Location: Washington, United States

I began my TTC journey in January 2005. It finally worked with the 5th IUI and along came Eliana! I started trying for a second (T42) a little over a year later, and was thrilled to get pregnant on the second try this time. Jacob soon joined our family! Not sure if I am done at two, but come along for my journey in motherhood. If you stop by, please leave me a short note! I like to know when I have visitors. :)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Just got home from the hospital...

When I saw my OB nurse on Tuesday, I mentioned I had been having some cramping in my leg. Since I have a history of pulmonary embolisms, and a family history of DVT, they decided to do a doppler study on Friday to check it out. (actually, they wanted Thursday, but I couldnt get out of a meeting that day...).

Anyway, so I picked up Eliana from day care at 3:15, head over for my 4:00 appointment and they are 30 minutes late. By 5:15, the sonographer or whoever it is who was doing the study says, "I have to call your OB." Yep, I had a nice 14 cm clot running from knee to my mid-thigh. OB said to go directly to the hospital.

WEll, not quite so easy as I had to arrange someone to watch Ellie. I called the babysitter who was going out of town I thought Sat morning, but no, she was leaving Fri night. However, she offered (and I accepted since it seemed the best place for Eliana to be) to take Ellie with her. They will be back tomorrow afternoon. I dropped Ellie off at the sitter's, considered stopping at home to get a change of clothes and something to do, but decided against it because the OB had clearly told me to go straight to the hospital.

I get there, go to labor and delivery because that is where he told me to go, but they won't take you until you are 20 weeks along in your pregnancy. So I waited. And waited. For an hour and a half I waited, with noone watching me or checking in on me. I seriously could have had a heart attack or something and noone would have known. Finally, after I had complained three times, transport comes to pick me up because for whatever reason I was not allowed to walk myself over even though anything would have been better than me just sitting there alone in the waiting area (which is not visible from the admissions desk). The OB on call didn't come see me until 10:00pm!! I was really really pissed. I should have stopped at home to gather my things...

In any case, I was on a Heparin drop which they kept increasing from 10:00pm until 4:00pm today. I was discharged with a lovely set of needles of Lovenox which I will be taking until 6 weeks after delivery. Oh, and if I happen to go into labour on my own and have taken my Lovenox in the past few days, I can't have an epidural...lovely.

I am only 8 weeks...this is going to be a very long pregnancy I think...


Blogger Sylvia said...

They wouldn't let you walk up for a couple of reasons. One, you have a blood clot. They didn't want you to throw it and have it land in your lungs, or your brain. Two, its usually hospital policy to have someone escort you to the floor. It sometimes gives the staff a little heads up that you are on your way so if your room isn't quite prepared, we can hurry up and grab the goodies to prepare it for you. (You know the hospital standard socks, gown, icky shampoo, lotion, comb, blah, blah, blah.) Hope you're feeling better soon.

October 14, 2007 4:46 PM  
Blogger bleu said...

My goddess I am so sorry you went through all that. I would have been throwing a huge fit.
I am so glad you are ok now.

October 15, 2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

hi - saw your post on FF and clicked on your link to your blog b/c i saw you are a single mom and i was curious what road you took to get pg (i am married but had to IF treatments thanks to pcos). anyway, congrats on your pg! and i hope your health issues don't cause too many problems and that you can time labor so you don't miss out on a epi (eek!). and i LOVE the name eliana. that's dd#2's middle name. she was one of triplets and the only one that made it that pg. eliana means answer from God or something like that so the name has a deep meaning for me, in addition to being a pretty name.

good luck! H&H 7 mos left!

October 15, 2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger Midas said...

Wow, that is a lot of things to go through. I am very glad to hear they found the clot. I have a friend who had to take Heparin the whole pregnancy. She kept losing her babies...I hink about 8 before she went into this study and got to take Haparin. That child is not 17 years old. She's sure glad about that medicine. Her second pregnancy, she only has to take a little.

October 19, 2007 10:37 PM  
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