As the Womb Turns

2 Jul

Possible new blog title? Hmmm. I think I’ll stick with “Crowded Uterus” for now, but MAN the drama never ends!

As I mentioned, I have been feeling pretty good the past couple of days, maybe it’s even been a week now. No cramping, no bleeding, etc. So last night I was totally shocked when I got out of bed for a second to put a plate I was eating from on a nightstand on the other side of the room and was suddenly crippled by horrible abdominal pain. Thinking that maybe I needed to go to the bathroom I sort of crab-walked my way into the restroom, but nothing really happened. I could barely even pee! I crawled back into bed, flipped onto my left side and then called Hubby into the room (he was in the living room watching TV) because I was getting concerned. By the time he got in there I was feeling quite a bit better, but still whimpering a bit in pain (just to be clear, the cramping was about a 9 on a scale of 1-10).

After resting for awhile I decided to try making a trip to the restroom again; again nothing happened but this time I ended up falling over on the floor in pain and not being able to get back up. Oh. Shit.

Needless to say, Hubby came in, scooped me up and rushed me off to the ER (I should get frequent flyer miles there or something). Basically it felt like a really strong contraction that refused to go away – in all I think it lasted a little less than an hour. Hubby said that when he came into the bathroom he could tell that my stomach looked “weird”…all sucked in at the bottom where it was hurting – and it felt like someone was trying to rip my pelvic bones apart in addition to the cramping.

I whined the whole way to the ER that I didn’t want to go because as far as I know the only thing that can cause a cramp that doesn’t stop is a placental abruption…and I just didn’t even want to know if that was the case. =/

About 1/2 way to the hospital I suddenly felt like I had to pee worse than I have ever had to pee in my whole life. I seriously thought I was going to pee my pants. Hubby stopped at a gas station and AGAIN…nothing. This time I sat in there for about 30 minutes and after a whole lot of waiting a wiggling around I FINALLY managed to go to the bathroom.

Long story short? UTI. Yep, again. Apparently it was causing such strong contractions that it was pinching off my urethra. As soon as I finally managed to get the urine out I felt much better. Today my muscles and bones down there are really sore as if I have been beaten up, but no more cramping.

The ER staff was wonderful (as usual), but I have a real bone to pick with Labor and Delivery. I am trying to decide if I want to post the name of the hospital here or not…But basically once the ER doctor got the labs back and found out that it was a UTI he wanted to send me up to L & D so that they could make sure that the pregnancy itself was still ok – that was an awesomely powerful contraction that I had, after all. After the ER nurse dropped me off at L & D I was told to fill out a huge stack of paperwork and then to go wait in the waiting room and, oh yeah, that it was going to be “a very long wait”.

Um, WHAT!?

So me, being the pissed off hormonal bitch that I have been as of late immediately began pitching a fit. As it turned out they did not want to see me because I was not yet 20 weeks and that is their policy. WTF? These babies are no more viable at 20 weeks than they are today at 18…so you are telling me that because I was there 13 days too early that they were not willing to make an attempt to save my pregnancy if I was in preterm labor? Ohhhh no.

They told me that even IF I waited forever that all they were willing to do for me was to check the babies heart rates with a doppler. So, I told them that I had a doppler at home, handed them their paperwork back and stormed out.

I have to say, I am really unimpressed with the level of care that I have been getting for this pregnancy. Would you beleive that when I asked my doctor for an NT scan he had no idea what I was talking about!? Yeah, I never did get one.

Don’t get my wrong, my OB is WONDERFUL and I love him to death…but enough is enough and I am going to ask (again) for a referral to a perinatologist. I should have never given up that battle after losing the triplet. Even if my OB remains my main doctor and I still deliver these babies at that same L & D, I at least WANT a second opinion. This pregnancy has been so strange that I am embarrassed to even tell people everything that has happened because it sounds like BS! Even Hubby and my mom have mentioned that they don’t really tell people about it because it’s just too much drama (as you all know by now, lol).

So, I have an appointment with another doctor in my OB’s practice (he’s out of the office until next week) tomorrow morning…I assume for a cervix check. I know the babies are alright for the moment because I can feel them kicking – but reassurance is always nice. Then next week I have another ultrasound and an appointment with my regular doc on Friday – so wish me luck!

Oh, and the cavity wasn’t even a cavity after all. It was an exposed root – apparently MrsLaLa has been getting a bit over zelous with the tooth brushing as of late. At least one thing went better than expected yesterday, eh?


20 Responses to “As the Womb Turns”

  1. Alison July 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    Oh no!! UTI’s are the worst pain!! The good think is once treated, you almost immediately feel better. And it’s just horrible the way they treated you in L&D.

  2. M July 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    OUch on the UTI! That sounds incredibly painful, and I can understand being completely freaked out! I am glad that the babies are fine though!

    And, I think that a second opinion with the perinatologist is a great idea, as well. It sucks that the L&D at that hospital is so unhelpful before 20 weeks. I mean, pregnancy is pregnancy, and they should learn that. Unbelievable.

  3. Away2me July 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    What a huge scare. And you know what, ER’s just suck. We have the worse one on our city. Gosh, you aren’t in H.e.m.e.t. are you?

    I found out today that I need to start searching for an OB. Yeah!

  4. July 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    Ouch!! That does not sound like fun at all. I hope all clears up soon. Huge hugs!!

    A second opinion can never hurt anything. I would definitely do it too. Your experience with L&D would piss me off too.

  5. Michell July 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    Sounds like that wasn’t fun at all. I would also say that you definitely need to push to see a perinatologist. I’m surprised that you haven’t seen one already. They are doctors for high risk pregnancy. Since you’ve already been having contractions, bleeding etc you ARE high risk. No the peri may not completely take over but you should be seeing both a peri and your OB and being monitored more closely.

  6. twondra July 3, 2008 at 3:01 am #

    Wow….I’m sooo sorry you had to go through that. You’ve been through so much sweetie. 😦 I hope the UTI clears real soon. And definitely get a second opinion….it would make us all feel better. 🙂 Keep us posted! Hope hubby is doing better! 🙂 Say, do you know of any blogs like us where women are TTC who have ill husbands? I’d love to talk to more in the aame boat. Sometimes it gets so hard and lonely.

    Thanks sweetie! I hope you’re feeling better real soon! (((HUGS)))

  7. sara July 3, 2008 at 4:51 am #

    Yikesa mikesa! Man oh man…you have been through the ringer girl and definitely deserve a little TLC. I’m glad that they figured out it was a UTI, and that the little ones are okay. By the end of this you are going to have nerves of steel. Those two little ones aren’t going to be able to do anything that phases you because you’ve already been through so much! I hope you get to see a peri that you like as a second opinion. Sometimes even if your OB is your primary doctor, it’s nice to have a peri that your OB “consults with.” I rarely see my peri, and see almost exclusively my OB even with my pregnancy being high risk for a variety of reasons. But knowing that there are two good doctors looking at my chart and bouncing ideas back and forth makes me feel a TON better. This will hopefully make you feel better as well. I wish I could give you a hug everytime you have a bump like this one. Even though I’ve never met you in person, I worry so much about you and the little ones! I just you and them to be okay. So I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and let’s both have a quiet fourth of July, okay? Hugs!!!

  8. samcy July 3, 2008 at 5:36 am #

    Oh my hat LaLa! That sounds hectic – definitley seek a 2nd opinion, that level of care is just not on! Cannot believe those a-holes!!!!

  9. annacyclopedia July 3, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    Eek! As I was reading it, I was was hoping it was a weird UTI (I had a coworker that had a super weird one once – not quite the same, but similar). So whew! But I’m sorry you had to go through that. I’m hoping for no more drama, but I guess more realistically, I’m hoping that whatever more drama comes your way is like this – weird, uncomfortable, and scary, but ultimately not too serious.

    And yes, push for that referral. Those L&D folks sound like idiots!

  10. Sweetgeorgia July 3, 2008 at 6:43 am #

    Never a dull moment is there?! Sorry you had to go through yet another trip to the ER. Glad that it wasn’t too serious.

  11. Ms. J July 3, 2008 at 7:00 am #

    PLEASE go to the Peri-dr., and get thee a second opinion (and hopefully another hospital), PRONTO!

    That’s an order.

  12. Io July 3, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    UTIs are the worst – and that sounds like an awful one. How freaking horrible dude. And an exposed root doesn’t sound any better than a cavity to me…
    I hope you get that referral – maybe a specialist can work some magic and make the rest of your pregnancy not so nutso!
    Hope you feel better!

  13. Alicia July 3, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    I’m glad everything is ok, but coming from a medical professional YOU NEED A SECOND OPINION! for the love of God! It’s a little crazy whats going on with you all the time. Yes, they lose money on a referral, but they should want to give you a referal to cover their own ass at this point ya know!? I’ll be thinking about ya!

  14. noswimmers July 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Oh my, LaLa…that’s quite a scare! I’m so glad everything is okay.
    And I agree with the others–GET OUT OF THERE! You need someone who knows that they’re doing and will listen to you. That’s absolutely ridiculous that they wouldn’t even SEE you. Ugh.
    Hope the appointment went well today. Hang in there.

  15. Blog-A-Baby July 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    You poor thing! A UTI is terrible period, but I can’t even imagine one while pregnant.

    I had to go to the ER once when I was pregnant with my daughter, and I found that our hospital also didn’t take patients in labor and delivery until week at least week 21. I was kind of shocked as well.

  16. hopeful July 4, 2008 at 1:49 am #

    It is soo scarey for you guys. You would have hoped after all the trouble you had getting to being pregnant it should be a easy pregnancy, its just not fair but I guess it will make you more appreciative at the end, thats if you could be any more appreciative. I can’t believe that stinker of a hospital doing that to you. I thought they were there to be carer’s! Hope it starts getting smoother soon

  17. Michelle July 4, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    All of life is always a drama no matter who you are or what you are doing. Your pregnancy has NOT been an easy one, and I don’t think you should be embarassed about that at all. Its not like you try to make these things happen, they just do. There is an upside to it all though: you are going to appreciate those little babies more than any other mother who had a normal pregnancy and conceived naturally ever could. You are going to make the most wonderful mother in the world because you had to go through so much to get there.

    As for the ER situation, it does sound like they are a bunch of inconsiderate, thoughtless @$$ holes. I think you should seek a second opinion, if only to help ease your stress levels. You need to do what you think it best.

    Good luck with everything this next week. Loads of hugs!

  18. Kate July 5, 2008 at 8:42 am #

    I can’t believe those L&D jerks! I am so glad that everything is ok, though.

  19. Searching July 5, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Sheesh, what a bunch of jerks! Def push for the peri and I’m glad you’re getting a 2nd OB opinion. Hope you feel better and don’t have to worry about those cramps again for a LONG time! BTW, I love the girls’ names. 🙂

  20. secretwave101 July 23, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    I guess if the OB antepartum clinic was stacked full we might give you the option of a long wait or going home, but in general we would at LEAST put you on the monitor to see if you’re still contracting and that the babies are ok.

    Reassurance is a great tocolytic.

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