Sunday, 16 March 2008

Special Delivery


Since Last Post P/L: £295.57
Monthly P/L: £54.02
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What did I say about buses? For the first 2 weeks of March everything was quite normal and then over the last week everything goes crazy!
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So let me start with the most important bit of news - Baby Caden (pronounced Cay-den) arrived on the 11th March at 21:27 after a rather eventful birth. As I explained in this post, we already knew our little man had a heart condition that would need corrective surgery before his first birthday, but there's also been the possibility (a 50-50 chance) that he will also share the same heart condition as his mum. In short, Nic's condition is called Long QT Syndrome and is a disorder that effects the electrical system of her heart. To ensure she's okay she takes beta blockers and also has a pacemaker and implantable defibrillator fitted just in case of any problems. Fortunately, up until now this seems to have been doing the job but as you'd expect, the thought of her going through a natural birth had left me feeling a little uneasy.
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She was doing brilliantly until the contractions started coming 2-3 minutes apart and as the pain intensified I could see she was starting to panic. I knew then that things weren't looking good. The plan had always been for her to have an epidural to lessen the pain but as she wasn't yet 4cms dilated the Doctors were a little reluctant to proceed......that was until she fainted 3 times in succession! The next 45 minutes were probably the most terrifying of my life as she came in and out of consciousness and the anesthetist struggled to get the drugs in place. Thankfully, as soon as she was hooked up, the medicine began to take effect and almost immediately she began to look better. The rest of the birth was a breeze in comparison but the experience of being totally helpless is not something I ever want to go through again.
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The bad news though is that it does appear that Caden also has Long QT syndrome. With so many challenges ahead of him the meaning of his name - 'Spirit of Battle' - seems very apt given the circumstances.
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Okay, so what else has been happening? Well, with so much going on it should be no surprise to you that when I've had 5 minutes to do some trading I've done exceptionally well at losing money!
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My results since my last post:
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Darts
Mardle v Jenkins : £27.66
Wade v Manley : £4.15
Van Barneveld v Lewis : £93.82
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Rugby Union
Italy v Scotland : £14.77
England v Ireland : £248.33
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As you can see, there's been some big losses in there which have made a significant difference to my profit and loss. If I'm honest, in the back of my mind I've been looking for a big win to set myself up for the month and as it hasn't appeared I've been keeping losing trades ride for way too long. It sounds so simple when I write these things down but unfortunately it's what's going on in your brain at the time that counts. With all the changes, my thought process has obviously been disrupted so the plan is to slowly get back into profit before taking a few days off to re-adjust.
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But it's not all bad...every cloud has a silver lining.
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The Welsh rugby team have won a second Grand Slam in four seasons and I'm over the moon! A big well done needs to go out to the players, Warren Gatland, Shaun Edwards and all those involved as the turnaround in fortunes since the Rugby World Cup has been nothing short of astounding. I always believed we had the talent but it seems we now have the mental approach to kill off games and long may the success continue!
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22 comments:

Slipperytoad said...

WOW! Really happy for you and your partner!

The Betfair Loser said...

Congratulations!!!

dip said...

Congratulations!
Wishing you and your family all the very best in life :) .
Dip

Mark Iverson said...

Thanks Mike - Life will never be the same again!

All the best,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Cheers BFL - hopefully the results will start to turnaround soon.

All the best,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Thanks Dip - it's really nice to hear from you. Thanks also for the doctorly advice throughout the pregnancy as it was very much appreciated.

I'm glad to see that the cricket trading room is going well too!

All the best,

Mark

Nemesis said...

bonkers..

LuisGarcia said...

Congratulations and good luck.

Mark Iverson said...

cheers Nemesis!

Mark Iverson said...

Thanks Luisgarcia - I'm sure evrything will be okay.

Cheers!

Mark

Syndicate said...

congratulations, will understand if the blog gets less updates!

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Syndicate,

Updating the blog may be a little less frequent in the short term but I'll try my best for this not to be the case.

Thanks for the support.

All the best,

Mark

Clive said...

Hi Mark,

Contratulations! Brilliant news!

Best of luck with everything

Clive

STST said...

Congratulations Mark,

Glad all is well now. Pass my congratulations onto Nicola who I'm sure deserves them more than you :p

Gareth

Don Miltos said...

Congrats!

Sand Racer said...

Congratulations.

Been there, all of it, almost exactly.

Have a little one here born with TGA.

I am sure you have it all in hand, with the wife having experience of the condition. If you need someone's brains to pick 1 day about anything related, i'm all ears, and you know where to find me.

Cheers.

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Clive,

Thanks mate - hope things are going well for you.

All the best,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Gareth,

You're right! Nic's had a hugely tough week and is absolutely shattered - time to take on some responsibility I think!

All the best,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Thanks Don Miltos!

Best regards,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Sand racer,

Whilst I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone it does feel comforting to know that you've been through something similar.

I keep trying to remind myself that there are plenty of people worse off but it doesn't seem to be that easy.

Thanks again for your support.

All the best,

Mark

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Best Wishes to you and all your family. :-).

The Gambler.

Mark Iverson said...

Thanks John!

All the best,

Mark