Tuesday, August 11, 2009

12 weeks, 2 days - off of work

i went to the dr yesterday for my 12 week appt and mentioned my constant nausea/vomiting to the nurse again as well as needing a shit ton of IV fluids last week. i was kinda annoyed b/c she acted like we didn't have this conversation 4 weeks ago. things she said that made me want to rip off my own face and strangle her with her stethoscope:

1. well, pregnancy DOES cause morning sickness.
2. we don't really like to do this, but maybe the dr will write for some zofran.
3. have you tried: smaller meals, acupuncture, eating before you get out of bed, ginger, just fluids, queasy pops, etc?
4. can you rest at work?
5. maybe you will feel better by 20 weeks.

to this i replied:
1. yea, bitch (ok, not the bitch part) i know it does. but i literally throw up everything and it's worse at work. did i mention that i've lost 8lbs now?
2. you already gave me zofran. last visit. thanx, it sucks.
3. yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and for the love of God, YES! i tried all of that weeks ago, like i told you at the eight week appt.
4. i work in a f-ing pediatric ICU, what do you think? while i did fall asleep in the bathroom sunday night b/c i was in there throwing up for the 9th time and it was taking awhile, that sort of thing is generally frowned upon.
5. kiss my ass. 4 weeks ago you told me i would feel better at 12 weeks. now you are just making things up.

long story short, my dr came in and was much more sympathetic and understanding. he took me out of work for 2-3 weeks at first and we will re-evaluate at the end of that time. he also wants me to get a zofran pump if my insurance covers it.

he had a hard time finding the baby's heartbeat, but i was really not concerned at all because of how sick i have been. after putting me in about 4 ridiculous positions he found it, which really doesn't make sense to me since i am pretty skinny, but oh well. maybe his doppler sucks as much as his nurse.

we discussed the findings of the high risk ultrasound that i had last week since that dr basically said "ok, neck measurement looks good. bye. oh, and btw, there is a band of tissue that shouldn't be there that the baby might get stuck in. sometimes it can cause amputations. we'll check it again at 20 weeks. ok, bye again." my regular ob dr said that he looked at the ultrasound and he really wasn't sure that it was anything to be concerned with, it may have been artifact. i would like to think that a high risk ob dr knows what he is looking at, but for peace of mind i'm going to go with what the regular ob said. he shot down my request for an ultrasound sooner than 20 weeks to check it because apparently there isn't much they can do about it anyway.

the best thing? at the ultrasound last week the baby was moving all around like crazy making it a little hard to get the neck measurements. it was rolling, doing flips and putting on a really good show for us. we could have watched our baby all day. we also got to hear the heartbeat for the first time which was the most beautiful thing i have ever heard. things like that are what makes all of this worth it.


'Murgdan' said...

Ooohhhh...so sorry you're so sick. So glad you got to hear the heartbeat....but I totally am not understanding this 'amputation' thing...what? What's up with that? What tissue?


wishing we were as rich as Tom Cruise and could afford to just buy ultrasound machines for our living rooms.

Megan said...

I'm so sorry you've been so sick. That totally sucks.

Tina said...

I am so sorry that you have been so sick. Those nurses and sometimes the doctors need to read the patient's chart BEFORE the appt. I mean come on, just look over the notes!!!

To A T said...

Sorry you have been so sick :( I hope SOMETHING makes it better soon!

I've heard of the tissue issue from a Nick Sparks book (random huh?)- From what I've heard though they usually do u/s at every visit if it looks concerning... so maybe it's not something to worry about ;-)

Beautiful Mess said...

WHAT?! Pregnancy CAUSES morning sickness?! Shut the fuck up, Stupid Nurse! Damn! What school did she go to get her nursing degree, becuase I'm going to THAT one! She's a smart nurse :-|

Seriously, I hope you feel better soon! I always agree with my OB becuase she knows my body better then a specialist does. Unless, my gut is telling me something else.

Good luck, love!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you are sick! Here it's said that if you are sick a lot during early pregnancy you'll most likely get a girl...
Did you already try out the Sea Bands? I've heard they actually work.

Kate said...

Don't they order diclectin where you are? That's first line in Canada. It'd seem to me that two meds might be better than one.
Hope the time off work lets you get more food and fluids in, and that the N/V starts to let up soon.
Murgdan - I think the "amputation" thing is that the one doc thought there might be an amniotic band. If there is one, it can cause a problem with one of the limbs.

Anonymous said...

i feel like as soon as you start losing major weight they should shut up about how "pregnancy causes morning sickness". duh. we know this. i can't believe you didn't like the zofran. it was my BFF! maybe a zofran pump will be magic for you :)

and wtf with the band of tissue on US? here's to hoping that's totally just some bizarre artifact or something and will be gone at the 20 wk US!!