I had my first prenatal appointment today, and -- hold your breath -- there was nothing to be worried about! There was a little niblet in a sac, with a beating heart, and what looked to be a few other sacs as well but turned out to be blood vessles, said the doctor. Based on when I usually ovulate (18th day of my cycle), I had me at 7w4d, but based on when my hubs and I did the deed around then, we could have been at either 7w6d or 7w3d. The doctor measured it once, and got 7w1d, then he tried again and got 7w3d. If it had been up to me I would have had him try a third time, but it wasn't up to me. That's OK because for the first time ever, everything seems to be going forward positively. It's an absolutely new experience for me, and I'm grateful.
|Blood vessels and one little niblet in a sac!|
My appointment was fast at first, then got slower and slower. I arrived early to fill out the hefty stack of informational pages they needed from me. I had told my husband to come a little after the start time of the meeting, as he wasn't going to have much of a break and I had assumed there'd be some extra time at first -- doctors are always running behind, and you end up sitting in the room, waiting, half naked and feeling vulnerable under a plastic blanket. But noooo. I hadn't even gotten that plastic blanket on my lap when he knock-knocked and came right on in! Oh well, it didn't matter, he was about to know all about my body in mere moments.
~~~more thoughts of switching doctors!!~~~
It wasn't until the very end of the meeting with him that he finally smiled, sticking out his hand and saying, "Congratulations!" I can see that he's a fine doctor who simply has some cultural differences from myself, and I would probably be in good hands were I to stay with him. But, quite frankly, I want someone I can relate to more, with whom I can joke, who smiles easily and is concerned for my feelings and well being.
I had a longer meeting with the prenatal consultant, who discussed with me what was ahead, and arranged for my next meeting in 2 weeks to be with a nurse midwife (not this same doctor). She also explained that due to my age and my 3 previous miscarriages, that I will probably be seen by the high-risk obstetricians in a different location going forward, and that there is a woman doctor amongst them so I can switch doctors at that time. We talked about genetics testing, and I told her I would like to talk to a consultant, so she said she'd arrange that. She was sweet and easy to talk to, so I left the office in a better mood.
Then my day dragged on as I went to give blood, only to find that I had to do a one-hour glucose test. So I drank the orange drink and waited an hour before giving my 6 vials of blood. Finally, 3 hours later, I left the medical facility.
There's more to my day (I spoke with and set up appointments for genentics counseling and a CVS), but I'm quite tired now so I'll save that for next time. For now, me and the niblet are going to get some sleep!