Well its Wednesday… March 30th… and its snowing! It doesn’t seem to be piling up much, but there is just something wrong about any kind of snow or flurries when April is only days away. [the something might- just might– have something to do with my garden which is still not ready to plant]
So, its snowing and I am home for a short break in the middle of this gray day to sanitize the floors and bathrooms and continue laundry because poor little Cohen has gotten sick. Last night he was in and out of our room every hour or so (even with melatonin). He was complaining about his “belly” and to be honest, David and I thought he was putting the whole thing on (like he does sometimes) so he can come into our room. But around 4a, he didn’t make it to the toilet and we quickly realized he really wasn’t well. By 8a, he was running a low grade fever. I couldn’t cancel all of my appointments, so David worked from home instead. I went out to stock up on gatorade, Sprite, and sherbert before heading out to do some work. That’s when I got David’s twitter:
5 words – “awesome three year old puke” – sick boy 😦 .. yeehaw!
I canceled my middle of the day appointments.
And brought home some movies. Currently we’re watching “Rescuers Down Under”.
I need to head back out for some more home visits here shortly but wanted to share some odds and ends with y’all:
— Dad got home from the hospital Monday afternoon, just 5 days after surgery, which is incredible. He is feeling okay, considering all he has been through in the last week. There is a lot of pain post-operation, but he’s being able to manage it. We got back all the test results and a little less than 20% of the nodes around the tumor have been affected by cancer. We’re really not sure what this means yet, but Dad will be seeing the oncologist soon to discuss treatment. Of course we wanted a completely clean bill of health, but the report is still good and we are still thanking God for the 80% which are clean and healthy.
— We had a pretty frustrating trip to the OB yesterday. I was debating about whether or not to blog about this, but really I am not a private person and have never been much one for secrets. Last Monday before getting my progesterone shots, the nurse who comes to my home to administer them, used the fetal monitor to listen for the baby’s heartbeat. She quickly got his usual 160+ heart rate. The she found my heart rate and the placental tones (both around 120). Then she heard something else.
The long and short of it is that she ended up listening for almost an hour and continued to a get a heart rate between 138-142 on my upper left side, under the placenta and the 158-160 heart rate on my lower right side. She went back and forth the whole time, constantly getting these same rates.
She faxed a report to her supervisor and advised me to call my doctor in the morning. She said it could be the obvious (fraternal twins, somehow not detected yet) or a tumor of some sort with its own blood source. Since I had severe fibroids while pregnant with Cohen this was all a concern.
So I called the doctor in the morning and they called back and asked me to come in within the hour. David and I both rearranged work schedules to be there and unfortunately I did not see my normal doctor or midwife. The one I did see was rude and arrogant and dismissive. He did not check me, but instead acted like I was silly and “paranoid” (he actually called me that) and assured me that no one in his practice missed a twin. He said things that were contrary to what other doctors, nurses, and my personal nurse had told me about the fluctuation of heart rates and the possibility that a much smaller twin could be hidden behind our very big baby boy.
Needless to say, we left the visit frustrated and with more questions than answers. We have decided to wait until my shots next Monday to see if the nurse picks up the same heart rates again. She’s not the only one who picked up the 140 on the left and the 160 on the right of my belly- it happened two weeks ago at the hospital in just the same way. So, if she does again find what appear to be two fetal heart tones, we will being going to the hospital, demanding two fetal monitors and a higher tech ultrasound. If not, then who knows? Maybe it was a fluke thing?
But- will you just be praying for us? Pray that some the extreme symptoms I am having will subside if there is no cause. Pray that if there is a tumor, it will shrink. And pray that if there is somehow another baby, that it is healthy and not too small.
We’ll keep you updated.