Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Catching up...

We went for u/s #3 on Jan 27th.  Everything was great and the baby's HB was 174!  That was 9w1d and the baby's measurements had caught up some.

Yesterday, I had my monthly OB check-up and we HEARD the baby's HB!  It was an amazing and almost surreal moment!  The OB said the HB was measuring about 160!  This was 12w4d. 

I go tomorrow for a "piece of mind" u/s, at my request just to be sure everything is on track before we share our news with the world.

I was really sick this past week.  It started with flu-like symptoms Sunday, Feb 12.  By that Wed, I had severe head congestion.  My OB's office recommended Sud.a.fed decongestant.  In my 35 years, I've never taken that stuff and I don't think I will for the next 35.  By Thursday night, my heart was racing out of my chest, had chest pain, and pain going down my left arm.  By 6am on Friday, I told DH I needed to go to the ER.  He kinda freaked out because he didn't realize how much pain I was in. 

The hospital ran all sorts of tests and everything was mostly fine.  Because the pain was primarily on my left side and had piercing to my shoulder blade, they were concerned about a blood clot.  Also, one of the blood tests came back that the marker for clotting was "elevated."  This led to lung x-ray and a subsequent CT scan of my chest/lungs.  Everything checked out ok.  After about 6 hours, they released me with a pain med and the theory that it was either the medicine or GI issue (really bad reflux). 

I slept the rest of Friday and thru the night.  By Saturday afternoon, the pain had stopped.  I've continued to deal with the sinus congestion but it's improving each day.  Laying in bed Saturday morning, DH wondered outloud, "Why can't storks just deliver babies so we can skip all of this worry?"  I agreed :o)

My OB was on vacay this week so I saw a different one in the practice yesterday.  At first, I was frustrated but it turned out to be a blessing.  He offered a different perspective on my history and in light of the events of last week, and the b/w with the elevated marker for a clotting issue, he ordered a full panel work-up.  We had a long discussion of why my REs hadn't ordered this before, and really, I don't have an answer.  My only guess is that since we are 100% OOP for infertility coverage, it was a cost they were sparing us.  Regardless, I'm relieved that we're going down this road now.  For peace of mind for the rest of this pregnancy and for more information for the future.


  1. your journey is an inspiration to us all, and to me personally as we are on the IVF path also. I appreciate you sharing and wish you the happiest of pregnancies and a beautiful birth. Congratulations!

  2. Angie,

    Just a quick hello and a huge congrats on your little miracle! Back in 2008 we communicated some on fertilitycommunity.com and we both had gone to same fertility specialist. Again, I am thrilled for you! Enjoy your pregnancy! Take care and God Bless.