|Pregnancy announcement to friends and family -- 21 weeks|
|Reading Oh the Places You Will Go at the library -- amateur pregnancy photo shoot|
|Bonus points, Hank, for looking so enthralled!|
|Looking for a pregnancy book -- should have learned the Dewey Decimal System|
I went in the next day, but unfortunately my Ob was on vacation. A nurse had deflected me to a general practitioner, as she felt the issue was unrelated to pregnancy -- eczema or something. The doctor I saw luckily was familiar with pregnancy related matters, and ordered a round of liver related tests, including one to measure bile salts. If I did have Cholestasis, the bile salts were accumulating under my skin and causing the itching. Unfortunately this test was done out of house, and took a week and a half to hear back on the results. The other tests took only a couple of hours. Most test results are emailed to us, so I logged on to find that my liver numbers were sky high. One liver enzyme test, abbreviated ALT, the normal results are supposed to be between 30 and 50. My number was 357 or something crazy. I was all worked up, but had to wait for the bile salts related test to come back. That number ended up being high, but still normal. My doctor didn't want to prescribe any unnecessary medication, so all he could do was keep redoing the tests and send me for twice per week non-stress tests.
So much for not wanting to spend extra time away from work doing tests, lol. I had to drive an hour round trip to the hospital two times per week that serves all the clinics in our area, plus go in for blood work every few days. I guess they find it easier to do the non-stress tests for all the pregnant women at the hospital's Labor & Delivery versus having a testing area set up at each location. I kind of enjoyed going there and hearing all the skippy heartbeats of multiple babies. We came in at slightly different times, so I never saw any of the other women in their little curtain rooms. But, you could overhear bits and pieces to know why they were there. An overdue baby. A few women with twins. One other with GD. I guess I could have received non-stress tests just because of that condition outside of the liver related matter, but my doctor is pretty laid back, so hadn't seen that as necessary until the other issue popped up.
|Me and mom at the Aquarium Thanksgiving Day -- one day before delivery|
The next day, my mom came with me to the non-stress test. She sat in the lobby while I was in getting the test. Coincidentally, my doctor was at the hospital that day. I don't know how he does it, but somehow he works regular hours Monday through Thursday at the clinic, and then a 24 shift Fridays at the hospital (very grateful about that shift -- more in the next installment). He would perform C-Sections, D&Cs, or whatever else was needed surgery wise during that time. He came in and let me know that my liver tests were getting worse -- now the ALT test was in the 500 range. The numbers weren't being emailed to me anymore, btw -- I guess my doctor had shut off that feature to prevent freaking me out. He wanted one more round of blood work, and indicated I could get it right there at Labor & Delivery. I got done with the non-stress test, and went to find out about the blood work. The nurse said she thought she had seen that I had somebody with me. I said yes, my mom -- she is out in the waiting area. She asked if I wanted to go get her to wait with me. I said ok, but thought it was odd since it shouldn't take too long to get some blood -- especially since nobody else was in the L&D triage area. Well -- turns out I was being admitted. They were sending the blood down to be tested stat. Since most likely the tests were going to come back worse, I would already be checked in. To have a baby. Sometime in the next 48 hours. Two and a half weeks early. Glad my mom was there to help me process that one.
|Dad comes to relieve Nana from baby watch -- luckily I had packed my bags the week before!|