Friday, 29 August 2008

Dodging Bullets


Since Last Post P/L: £309.10
Monthly P/L: £1,182.02
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Last Friday turned out to be a great laugh - I just wish I could say the same for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.
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On Sunday, Caden was taken ill and admitted to hospital following a bout of diarrhoea, violent vomiting and a soaring temperature. With his heart conditions also a factor, a view was taken that it was better to be safe than sorry so we grabbed our things and got there as quickly we could. Needless to say, the next few hours were pretty horrendous as they had to give him a thorough going over - the poor bugger was still awake at 2.30am as the Doctors tried 8 times to get a blood sample out of him. I've never felt so distressed. It was excruciating to see him in pain and be absolutely powerless to help him. I've always been a bit of a protective type so to subdue my natural instincts I had to keep reminding myself that it was for the best. This wasn't so easy to do on Monday though, as his lack of wet nappies indicated that he was dehydrated - the solution was to have a feeding tube put down through his nose and into his stomach. If the previous night had been bad this was ten times worse. As they began to pass the tube down, his body began to contract and vomit at the same time - it was horrific. He was screaming, Nic was starting to have a panic attack and I didn't have a clue where I was.
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I'm glad to say that after a few minutes things started to get back to normal. Another night of observation followed, but after clear blood test results were received he was discharged on Tuesday. Looking back, I must have come across as being a bit pushy but I'm sure the nurses understand that parents are just worried sick. The thought of him having his heart repair operation is now weighing very heavily on my mind.
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As you can imagine, my trading performance over the last week pales into significance compared to the other stuff that's been going on but for those of you still reading here's the full list of my results:
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Rugby Union
South Africa v Australia : £2.01
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Motor Sport
European Grand Prix : £20.08
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Cricket
Middlesex v Hampshire : £259.17
Gloucestershire v Middlesex : £27.84
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In all honesty, these figures don't tell the whole story.
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On Wednesday, I successfully blew a £250 profit and last night I was staring at a £435 loss on the Somerset v Worcestershire match before a miracle happened.
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What saved me?
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The tie! Can you believe it!?!
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Worcestershire were chasing Somerset's score of 298 and off the last ball required 4 runs to draw the game. Only a boundary would do if I was to escape unharmed and unbelievably that's what happened! I definitely used up one of my nine lives here so I'm planning to have Friday off, take Caden around his grandparents and take Nic out for a curry. I think I've pushed my luck enough for one week.
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10 comments:

Alistair said...

Hi Mark,

Sorry to hear about your son's visit to hospital and his on-going heart condition. It really makes what we do pale into insignificance.

I'd like to wish you and your family all the very best and hope your son makes a full recovery.

Alistair

Anonymous said...

hope all goes well with your son op
god bless

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Alistair,

Cheers mate - worrying times ahead but your best wishes are very much appreciated.

All the best,

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Thanks Anonymous,

Your best wishes mean alot.

All the best,

Mark

Anonymous said...

Good Luck buddy to you and all.

The Gambler.

Mark Iverson said...

Hi John,

Thanks very much mate.

All the best,

Mark

leonthefixer said...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the comments over at my now finished blog. Much appreciated.

I did think about doing weekly updates but when I raised this idea the other week people seemed indifferent about it so decided it was a good time to finish, that being on the day I broke the £8,000 mark. Not bad considering I started with £165 less than 11 months ago.

Hopefully I can step things up a lot further in the coming year. I am going to spend the winter researching a lot now that the summer evening racing is over with.

Not sure if you use MSN messenger but if you do and would be happy to chat on there drop me a comment on my blog with your email address. If not I will see you at Alistair's chat room!

I can't remember exactly the post about the broodmares. But the 'millionaires' field of mares that were in my care included:

Virage de Fortune (aka, Virage de costa Fortune) - the highest price ever paid at public auction for a broodmare in the southern hemisphere $3.4 million. Has since been beaten.

Serenade Rose - Multiple Group 1 and 2 winner

Forest Pearl - Dam of the mighty mare Miss Finland (won two many group one races to name them)

Plus several other Group and Grade 1 winners.

There was a sign on the gate - if you havn't won or produced a Group 1 winner you ain't getting in! ;-)

Best of luck for the week ahead!

Anthony said...

Glad your boy's on the mend Mark. I wish you the best.
Well done on your piece of luck too. Wasn't it the draw that scuppered a nice profit a couple of weeks ago? Karma? Zen? Who cares?!

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Leon,

Ahhh...so that was the mare!

Well done on producing such a good blog though mate - I know you've built up a good reader base and I'm sure they'll miss your informative posts.

I don't use MSN - just a little worried that I'll attract viruses etc. but I'll drop into Ali's chat room from time to time so I'm bound to bump into you there.

All the best and good luck!

Mark

Mark Iverson said...

Hi Anthony,

Thanks for the best wishes.

Yep, that's right - it was the tie that cost me a profit last week.

Just goes to show eh?

All the best,

Mark