Monday, March 30, 2009


The last 24 hours have been really stressful and crazy, but full of blessings. Sunday evening Porter fell and hit his head. I didn't think anything of it and put him to bed. He woke up crying and when I got him up he was white as a ghost, even his lips were white and he started vomiting. I had a really bad feeling so we decided to take him to the ER. By the time we got to the ER, his color was back and he was acting pretty normal. They did two CT's on his head and we were just waiting for those to come back. I was holding him and realized his heart was racing, so I mentioned it to the nurse. She could not read the pulse because it was so fast, so she hooked him up and when they finally got a read his heart rate was at 282. They immediately started an IV and drew blood and transferred him to a trama room. They decided to give him medication to restart his heart, it was pretty scary, but it worked. Within 30 seconds it came down to the 160's. We thought they would just admit us, but when Ryan asked they informed us that they would be flying Porter to Tucson because they do not have a cardiologist in Safford. I was able to ride in the air evac with Porter and I don't think I stopped praying the whole time. I don't care if I ever ride in a helicopter again. I actually got sick from the bumpy ride and got to use my barf bag. Anyhow, they admitted him to the ICU and monitored him the rest of the night. The cardiologist came and did and echo on him and diagnosed him with Supraventricular Tachycardia. It is an abnormality with the "electrical" function of his heart that will make his heart race. He will have to take medication three times a day until he can get it fixed, which won't happen until he is 7 or 8. We feel so blessed that we were able to catch this. He is such a sweet little spirit and we are so blessed to have him in our family. We are so thankful to have such great support from our families and friends. Ryan's parents have taken the older boys for us and it has been such a blessing not to have to worry about them. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.