Heart Problems.

Interesting week.

Wednesday morning, I got up with Ronan,  we ate breakfast together, and then we walked to the sitters.  I felt pretty out of it, but attributed it to a poor night’s sleep, and went about my way.  I came home, packed up for work and hit the road.

The scariest time is when I feel dizzy and light-headed while driving.  It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I just want to pull over.  I should.  I didn’t.  I continued in to work, and walked into the department feeling like I was moments away from fainting.  I sat down in a chair and felt the world go black.  It felt like only a second, but may not have been – I sat up straight and shook my head, trying to clear it out, trying to get back some semblance of normal feelings.  Everything was just off.

I went into one of the rooms and put on the pulse-oximiter, which registered an oxygen saturation of 100%, but my pulse was 134 – tachycardia.  My resting heart rate is somewhere around 70.

I ate a banana and a granola bar, drank about 20 ounces of water, and continued to feel awful.  Periodic checks showed my heart rate above 120 for nearly 2 hours.  By the end of the day, it was still above 100.

When I woke Thursday morning, I felt great.  A quick pulse check said 70.  Despite feeling better, I took the advice I was given at work the day before, and called the doctor anyways.  They told me to come in.

So, yesterday I had an EKG, an ultrasound to check the baby, and was fit for a “holter” monitor, which is monitoring my heart rate as we speak.  I’ve had episodes similar to this one before, but they come more than a week apart, and I’m fairly sure a 24 hour monitor isn’t going to catch anything.  That being said, I’m glad it’s being taken seriously, and if there is something to find, it will be found.

I should get the results from today some time next week.  I will post an update when I do.  Hopefully it’s nothing other than silliness related to pregnancy.

In other news, if you haven’t already heard from text, Twitter or Facebook… we are having a GIRL!

  • kristin

    i hope everything turns out fine!
    take care of you.

  • Stacy

    YAYYYY! I’m so glad you are having a girl!!!! Congrats!

    I also hope that everything is fine. I’m sure everything is. I don’t have any heart problems, but I’ve experienced these symptoms before. I have really low blood pressure, when I stand up too quickly, I sometimes black out. I get short of breath and dizzy alot too.

    Do you have any girl names picked out? 😉 I’m thinking since Brock picked Ronans, YOU should get to pick this one!

    • http://www.tempestbeauty.com/about-this-blogger/admin/ Mandy

      Thanks Stacy!!

      I feel the same way about the names… Brock disagrees! 😀 We’ll pick something great together, I’m sure. May not know what it is until she’s here, though!

  • Rosie

    I’m glad they are taking you seriously. A little girl I know (gr.1) would have periodic heart palpitations last year of up to 200 bpm. You could actually see her heart pounding through her t-shirt. But since it would always stop by the time her mom could get her to the ER they just always passed it off as an overprotective crazy mom thing. She’s finally diagnosed with a genetic heart problem and will need surgery when she’s 10.

    As for the baby names, I’m totally fine with it if you want to name her Rosie.

  • http://www.alotofloves.com Marilyn (A Lot of Loves)

    Congrats on having a girl! I find it so much fun to have one of each. Boys and girls really are different. Plus you get to have every toy that exists out there with one of each. Just what you need right? :)

    Hope the heart thing turns out fine.
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