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What a week!

Tuesday morning.... went to work... decided to do a 12-7 none clinical as no sign of baby... Katie having slight twinges. I sit down within 10 minutes of getting there and my heart rate shoots up to 130.

Made it downstairs to ED... ended up sat in Majors with no monitoring as resus was full but once I eventually got assessed by the doctor 2 hours later (granted he'd read all my notes) my HR was up at 248 and I was nearly passing out. Rushed me into Resus, hooked me up only to find it was sitting back down at 119. Missed the snapshot.

ECG was again showing NSTEMI or some sort of MI... wasn't AF just rapid heart rate (so they say). They spoke to cardiology and increased bisoprolol from 10mg to 12.5 (2.5 now being taken in the evening)

We got home about 6:30pm, and by 9pm I was calling my parents because BABY WAS ON THE WAY!

HR sat at 100, reluctantly we took to bed at 1:30am (me feeling like total s*** worn out and her in pain) only to get up at 3am and into hospital already 5cm dilated and only paracetamol on board.

Long story short, Kate gave birth to a daughter at 6:54 Wednesday morning.... with me at the "action end" batting a HR of 120, her midwife godmum supporting us both, and a 7lb 2oz gorgeous girl called Abigail Rose with blue eyes that I fell in love with!

After a bit of assessment and screening (including a three hour discussion about if Abi should have an ECG given my history, despite no mention of it from midwives or consultants over the last 9 months and no evidence of a murmur on examination) we were home by 4pm the same day! 10 hours old!

Yesterday after only 2 hours sleep in about 38 hours.... and trying to stay hydrated look after Katie & be there for Abigail, I was batting at 148 again when we had a visit from the midwife.

I was however, ordered back to bed and grabbed another 2 hours. I also took another dose of Amiodrone which has now pushed it back down to 74 resting. And so far so good.

Abi seems to sleep on me regardless of a HR of 74 or 148.... so I'm not too fussed!

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Talk about it never rains .... What a rollercoaster!

But congratulations on the safe arrival of your gorgeous daughter!

May things go more smoothly for you all in those special days ahead as you get to know your tiny little girl.

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Wow that was a story and half.

Congratulations to you both.

Hopefully you will be able to rest a bit and Abigail is kind to you. Our daughter (now 42) didn't give us a night sleep for 3 years.

Pete

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Congratulations to you both - your daughter sounds lovely. Hopefully, now that the stress of waiting is over, your heart will settle.

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Congratulations! Abigail Rose - lovely name. Hope you are all doing well.

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Congratulations wow what an experience all round for you all. It's a shame you had all this hassle when you would have loved to be able to concentrate on the birth without the added extra of arrhythmia.

Hope you can all get some rest in every respect and your heart settles. What a joy Abigail will be to you both.

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Great news! Many congratulations! Thank you for keeping your promise to keep us updated. As others have said, it's a lovely name.

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Wow, a bit of a rollercoaster couple of days is putting it mildly. However, huge congratulations on the arrival of Abigail Rose and hope she continues to sleep well and give you both plenty of rest.

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Congratulations!🍼🎉

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Congratulations on the arrival of Abigail Rose.

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Congratulations on the birth of Abigail Rose, how wonderful. Hopefully the HR will settle after all the excitement. Best wishes to Mum too.

Brenda🐝

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Love to all 😘

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Firstly, many congratulations and welcome to the world baby Abi.

What a time for you with that HR running a marathon al the time. Sleep when baby sleeps as they used to say and take things as easy as you can!!

stay well,

Blue :-)

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Gosh, that was some story! What a day! Congratulations on the birth of your much loved little daughter Abigail. I really hope life will be a little calmer for you now so you can concentrate on your new little treasure. Jean

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Well that is a day you won't forget! Congratulations on the birth of lovely daughter. Letting her sleep on your chest has to be calming for both of you. Enjoy every minute it is a beautiful and precious time.

Angela

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jedimasterlincoln , many congratulations to you on the birth of your lovely little blue eyed daughter.

Hope everything settles down and you look back at this week's events with a smile in years to come. It'll be a good Father of the Bride story on her wedding day!

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Many congratulations to all three! I'm sure things will settle now most of the uncertainty has gone. If you can cope with that you can cope with anything. Best wishes Wendyb

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Wow, congratulations on Abigail, my goodness, what a story! Hope your heart is behaving itself now...

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Goodness me, what a roller coaster ride.

May be, given the stressful time, this could be SVT (supraventricular tachycardia)?? Was your heart rate irregular or just very fast??

I hope the ECG captured the patterns and rate enough for a good diagnosis.

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What a lovely name! Congratulations to you both . . .

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Thanks everyone... I've only logged online to post photos but have been reading all your replies.... hr... baby... mum.. all doing well. I did a walk to school friday and a mile afterwards...

Today I was a Costa mummy(!) And took both Abi and the 4yr old dear step daughter! No drama!

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Great story matey. Congratulations and good luck for the future. Your beautiful blue eyed little bundle will put everything in perspective. Cheers (hic) Roy

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What a day,congratulations, I'm sure Abigail Rose is a beautiful to match her name

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Aside from a pounding heart a few times when I've woken up with a start, and being fatigued and sometimes dehydrated the heart is behaving!

Thanks all

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Aww many congratulations

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