Thursday, August 23, 2007


At the OB's office (funny - I was down to my last tampon - which incidentally I use o.b.s and was contemplating a CostCo run this week) the very kindly balding gentle Indian doctor took one look at me and asked me about my symptoms. The nurse was opening the pregnancy test behind him and he looked at me and said "I've been doing this for years. I don't need a test to confirm it, you're pregnant."

Two second later the nurse said "Congratulations!"

And like a complete asshat... who had just taken her fourth home test that morning - I asked "Are you sure?"

They both laughed, and concluded that they were in fact sure. And he told me I could stop "urinating on sticks" - which in his thick accent made me laugh very hard.

The internal exam was VERY thorough, to the point where the doctor felt the need (I don't know why) to acquaint himself with my back passage. That's not something I was expecting... and I sort of half jumped off the table when that happened. April doesn't do anal. The vaginal exam left me spotting, but he said it's just that the cervix is very tender right now and not to worry much about it, but that perhaps I should go home and lay down for the rest of the day. A doctor telling me to go to bed? I'm so on it.

Based on my history I walked out with half his prescription pad when I left. Folic acid (1 mg.), prenatal vitamins, baby aspirin (still a little unclear as to what this is for), and prometrium. Said he's going to keep me on prometrium for 18 weeks. Though, I do at least get to take it orally. Thank god.

He laughed when I asked if there was anything I could do about the mind numbing fatigue... and replied "yes. sleep." He offered to write me a letter to P to tell him to "treat me like a princess" and not do housework. I was sorely tempted to take him up on that, but assumed P would assume I had forged it.

I had I think about six blood draws, which left me feeling very woozy. I have to go back Saturday morning for a repeat draw to make sure HCG numbers are doubling appropriately.

He said that he considers me to be a higher risk patient (why, I don't exactly understand), so instead of the one time a month OB visits during early pregnancy, I'll be going 2x a month. He said I may end up getting referred to a perinatologist as things progress.

But all in all, he said to expect a baby April 26 or so.


Cricket said...

Congrats to you both! I've seen your lovely flickr pictures, so glad to now learn a little how you got here. What a road! But such a great attitude, as usual. Now there's a little extra incentive, too. So happy for you!

Jenn Raynes said...

Congrats! And yes, sleep.

Hekateris said...

Hee! sleep, sleep is good...

Shinny said...

Don't knock the extra appointments, that will probably mean extra ultrasounds too. I fell into that category as well. Take all the pampering the doctor will give you, you have a good one there from the sounds of it and they are very hard to come by. Good luck and very happy for you.

PiquantMolly said...

Unbelievable! And so, so exciting. Though I will be very jealous of your naps.

A said...

@ Cricket - thanks, we're quite happy about this development (though rather surprised)

@ Jenn - thanks. I'm finding that if I'm still for more than about 4 minutes, I'm out cold. The couch, the floor, sitting on the train, at my desk, in meetings, etc. It doesn't seem to matter.

@ Oro - sleep is heavenly. Unfortunately I just don't have time for all of it.

@ Shinny - I hadn't contemplated that aspect, which will make me very happy.

@ Molly - thanks. We're very happy. I just wish I could get more naps in.