On March 21st we were advised that the doctors wanted to do a 24 hour Holter Monitor on Carla to see if they could find any reason for her elevated heart rate. So, we traveled to Helena, picked up the monitor and started the test. The only thing the test showed was that Carla's heart rate was high. Which we already knew, but at least it ruled out anything else being a problem. After studying her most recent echos as well as the holter monitor the team has decided that Carla's elevated heart rate has to do with infection, not rejection. So, that's good news.
On Good Friday, we decided it was time to dye Easter eggs. Carla was so excited that she dyed both the eggs for her plus all of the eggs that I was going to use for deviled eggs. It was a lot of fun. I took a picture and sent it to Bobby at work. He said, "you should do a collage of her dying eggs through the years" so this is what I came up with :) the top picture is when she was 2 and if you go clockwise she is 3 (in the hospital that year), 4 (in Seattle), 5 (after just getting home from Seattle), 6, 7 and then finally in the middle, she was 8! She has changed so much over the years, but still such a little sweetheart.
|Her first egg :)|
|Her eggs :)|
|Hunting the eggs that the Easter Bunny hid around the house...|
|Mario found one!|
At noon the town of Cascade does an egg hunt down at the park. Here are some pictures of our little darling, hunting eggs in her new Easter dress. She's getting so tall!
|We got her the game she had been wanting...|
|Eating her dessert after being sung to, she was feeling pretty special :)|
|With her new emoji earrings...|
|She declared, it was the best birthday ever!|
I've been getting a lot of questions about how Carla is doing. The answer is this... She is taking all of her regular meds, plus two about half an hour long breathing treatments a day. She is still dealing with quite a bit of phlegm, but hasn't had fevers and her phlegm is a lighter color but still pretty sticky. She is very annoyed by the treatments and I can't blame her. Her heart rate is still elevated (121 to 138 resting). We will see the cardiologist in Missoula next Friday, the 15th for another echo and checkup. We are praying that this antibiotic does the trick and that her lungs stay healthy for a while. We have been dealing with this cough since September....