Tuesday, December 12, 2006

One down, one hundred to go

My first post-cerclage check-up went well. The stitch looks good, my cervix is nice and long, and the baby is even alive and appears to be well.

Once I saw the live baby, albeit very briefly, I relaxed a little and the tech moved on to check my stitch. She freaked me out when she said she needed a little help evaluating the stitch and then she left to “go get the doctor.” Naturally I was suspicious and I was even more worried when she returned with not one but TWO doctors. That’s two high-risk perinatalogists for chrissake. Swear to God. (The last time I had two doctors brought in to an u/s they both ended up frowning at my dead baby.) But apparently there was no cause for concern and everything looks fine.

Turns out fancy doc filled me up with some sort of foaming gel that stays in for a few weeks so that’s why the tech couldn’t make sense of all the “foreign bodies’ that she was seeing. Whew.

Another little surprise was that my bladder has been stitched into place. Its place, apparently, is covering my cervix. A diagram would be helpful here but I’ll just leave it up to the imagination. I don’t quite get the layout either. But at least now I think I know why I’m still in pain.

Something fun and wildly original to look forward to: the bladder stitches will start to dissolve and they’ll come out looking like pieces of angel hair pasta. I do appreciate that heads-up from fancy doc. No chance of mistaking bladder stitches for cervical stitches because the latter look just like his thick, brown shoelaces. Ouch.

That’s enough imagery for today. Oh and the tech said it’s too early to determine gender. She said 16 weeks would be the earliest. My next check-in is in two weeks but it’s with fancy doc only so I doubt he’ll be investigating for me on his crappy little machine. I’ll certainly pester him to check it out for me, for what it’s worth.

For sure (well almost), we’ll see something at the Level II ultrasound two weeks after that, around January 12. In the meantime I’ll explain why I care so much and I’ll be busy getting used to the idea that the baby is going to be a girl. Actually that would be the baby is already a girl. Me, the mother of two girls. I think I hear the swamps of hell starting to freeze over. More on that later.

P.S. I will be deeply and completely thrilled with a healthy baby, boy or girl. I just need to get over the shock of having two girls.

P.S.S. When the tech was measuring the baby who was frolicking around adorably, I was busy talking to fancy doc about the cerclage and our game plan for the next 26 weeks. She finished looking at the baby right when we finished talking so I missed my chance to really connect with the notion of the little tyke's actual existence. I did get some good pictures, which is nice.


Blogger Rosepetal said...

Good news about Sprout and the cerclage.

A diagram would be good! When I read it first, I thought for a second, what the hell, they stitched her bladder into place by mistake! Sort of like running over a fold in the cloth with your sewing machine!

But I am assuming it was necessary and intentional, giving that they went to the trouble of different thread and all.

So, two more weeks until the next check-up. Fingers crossed, baby steps.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great that all is well, of course they HAD to chuck in a scary moment didn't they?

5:08 AM  
Anonymous steph said...

So glad all is well. I told you I felt good about this all along. And having 2 girls is wonderful - I adore mine, wouldn't trade either for a rough, stinky, loud boy!!

9:41 AM  
Anonymous bri said...

I am so glad everything is OK and that you got another glimpse of the squirming sprout. I hope you get to find out the sex as soon as is possible so you can start adjusting. I can relate to that bit (even if the thought of 2-3 children makes me break out in hives... ack). : )

10:34 AM  
Blogger delphi said...

The whole thing about the bladder is confusing to me, though it seems as though your cadre of perinatologists are happy with the sewing they have done on you. And if they are happy, I am happy!

3:16 PM  

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