Monday, March 16, 2015


We were watching Scorpion this evening on T.V. and one of the minor characters got hurt and his heart stopped so the main characters Macgyvered a defibrillator from a car battery starter to restart his heart.  Kinda reminded me of Eli's eighth grade year.

Unbeknownst to us at the time, Eli was born with a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.  Basically, this means he was born with an extra AV node in his heart's electrical pathway system that would sometimes cause to heart to beat at an extraordinarily high rate.  The worst episode he suffered actually happened at school where his heart was measured at 240 beats per minute.  The normal resting heart rate for a human is around 80 beats per minute.

We actually spent this week of spring break in St Louis at the Children's Medical Center as Eli had heart surgery to correct the problem.  We went up a day early for the surgery so that me, Eli and Mr G could do some things together in the city before his stay in the hospital.  We ended up having lunch at an Italian restaurant on the Hill where we are certain we saw The Godfather himself!

We visited Union Station and the science center as well.  We ended up buying 3 pounds of fudge at the Fudgery and eating most of it that night!  We met a very beautiful German Shepherd service dog in our hotel the Eli got along with very well.

We are fortunate that Eli's surgery went well and there were no lasting complications.  I find it funny what things will spark memories, like an odd occurrence on a T.V show reminding us of brief week in our family's history.

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