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The RE's Muse

After 4 years of infertility, 2 surgeries, 1 miscarriage, and 19 months of high risk pregnancies, hubby and I now have two little women in our lives--one a toddler, the other not far behind. Buckle your seatbelts, it's gonna be a wild ride.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Land of the normal...or what hell is this?

Yeah, so Monday was our first OB appt with this pregnancy. Talk about boring...since I was only 7 1/2 weeks, he didn't even try to hear the heartbeat with the doppler. I was robbed. Hell, I don't know how fertiles do it. Who the heck has a first u/s around 9+ weeks?

Thank goodness the RE was still willing to see me these past few weeks though I hadn't been a patient there since late 2004. That early care goes a long way. And speaking of that, tomorrow morning is my next (and final) appt with the RE and we will get another u/s--just in time for our trip to Key West tomorrow afternoon. To say I'm looking forward to both the u/s and the trip are understatements.

Next week, I'll get my first u/s at the OB. After that, the doc tells me the next one won't be until the level II around 18 to 20 weeks (or the amnio a few weeks prior). Again, how do fertiles do it? With J, I got so many ultrasounds, I mean literally, her journal has about 25 or so ultrasound photos. I especially got a ton near the end of the pregnancy with those weekly NSTs and BPPs at the maternal fetal doc.

I'll also see the maternal fetal specialist next week to set up the amnio, etc. Yes, we'll be going that route again like we did with J. Though this time, we're not doing the AFP screen at all. The OB figured why bother doing it to end up with a potential false positive that scares me half to death when we're going to opt for the amnio anyway should that be the case (especially likely since that happened with J and I'm also a on a medication that can skew the test results, and you know--since I'm so old too). Good rationale on his part, and I was glad to know that I won't have to go through that fresh hell again this go'round.

With J's pregnancy, very little of my care fell to this doc (of the 6 partners in the practice) during my pregnancy but he did end up delivering us. Back then, he never remembered me, had trouble keeping track of my issues, etc., but he's really gotten his shit together since then. And he's got a good sense of humor--which is very important to us! 'Cause if you can't laugh at yourself, who the heck can you laugh at? A and I both really like him, which is great. Plus, I figure he's seen EVERYTHING I've got, up close and personal, which goes a long way for me. We're hoping he'll be able to deliver us this time as well (you know, if we get that far and all). We'll see. For now, though, I'm not counting any chickens before they hatch so the idea will roll around my head for the time being.

Next up...u/s tomorrow. Gah, I wish I could drink alcohol. Doing Key West dry with 5 drinking folks in our circle of friends (of the 6 of us) should make for a very interesting time for me. Lucky bastards.


At 1:11 PM, Blogger WriterGrrl said...

Different docs do different things. With my first pg, the standard of care was an u/s at every visit. With my 2nd and 3rd, I saw midwives, so I had like 2 u/s for the whole pg. With the 4th, I had abunch of u/s before we moved and none after.

But normal and boring is good sometimes, you know? I've really come to appreciate normal and boring. :-)

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous amanda said...

Good luck tomorrow!

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Good Luck tomorrow! And good thinking about the AFP. I didn't do it for the exact same reasons, but I didn't have an amnio, I had the nuchal scan and genetic screen.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. Please post when you can!


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