I hadn’t heard from my MFM’s scheduler, so yesterday on a break at work I made a phone call to see if I could see what was going on. I didn’t have that person’s contact information, so I called the person who scheduled my appointment with the doctor to discuss surgery. They were surprised I hadn’t heard from anyone yet since my visit with the doctor was on Tuesday. I think she must have seen my name on the surgery schedule, but transferred me to the hospital scheduler. Her name was April, and she told me I was scheduled to have surgery Monday! I had previously been told Thursday was open on the schedule, so Monday shocked me. I was on a very short break from work, so I got a little information from her and was told a nurse would call me sometime that afternoon with the details about when to arrive etc..
I quickly called my husband to speak to him directly. I had been trying to text him during my call. He told me Monday would not work. He didn’t have enough notice to request the day off, and wasn’t in a position where calling out for the day was an option either. I was annoyed that he wasn’t being more flexible, and he was annoyed that I didn’t refuse a Monday surgery. To be completely honest I was in shock from being on the schedule for surgery so soon and really only considered that Monday actually worked nicely for my needs personally. He hung up the phone in frustration and I had no time left to call him back. I spent the rest of my shift very upset, and cried multiple times. I decided what was best was to attempt rescheduling once my shift ended. I got a bit of a run around and was made to feel like I needed to find a ride and make Monday work somehow. I said not only is my husband my ride, but I also have 3 children that would need to be cared for. The next day they offered me was 3/5… also a Monday, which again would be an issue for my husband. I made the request that they try for anything Tuesday to Friday. This was apparently very difficult, since only a few doctors in the practice actually perform cerclage surgery. They had to take some time to try to work something out, so I was told they would call me back. By 3:30 I hadn’t heard anything, so I made a call to see if my name was still on the schedule for Monday. My husband was willing to attempt to take Monday off, but only if I was on the schedule. The receptionist told me my name was no longer on Monday, but was moved to Thursday. I hadn’t heard anything officially from the scheduler myself though. She put in a note to have April call me. I think it took about another hour before I got the call, but my surgery is scheduled for Thursday! I will find out what time sometime Wednesday.
This is getting too real too fast. I am really nervous this time around.
Yesterday I completed my Harmony screening, cystic fibrosis and SMA screening. I also met the doctor who I thought would be performing my cerclage surgery, only to find out one of the other doctors in the practice might be doing it. Ugh! I really wanted to meet the actual doctor prior to surgery. She assured me that all of the doctors are very experienced with this type of surgery. I just really wish my last doctor hadn’t retired.
I had an ultrasound before my appointment with the doctor and the baby was rolling. Lol! Near the end of the ultrasound he or she finally settled into a comfy position. The baby has either put on some extra weight since my last ultrasound, or the two machines are just measuring a few days apart. My first two ultrasounds were two weeks apart and the baby measured exactly two weeks more at the second screening. This time they measured 3-4 days ahead of where I expected. The baby was measuring close to when I suspect I ovulated, but is now measuring right on according to my lmp. Either way my regular ob and the high risk doctor say they will be calculating my due date according to my lmp.
So, my surgery could possibly be next Thursday. That was a day the doctor remembered being available on the schedule, but her scheduler needs to contact me to actually set it up. I did tell her that Tuesdays work better for my husband and I for our work schedules, but I realize that I have to work with what the hospital has available.
On a different subject my blood sugars have been above goal for 50% or more of my after dinner readings. Insulin has been ordered for me to take at dinner time for now, and as my pregnancy progresses I may have to take it with other meals too. I was told if I knew I was having a high carb breakfast or lunch I could take insulin as I feel necessary for those random meals too.
I am nervous about having anesthesia and surgery, since my body sometimes reacts poorly but I have no control over it. I just need to trust the hospital staff will take care of me.
My family has been struck with illness. All 5 of us have it to some degree. My oldest son was the first to catch it, and is now the least ill. He only has an occasional cough. I don’t think I had the fever that the kids all had, but maybe I did without realizing. My temperature has been running high now that I’m pregnant anyway. The little ones and I have had nasty coughs. I feel so bad for them, since they haven’t really been able to cough anything out. They both coughed to the point of nearly choking on phlegm, and puking. My poor babies!
My husband was the last to come down with it, and it’s hitting him pretty hard today as he’s working a twelve hour shift. He has to work another tomorrow too.
I don’t think it’s the flu, but it could easily be bronchitis or lead to pneumonia. This chest congestion is awful. I’ve been giving the little ones a mucus thinner, so they can hopefully get the junk out before it settles in and becomes a more serious illness.
It’s especially hard to have the baby this sick, since he isn’t talking yet. He has definitely been extra cranky for a few days.
My cramping has stopped! I still feel nauseated all day long. So, since I haven’t bled and I still have pregnancy symptoms I think all is ok with baby and I.
Now, I’m trying to decide if I should cancel my ultrasound that is scheduled for Tuesday. Of course I would LOVE to take another peek at my baby, but is the cost justified since I feel fine? Probably not. 🤔
I also have to contact my diabetes educator. My blood sugar is not responding to my insulin regimen. I started a night time dose to lower my fasting levels more than a week ago, and even though I increase my units by one every night my level is not dropping.
I have also had high readings after meals, so will most likely be adding a meal time insulin soon.
For now I am optimistic that all is well, even though I still worry about loss.
I left work today, totally distracted and anxious because I started cramping. I didn’t have one random pain, they kept coming. I am between 8 and 9 weeks pregnant. This is my 7th pregnancy. I’ve had 3 losses, and I have 3 living sons.
I really wanted to be seen by my doctor for an ultrasound. Instead, I just have to wait it out. I was told to call back if I had bleeding. I was scheduled for an in office ultrasound next Tuesday.
I have a home Doppler, but since I am still so newly pregnant the odds of hearing the heartbeat are very low. I don’t want to stress out more if we can’t find it.
My husband did some online reading about cramping during pregnancy and he found it’s very common around 8-12 weeks. Especially when you’ve had multiple pregnancies.
I’ll try to relax and hope my cramping is “normal”. It’s just so hard when you’ve had losses. I am taking progesterone too, so I wondered if it might lead to missed miscarriage. I haven’t found stories to suggest it, but it still concerns me.
Here is another eye opening post written by my husband.
viaIf You Ever Loved Me, Don’t Ignore Me
I am not enjoying this all day queasiness.
I am already showing signs of diabetes, so it’s really not a good idea for me to snack on carbs to calm the queasy feeling either.
Hubby and I were not feeling good about trying to fit another person in our small house, but thankfully we have come up with some ideas on how to make it work. I wish feeling better about that was enough to make me feel better physically.
I am waiting on my results from my last progesterone screening, and looking forward to my ultrasound on the 23rd. I’m trying to get excited about this pregnancy, but it’s hard when you are high risk with a history of loss.