Monday, June 2, 2008

Prayers for Marissa

My 6 year old grand daughter was taken to the Childrens Hospital late last night. She was complaining of pain on her left side and numbness. She also complained of a headache, and was sweating real bad.  The diagnosis is Marissa has something going on with her heart. She is on a heart monitor for the next 24 hours, and a cardiologists will be calling Emma to set up some appointments for Marissa to be seen by specialists. I will keep you posted on what happens. In the mean time here is something I found out about Wolff Parkinson's this morning.

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

 What is the heart's normal condition?

In a normal heart, electrical signals use only one path when they move through the heart. This is the atrio-ventricular or A-V node. As the electrical signal moves from the heart's upper chambers (the atria) to the lower chambers (the ventricles), it causes the heart to beat. For the heart to beat properly, the timing of the electrical signal is important.

What is the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome?

If there's an extra conduction pathway, the electrical signal may arrive at the ventricles too soon. This condition is called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW). It's in a category of electrical abnormalities called "pre-excitation syndromes."

It's recognized by certain changes on the electrocardiogram, which is a graphical record of the heart's electrical activity. The ECG will show that an extra pathway or shortcut exists from the atria to the ventricles.

Many people with this syndrome who have symptoms or episodes of tachycardia (rapid heart rhythm) may have dizziness, chest palpitations, fainting or, rarely, cardiac arrest. Other people with WPW never have tachycardia or other symptoms. About 80 percent of people with symptoms first have them between the ages of 11 and 50.

How is this syndrome treated?

People without symptoms usually don't need treatment. People with episodes of tachycardia can often be treated with medication. But sometimes such treatment doesn't work. Then they'll need to have more tests of their heart's electrical system.

The most common procedure used to interrupt the abnormal pathway is radiofrequency or catheter ablation. In this, a flexible tube called a catheter is guided to the place where the problem exists. Then that tissue isdestroyed with radiofrequency energy, stopping the electrical pathway. Successful ablation ends the need for medication. Whether a person will be treated with medication or with an ablation procedure depends on several factors. These include the severity and frequency of symptoms, risk for future arrhythmias and patient preference.

Wolff (Wolfe)-Parkinson-White (WPW) is a very rare cause of sudden death. It results from an additional electrical connection between the atria (upper chambers of the heart) and the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). This extra or accessory electrical pathway is present in approximately 1.5 people per 1,000 people. It runs in families in less than 1% of cases. In the majority it is completely silent and only detected on a routine ECG. In a small proportion of patients the extra electrical pathway allows conduction of the electrical pathway generating an electrical circuit which produces a very rapid heart rate. Most patients tolerate this well but some experience very troublesome palpitations, light-headedness and blackouts. A very small minority of patients may die suddenly from ventricular fibrillation(<0.1% of patients).

Please say a prayer for Marissa.

Things just seem to get worse anymore when it comes to my family. It's like a curse is on us. I keep hoping and praying things will get better, but they only get worse. Does God even hear me?

I am home. I'm ok. Jim and I have talked and things are better between us.


  1. First of all, I am glad you are home and you and Jim worked things out.  I would hate to think that you were away while all of this was going on with Marissa.

    Prayers going strong for your little granddaughter.  Please update us when you can.


  2. Sending up prayers for Marissa. I pray that there is something that can be done for her and she will soon be well. Glad that you an Jim have talked and praying that things will be better for you two. Hugs, Helen

  3. Marissa is in my thoughts and prayers, so she was diagnosed with that condition already? Or they suspect that?? I pray they find what they need and she gets the help. I agree this family has been through the ringer this year :( I'm glad you and Jim talked. Keep us posted okay?
    love you

  4. Keeping Marissa and all of you in my prayers and sending positive thoughts your way.  

  5. prayers sent. glad to hear things are better with Jim and you.  

  6. Hi Cindy, I'm keeping your whole family in my prayers. Glad you're back home with Jim.
    Love ya, Pam xoxox

  7. Oh Cindy!  When will your family get a break?

  8. Prayers winging their way up to Heaven for Marissa. My thoughts & prayers will be with your family over the next few days.
    God bless,

  9. (((Cindy))) I know you're sick with worry for that baby. I'm so happy that you and Jim have come together. Prayers going out to your baby girl. IF you get a chance just keep us updated even if it's just a short line or two about how she is.
    Take care and Hugs, Chrissie

  10. Cindy I couldnot believe it when I read your entry, how much worse can itget. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Emma and all of your family. God bless you all Kathie.

  11. This is unbelievable news Cindy!!!!
    You must catch a break soon.
    Keeping Marissa in my thoughts and prayers.
    I'm glad about you and Jim though.
    Sending hugs your way.
    Take care

  12. Sending prayers for your family.
    Glad to hear things are better between you and Jim.

  13. Awwwwwww Cindy, sending up prayers for Marissa, Hope she will be ok, Love You Lisa XO

  14. ally123130585918June 2, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    Cindy keeping Marissa in my thought and Prayers ~  Ally x

  15. I'm so sorry to hear about your granddaughter hon. I will be keeping her in my prayers on the smoke. Your in my thoughts during this time. (Hugs) Indigo

  16. I am so sorry.  This gives me chills.  Your family has been under one attack after another this year.  I will let Dirk know and she can let the church know.  I am glad you're back home too and you both have talked I'm hoping and praying that you all will be fine.  As for Marissa, I'm praying for her complete recovery.  

    Love you all very much,


  17. Hi Cindy, I have been away from journals for a while..I haven't had a chance to read all of yours that I have missed. I read about Marissa and wanted you to know right away that I am keeping her in my prayers..As well as the rest of your family..
    Keep the faith. When all seems the darkest, HE is with you!

  18. I don't know what to tell you Cindy, because I would probably be feeling the same way.  You have had one thing after another happen to you and your family for the past year or so.  I would be feeling lost and frustrated right now, too.  I am happy to hear that you and Jim are working things out, and you know that I will keep Marissa in my prayers.

    Hugs and love

  19. Cindy,
    I am so sorry to hear about Marissa. I will be praying for her complete recovery. It must be breaking your heart to see your loved ones suffer so. You are one strong lady. Keep the faith darlin.


  20. My dearest dearest Cindy,  My heart just breaks for you and ALL the family. It seems so little to say that you are in my prayers especially when you feel he is so far away. I can only say that when you feel that way sometimes that is when he is actually nearest to us so close we can't see him....Oh how I wish I could just visit you and give you hugs and hugs,,then you might complain I was squeezing you to death !!!   Keep going my dear we are all here for you  Much Sybil xx

  21. My prayers to Marissa. Hugs to you.

  22. My you are going through alot right now Cindy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Call me sometime if you need to.  I get off work each day at 6:00.  Hugs and Prayers Barb

  23. I will pray for her. she must b so scared. hope she gets well.

  24. Prayers for Marissa and you.

  25. sending good thoughts and prayers

  26. sending good thoughts and prayers!

    please keep us posted!


  27. I will be praying for your granddaughter, Marissa and for you too.  I'm so happy to hear you and Jim have worked things out.  It sure put a smile on my face when I read that.  Take care, and remember I will be thinking about all of you.
    Big Hugs,

  28. Dear Cindy,,,,,,,,,,,,i dont know if u remember me,but my sname is Cfirefly66,but my real name isCarol ,,,I have a 3yr old grandaughter and a 2  year old grandson,,so i know,what u r going thru,i know it seems as if God dosent hear,or care,but im hear to tell u,DONT EVER WONDER that,bcause not only does he hear u,he is there with u and he is there with your Marissa,remember,Marissa is not only yours,but she is his first.And bleave me,he loves her and you.He does hear you Cindy,and he is with u ,ALWAYS.  Marissa,will b in my heart and prayers 2nite,and you will c,just how much GOD is with her.Have faith Cindy,the Kingdom of heaven blong to the lil ones....I hope u dont think im being too forward,or personal,bcause i know were not that close,but i almost lost my daughter when she was 3,well,really i did loose her,she was clinically gone 3 times,the Lord brought her bak 2 me,but i hit my knees,in that chapel,just bleave this,,,,GOD,will bring u and Marissa thru this.....In the mean time im praying....all my love,and prayers,,,from grandma 2 grandma,,,,love,,,Carol,,,,,Cfirely66