Monday, February 14, 2011

The Verdict

Doctor says it's a boy.  Mom is going to take the doctor's word for it, because what mom saw looked more like Gollum.  Fortunately, we suspect his looks will improve in the next four months.

The good news is that everything seems to be surprisingly normal.  He isn't in breech position, as we suspected he would be, although it's too early to tell which way he'll end up.  All in all, we're hopeful.

In the meantime, I'm still on anti-nausea meds and enjoying the full onset of unmedicated hayfever.  I look miserable with my raw nose and puffy eyes, but secretly life is pretty good.  The clock is ticking down toward moving day, and our list of chores doesn't seem to be shrinking fast enough, but somehow I think we'll make it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What Not to Say

Sheila put me onto this website called "My OB said WHAT?!?", a showcase of incredibly insensitive and otherwise outrageous things women have heard from their ob-gyns, nurses, hospital staff, and many more.  Personally I've been blessed with a wonderful obstetrician so far, and I'm quite sorry to have to be leaving him next month after reading about some of these characters.

I've collected these little gems based on what would have been pertinent to my experiences so far, particularly with hyperemesis (nothing will stay down, even sipping water makes you vomit), multiple ER visits for emergency ultrasounds, and the miscarriage.  I know pregnant mothers can be overly sensitive and emotional, but seriously . . .

Go check it out, if you have healthy blood pressure.

"So, when are we going to diagnose this eating disorder?" -- OB to a mother who reported occasional vomiting during her third pregnancy, and had suffered with hyperemesis in a prior pregnancy.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with you.  I think it's all in your head, or that you're just doing it to yourself." -- OB to a mother who had been hospitalized twice before 26 weeks for hyperemesis and severe dehydration.

"This is for termination purposes, yes?" -- Ultrasound Tech to mother in for an early ultrasound for dating of her pregnancy.

"Oh, you've obviously never had a miscarriage." -- OB to mother who became upset after seeing her not living baby on the ultrasound.

"What do you mean you're not on any birth control?  Why not?" -- OB to mother who just suffered a miscarriage.

"The baby was absolutely perfect; you just must have clotted off the placenta and killed her." -- OB at a follow-up appointment with a mother who miscarried at 16 weeks.

"I know she's your daughter, but she's a miscarriage to us." -- OB to mother.

"Why are you crying?  That's just selfish.  There was probably something wrong with the babe anyways.  You would be wishing them a less than perfect life and that is pretty selfish of you." -- Family Practice doctor of mother who miscarried at 8 weeks.

"Oh, you must be so relieved!  I cried when I found out I was having twins!" -- L&D Nurse to mother during an early ultrasound.  The ultrasound indicated the loss of a twin.

"Oh, good!  A nice, clean uterus! . . . Now we can talk birth control so you don't end up here next year!" -- OB to mother during an ultrasound after a miscarriage.

"What's going on with you?" -- OB tersely speaking to mother who came for an office visit for D&C follow-up and medications for depression after a miscarriage.

And the winner . . .

"Do you have any STDs besides your kids?" -- OB to mother.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thought for the Day

The current thought for the day refuses to play properly, so here's an older one.  The other will apparently appear on YouTube a month from now.