First Week Recap:
- I didn't get a chance to write every day.
- As of the other day, I had completed 1,992 words out of my goal of 25K words.
- I didn't get off to the greatest start.
- From this point forward, I plan to get refocused and back on track.
This past Sunday, my daughter-Taylor came face to face with the ugly truth of SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome)- LQTS Type 2. In 2012, our entire family was genetically tested for LQTS. We tested positive for the HERG gene a rare mutation which puts us at risk for sudden death. At the time of diagnosis, Taylor had not had any warning signs or symptoms typical of LQTS Type 2. Her recorded QT on EKGs at that time was 460. The EP and cardiologists that were on our family's case felt that treatment with a daily beta blocker would be appropriate for Taylor. Taylor began beta blockers but struggled with the side affects. She decided on her own that she would stop the betas.Fast forward to this past Sunday, I can say we are so lucky to have her with us today! She survived a sudden cardiac arrest Sunday evening. Her roommate found her unconscious, blue, and not breathing- He was quick enough to act and immediately called 911- by the time the first responders arrived her heart had naturally and slowly began to revert back to its natural rhythms- and CPR was not necessary by the time the paramedics arrived. She was transported via ambulance to the local hospital and admitted.Upon arrival a 12 lead EKG revealed her QT was 525. She has been seen by both cardiologist and the EP and all appropriate tests have been run. She is scheduled for placement of an AICD this afternoon at 4pm.Taylor's birthday is on the 16th- 26 years old on Wednesday! As her mother- I am so thankful she is here with us and relieved the cardiologists are being assertive and pro active with their treatment and the decision to move forward with and AICD placement. We will be celebrating way more than just a birthday this year!!!!Taylor is a healthy very active and social, young adult. She had created the perfect combination of circumstances to lower her QT threshold which put her at a very dangerous high risk for the SCA to occur. She is an active water girl and had spent the weekend at the lake- water sports, lots of sun, alcohol consumption, energy drinks, little sleep...and dehydration were all part of the picture. I share this here in hopes to raise awareness of the dangers and warning signs of this rare genetic disease.
NaNoWriMo Update Week 4
Okay, so I goofed and apparently didn't realize that this would be my second to last update instead of the last like I said last week.
I thought that it would get easier this week, but I still was dealing with challenges. I will be talking all about that next week during the final and overall update.
While the week didn't exactly pan out the way I thought it would, I made some steady progress over the last couple of days. I'm still not certain if I'm going to reach 50,000 words in time, but I am doing and trying my best. Right now, I'm around 34k words.
NaNoWriMo officially ends on Thursday, but my final and overall update will be up next weekend.