problems that don't have any options. And of course we'll pray that he converts on his own and that this will never be an issue again.
Good news from the appointment is that we can stop using his Lasix. So now his medicines are Prilosec (acid inhibitor for the stomach), Aspirin (blood thinner), daily vitamin and antibiotic ointment for the skin around his feeding tube. He will probably have to go back on Captopril (helps increase his heart function) but for now is staying off of it because his heartrate is low due to the junctional rhythm and Captopril would only decrease it further.
Eli has at least one, maybe two bottom teeth that broke through this week. None of his top teeth are in yet, but the whole gum line is red and hard so I wouldn't be surprised if his top teeth all come in at once! He's been sleeping much better lately too (other than a few whiny teething nights). When we first got home from the hospital he had a lot of trouble going to sleep. I would have to sit by his bed for a long time (sometimes several hours) until he was in a deep sleep because if he woke up and was alone he would scream terribly. He didn't want to be held or rocked but we just had to rub his head & back and talk softly to him & he would settle down. At times it was like he was having nightmares. I really think babies can suffer from a post-traumatic stress disorder. All that has been better for a couple of weeks.
Thanks again for all the prayers. If I could be so bold as to be specific in our prayer requests -- for Eli's heart to convert on its own, for continued strength for all four of us, for my brother-in-law's mother who is in the hospital in serious but stable condition, and for Bryan to have a GREAT birthday (10/22)!!!! Thanks again for all the love & support!