Monday, August 4, 2014

Miss Riley Keeps Us On Our Toes

Right after her dance class.  She's wearing a 24 hour monitor.  

Riley recently had her annual cardiology appointment, which revealed something new about her little heart.  She has an accelerated junctional rhythm.  This definition here, pulled from Wikipedia no less, is the simplest and plainest breakdown I've found so far:
Junctional rhythm describes an abnormal heart rhythm resulting from impulses coming from a locus of tissue in the area of the atrioventricular node,[1]the "junction" between atria and ventricles.
Under normal conditions, the heart's sinoatrial node determines the rate by which the organ beats - in other words, it is the heart's "pacemaker." The electrical activity of sinus rhythm originates in the sinoatrial node and depolarizes the atria. Current then passes from the atria through the bundle of His, from which it travels along Purkinje fibers to reach and depolarize the ventricles. This sinus rhythm is important because it ensures that the heart's atria reliably contract before the ventricles.
In junctional rhythm, however, the sinoatrial node does not control the heart's rhythm - this can happen in the case of a block in conduction somewhere along the pathway described above. When this happens, the heart's atrioventricular node takes over as the pacemaker.[2] In the case of a junctional rhythm, the atria will actually still contract before the ventricles; however, this does not happen by the normal pathway and instead is due to retrograde conduction (conduction comes from the ventricles or from the AV node into and through the atria).[3]
Junctional rhythm can be diagnosed by looking at an EKG: it usually presents without a P wave or with an inverted P wave. Retrograde P waves refers to the depolarization from the AV node back towards the SA node.[4]

So what this means for us, right now, is watching how this plays out.  From our end, we'll monitor Riley and contact her doctor if she begins to tire easily, experience dizzy spells or anything else that indicates her heart is working too hard.  Everything else about Riley's heart looks great, which is good news for us.  And this could be something we don't ever have to fix.  We just don't know right now.  We do know that we trust her cardiologist.  So when he said "Let's just watch it and see what happens" David and I are happy to agree.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vacation Bible School: D3 Agency

About 5 weeks ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and taught at vacation bible school.  For those that don't know, vacation bible school (or vbs) is a week of fun and learning.  I had a classroom of 12 first graders.  Last year I was an assistant but this year I thought it might be fun to teach.  

A snapshot of one of our kids' belongings.

Miranda, during snack

There's Riley.  

Saying the pledge of allegiance at the end of the day pep rally.  

Chaos.  Pure chaos.  And lots of screaming.  The little girl in the pink dress is Riley.  The guy with the water gun is our youth pastor, Phil.  

Riley, and a group of preschoolers, leading in the music and dance at the pep rally one day.  

At first, I didn't think it would be good to have Hannah in my class.  But then I ended up with Hannah and Ethan, which was awesome.  Hannah wasn't clingy and I got to watch Ethan and her interact.  And do super cute things, like hold hands.  

The next three pictures are my kids at craft time.  I should've taken a picture of Hannah's final product.  In the past, kids have done multiple crafts over the week.  However, this time, they had one craft that they worked on all week.  

There's Big Hannah, looking perky.  But truly, she was a great help for our class.  And she's kinda funny.  

This is my class during music.  Every day they learned a new song and dance moves to accompany the song.  

Pandemonium over the water guns.  

These two pictures show our head pastor, dressed very silly, running around and spraying the kids too.  

See the small girl, with the black shirt and pink skirt?  That's Riley, contributing to the money collected that week for the back pack ministry.  

Story time with Pastor Phil.

More screaming, toe stepping fun.  

Battle of the sexes. 

The bike Hannah won at the conclusion of vacation bible school  It was a big week for Hannah.  She decided to be baptized that week.  After talking it over with David and I, we decided that Hannah was ready to be baptized.   She was more excited about being baptized than the bike. ; )

I had so much fun teaching; I'm already planning to do it again next year.  It was exhausting but rewarding.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Random photo's

I don't think I've posted these photo's before.....

David and Hannah at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. 

The only photo of the Cernock's from the color run.  Look at the expression, intense.  

Riley's "run to the dollar store" outfit.  

Her first haircut.

And the ice cream treat that followed.  Hannah's hair was trimmed, as well.

Lucky (the cat) snuggles.  

One of life's many beautiful moments that I get to live every day.  

Summer reading.

Summer fun