Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hope

I loved the new doctor - we'll call her Dr. R. I was so nervous this morning waiting to meet her, but Mr. NK and I were both very impressed. She had all my records ahead of time, so she asked us a few questions about our experience and what happened to Joseph. She said that based on my records, the only thing she might worry about is that something was wrong with my placenta - Dr. S. had ordered tests to be run on it, but apparently it was discarded in the time between Joseph's birth and death, so we will never know. Since Joseph was a normal birthweight, however, Dr. R. says that most likely the placenta was not the culprit, and she's leaning toward the same "freak accident" diagnosis I got from the neonatologist.

Based on all of that, she said she didn't recommend that we do much differently in this pregnancy. I will see her and be treated as a high-risk patient (in terms of having more monitoring, etc.) but mainly only for my peace of mind. She gave me the numbers for not only her and her nurse, but also the triage nurses, and told me to call any time I had a question, no matter how minor - no worries about bothering them or about having too many questions. I will have nonstress tests beginning in the third trimester and a scheduled c-section around the 39 week mark.

I was honest about the date of LMP, but told her that I am certain I ovulated late. She made a note of it, but added that she generally felt charting was unreliable. I said, "Would it help if I told you that that week was the only week it would have been physically possible?" (hey, it's been a stressful month at work for both of us.) She laughed at that and noted it on my chart, but she still wants me to have a dating ultrasound on December 2, which is fine with me. My first real prenatal appointment is December 20.

I left her office with a really good feeling about everything. I know that if this pregnancy lasts, it's not going to be easy, but I think having Dr. R. on my team is going to help immensely.

6 Comments:

At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 4:27:00 PM, Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

I love Dr. R. too. It's about time you got someone with her act together. Compassion is the frosting on the cake.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 5:45:00 PM, Blogger lauralu said...

a good doc is half the battle.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 6:11:00 PM, Blogger vixanne wigg said...

So glad you like your doc! And even if she doesn't believe you about the charting...it's an excuse for an ultrasound where you can feel very pleased with yourself when your dates are correct.

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 12:54:00 AM, Blogger Mrs.X said...

I'm so glad it went well! And yay! Early ultrasound :) One of the greatest mind-easers ever invented :)

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:16:00 AM, Blogger sillyhummingbird said...

So happy you liked the doctor. And who would say no to getting to see the baby more often?? So happy for you!

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 8:05:00 AM, Blogger Lisa P. said...

She sounds pretty good! Glad you like her. Not sure why charting is seen as so unreliable but ok, at least she's sending you for the ultrasound right away.

 

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