Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Doctors Appointment Today

This morning was interesting. They did another ultrasound only this time it was with the specialist. She wants to see me in 2 weeks. I am supposed to eat more and drink more and if there isn’t improvement in 2 weeks she is going to start limiting my activity. She also wants me to take children’s aspirin for blood flow.

My dad had heart surgery 2 years ago (at 49) for small veins, not cholesterol, and his brother had the same surgery a few years before. My dad now suspects his mother may have died of the same thing because they didn’t have the tests they have now, which means I may have the heart thing too. The specialist said that the type of veins in the heart are also found in the brain and placenta so if the veins aren’t functioning properly, it could be limiting the blood flow to the baby. If that is the case, the baby would limit blood flow to her kidneys in order to keep enough blood flowing through her brain and heart. Limited blood flow to the kidneys would mean less amniotic fluid being produced by the baby which means low water level. So right now we are working off the theory that its one of two things. The eating/drinking thing, or the blood flow thing.

Now I just have to make sure that the specialist/high risk office is communicating with the OB office because I don’t want to be scheduled for redundant appointments. I will have to check with the OB office because right now they have me scheduled for “Non-stress tests” twice a week for two weeks starting Tuesday and the time of the appointments suck scheduling-wise.

In other news, no one can locate the results of my blood work back in June. I guess it wasn’t in my chart so the doc is going to call the lab. Craziness! But I really feel like I am getting people with experience and communication skills looking into things now verses before… I really felt like I had to push for information from the NP who was handling me until now. I didn’t know what to ask because I haven’t done this before and she didn’t provide info unless I asked her specific questions. It was very frustrating. Once she started showing my ultrasounds to my doctor, all this stuff started happening. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to be sent to a high risk doc but I feel better knowing that a problem was noticed before it was too late.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

week 24

So we had our follow-up ultrasound. The water level was lower than it was a month ago so we have a follow-up ultrasound to check water levels in two weeks. In addition, they now say that she is small... 11% weight class for gestation age or something like that. Now they want to do Non-stress tests twice a week and have me see a specialist. On Friday they said high-risk pregnancy doc consult but today when they called to tell me my appointment is tomorrow, they called the appointment an appointment with a specialist. I guess I will find out actual titles tomorrow.

So that's the update. I will keep the blog updated as we find out more information. Joe is really nervous because his experience in the ER has shown him all the bad things that can happen. I am saying she is just small. My mom and his mom are both 5'4"(nope still haven't met her) and I am 5'5". I was also born early and was 6lbs 2oz so maybe its genetic.

Night for now.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Update!!! Now on week 22

Hello all!
Okay so... at week 19 I started feeling some kicking. Now, she definitely kicks. I have days with energy and days without. Work is hard because I need to eat more frequently and I wish I had the ability to nap. And now she thinks its fun to kick my bladder.

Work has been stressful. I have an impossible client that I can't wait to get rid of. Complete nightmare. My only redemption is that anyone else that deals with this client or anything they send to me quickly remarks on the insanity. It helps to truly see that its not in my head. The client was even rude to my Director! That makes me angry... its bad enough the client shows a complete lack of respect for me and treats me as their personal secretary, but to treat my Director that way? What the heck? Anyway... this is one client I refuse to work late for. I'll do what is required of me because I am good at my job, but I don't sacrifice MY personal time for a client that does not appreciate me, respect me, and abuses the client position.

Well, sorry for the rant. In other news, Mom has started helping me go through all the stuff in the 2nd bedroom that will become the baby's room. We got rid of a lot of bags of clothes weekend before last. Now I need to get rid of all the old costumes I don't use.

Ami is starting to plan the baby shower... so much fun! I'm trying to decide who to invite that would not feel pressured into going but would want to go, and trying not to miss anyone that would feel slighted. I know that many of my family members probably won't be able to go because they live so far away AND I'm going to see people at Thanksgiving which is 2-3 weeks or so after the shower depending on what date we choose.

Ack! dead tired and I have to pee again.. night all!