Sammi has been diagnosed with Sinus Tachycardia about a month ago. We don’t have an answer as to what is causing her heart rate to race and she’s just had a few episodes again Monday, Tuesday and today.
We have the pediatric cardiologist’s cell phone number to call when an issue comes up. She’s able to get the readings from the Event Monitor that Sammi uses when she has any kind of symptoms. She feels dizzy, weak and has chest pain when she has a high hear rate. On Monday, the doctor said that she needed to rest and then depending on how she felt either stay at school or come home. She stayed at school not because she really felt well, but because she’s had excessive absences according to the school. Yes, I told her to stay at school, which I totally regret now.
Yesterday, the doctor said we needed to get her to All Childrens as soon as we could. Unfortunately we had to see a different doctor, who told us that we’re going to try to increase her water intake to see if that helps. Not a definite answer, but something to try. She would still stay in PE as well.
Today, Sammi was in PE and felt weak and “out of it”. She laid down on the floor until PE was over. (No, the coach didn’t check on her.) * Her friends helped her to get changed into her clothes and then took her to the clinic, where her heart rate was 168. I was called of course and drove there. My husband called the first doctor, who made the decision to take her out of PE and I took her home.
*UPDATE – I have to clarify this. I questioned Sammi about exactly what happened at PE before my husband and I spoke to the principal. Instead of not participating after feeling weak, Sammi got up and took part in PE after resting on the floor. She didn’t tell the coach that she wasn’t well even when class was over. Although I believe that the coach should have checked on my daughter, it makes it a bit more understandable why she didn’t notice her. We’ve decided to ask all teachers to be informed of Sammi’s condition again and to speak to the principal as well.
We’re still working with Sammi to drink more water, to take deep breaths when she isn’t feeling well, to move slowly from a seated to standing position. We’re also going to be talking to the school and letting them know that our child is in their hands when she is there. We expect her to be safe. We also don’t want to hear that she has excessive absences when they are medically excused.