Jordan's heart rate dropped again today. They haven't seen a child's heart rate drop so much on ECMO before. Baffled by a new experience, 8 or 9 individuals were discussing what the cause could be. Some were concerned and some were not worried. But, we got to see their expertise at work. The team discussed options and came up with theories. Jordan's vitals all look great with the exception of the heart rate. The main theory at this time is that the cannulas - the plastic tubes inserted into Jordan's neck - are stimulating nerves in the neck that can affect the heart rate. They are running some tests to see if this theory is correct. Jordan's heart rate was good before they put him on ECMO - so, they are hoping this theory is correct.
Leave it to our son to make things more exciting for us. We had no issues with our heart rates during this conversation. We have had so many questions about ECMO. The pictures below show Jordan on ECMO. Two large cannulas are inserted in Jordan's neck. One takes the blood out of Jordan's body before it enters the heart. The blood is oxygenated and put back into his blood stream to be pushed out to the rest of his body.
|Jordan on ECMO - 6 days old
|Jordan Receiving EEG Testing - 6 days old