Zeke was almost 2 months old when he starting throwing up more than he was eating. So I took him to the pediatrician. She checked him out and said it may be a stomach issue that is common in newborns. She said if he didn't eat or drink anything by the afternoon to take him to Children's.
He woke up from a nap dry heaving so I took him in. He got checked in at the nurse's station and then triage and all his vitals were good. We got a room and waited.
Just 30 seconds after the doctor came in, he knew what was wrong. His heart was beating at 285 beats a minute. He had supraventricular tachycardia (SVT).
That was the first time I've experienced slow motion. I couldn't hear, and all I knew was my son was in the trauma room with 10 people working together to slow down his heart. I was terrified, but I knew I had to be strong so I helped calm him down.
We moved from Scottish Rite to Egleston. We got there, and he went into another episode. This time his heart was at 310 beats per minute, and his IV busted. It took the neonatal nurses 13 tries to get an IV in, and it was in his head, which was way more comfortable for him believe it or not. He was there for four days, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful, comforting and loving. They were there for our family in the scariest moment of our lives.
After the cardiologist found the medicine he needed to maintain a healthy heartbeat, Zeke was getting better and ready to go home. They made sure I knew everything I needed to know about his condition and what to look for.
I went home very confident. He stayed on his medicine for a year and was lucky enough to grow out of his heart condition. He is now 3 and has been SVT-free for two years. Thank you, CHOA! You helped save Zeke's life, and we are forever grateful!