Monday, October 26, 2009

Heart sick?

I never thought I would be in this situation. After my SVT incident, I rested, I gave up most caffeine. (Well, I still have the occasional chocolate fix. I need at least one vice!) I also rested. All appropriate things to do. I thought I would be fine.

And then I went to my OB appointment today. My heart rate is still high. BP is fine, I am not having contractions, and baby's heart rate is strong. When Dr Sweetness measured my heart rate, she actually put her stethoscope and listened to my heart as she counted. I am fairly sure it is accurate. I was floored. She did not feel comfortable sending me back to work with my heart rate that high. All I had done was move from a chair to the exam table. So she is sending me to cardiologist and keeping me out of work.

Apparently I need to keep resting and generally taking it easy.

Dr Google is not very forthcoming on tachycardia during pregnancy. Apparently it can happen during pregnancy because of fluid volume shifts which make the heart work harder. I guess we will see what the cardiologist says. I saw the EKG, and it looks like it is a normal heart rhythm, but the rate is just fast. Not as fast as the SVT I was in last week, but in the 100s. Still not good for the heart, though. I think Dr Sweetness is afraid I will have another SVT incident. I cannot say I blame her. I do not know what to expect with the cardiologist.

This whole situation has both Hubby and I really freaked out. Hubby is treating me with kid gloves because he is scared. I am too afraid to do much of anything because it just wears me out and makes me feel terrible. I am not sure what can be attributed to pregnancy, and what can be attributed to the heart problems.

Everything seems really unsure right now. I was so hopeful that things would be good the rest of the pregnancy. I guess the other shoe has finally dropped.


Mrs. Higrens said...

How very scary for the two of you! I hope your appointment is tomorrow (Tuesday) so you don't have to wait for more information. You'll be in my thoughts.

Rose's Daughter said...

Poor baby!!(you I mean!) I want to tell you to stop worrying, but I know that is impossible. At least, don't worry TOO much until you see the Cardiologist.

Queenie. . . said...

Oh no! I hope you get comfortings news at the cardiologist. In the meantime, take good care of yoourself. You're in my thoughts.

JamieD said...

How frightening! I am glad your doc is being ultra cautious with you. I hope you are able to see a cardiologist quickly and they have good news for you.

Keep your feet up! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Valerie said...

I guess the silver lining here is no more work. That's got to mean something. At least you have a break from those long hours. I'm not sure how you did it. Hang in there!

Lorza said...

well poop. I am sorry! That really sucks. Sucks also that it is halloween! I hope you don't have anyone try and scare you. {{HUGS}}

~Jess said...

How scary! I'm keeping you in my prayers. Hopefully they're able to figure something out.

Infertile In the City said...

How scarey _ I am glad that you are getting the attention that you need rest (and if you are into it meditate - I have lowered my heartrate before with meditation - not because I had to but for fun to see if I could while I was being monitored - any meditation should help).