I’m in the Two Week Wait

24 Sep

I’m going to give a very blunt account of what it was like. I couldn’t find many “experience” stories going in, and knowing what to expect would have *really* helped.

The first thing did was a quick ultrasound to check the baby’s positions and to locate a good pocket of fluid. Once the doctor has chosen a spot he hands the ultrasound wand to a nurse to hold and everyone puts on sterile gloves. The area is rubbed with betadine (some doctors wash with soap). Most doctors do not give a topical numbing agent, mine did, but I think it was silly…lidocaine doesn’t work on me so it was just an extra poke for no real reason.

Anyhow, they gave the lidocaine shot and then used a long, thing needle to insert a catheter into the fluid pocket. In my case the baby had moved and they had to spend some time pushing him back out of the way before they could insert the needle. None of this really hurt much, just a pinch. I was told that it would cramp and burn…I felt none of that…just pinching.

Then the doctor took about 20 minutes (NO FREAKING JOKE!) digging around with the catheter and sucking out 3(!?) vials of fluid. Blood tinged fluid, I might add.

This was what made it a horrible experience for me. It just felt WRONG, like a finger in your eye…or like having a catheter in your bladder…I just wanted it OVER and it went on, and on, and oooooonnnn.

Afterwards they asked me to take it easy for 24 hours (honestly, I didn’t because I felt 100% fine, I rested, but I mostly just listened to my body).

I had one big contraction in the car on the way home and was “sore” all day (only because I had tensed up so much from being nervous I think). And when I went potty at home I did leak a teeeeny bit of fluid after, just once. Other than that, no issues. Not even any soreness where they went in, I have no idea where the spot was because they went through a stretch mark and I can’t see it! Ha.

I have to say though, that it was AWFUL and I would never do it again if I didn’t absolutely have to.

The waiting is horrible too. I asked for a Fish (rapid result), but the doctor said he couldn’t justify it. Grr. I bet if it was HIS child he could justify it!

I’m having good days and bad days. Over all, I *know* we are supposed to have this child no matter what. The circumstances surrounding this (four years of IF, IVF which BARELY resulted in any embryos, and then BAM!) are just too much for it to not be considered fate. But I have “why me” moments all the time.

My biggest issue(s), honestly, are not the fact that he will be handicapped or that he will look “different”. My issues are the fact that I was REALLY looking forward to breast feeding this time (DS babies are VERY difficult to BF), and the health issues. Dear Lord, I don’t know how I will handle more sick babies.

One day at a time. Right?

And so we wait. Two weeks. ::sigh::


12 Responses to “I’m in the Two Week Wait”

  1. jessica ratliff September 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    one day at a time,Pray….no really Pray….everything that we go through is ment to draw us closer to Christ….we can worry our selfs sick but He ultimitlly has control……we have a vision of how things should be,an understanding ….but that doesnt always mean it is his plan….it is hard to let go of control,but if you dont control will have ahold of you love you

  2. annacyclopedia September 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    The amnio does sound really awful, and I’m sorry you had to go through it. I imagine I’d feel the same way – just wrong, like it’s a serious invasion. That makes total sense to me.

    Waiting with you and abiding with you until you hear back. And sending you wishes for peace, always.

  3. Sheri Rouse September 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    I had a horrific experience with an amnio. The first test they were unable to get enough fluid after 45 minutes of trying. I saw a specialist the next time and it only took 2 minutes! I got my results in 11 days. It was the longest 11 days of my life. I will be praying the wait goes quickly.

  4. Alicia September 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Sending you good thoughts.

  5. leahboral September 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Holding my breath with you…..

  6. S September 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    I’m so sorry you had a bad experience. As I said in the email, the waiting was the hardest part. I can’t believe your doctor wouldn’t do the rapid response. What does he mean not justified? What situation would justify it to him?

    Are they calling you or are you calling them for results? In my research/experience (my own and talking to others) it normally takes less than two weeks for the full panel results.

    Prayers for the all clear!!!

  7. pln September 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    My fish result came in 2 days and real result came in 8 days! so I think you will learn sooner than 2 weeks.
    Good luck and I am waiting for your good news…

    PS. I got so angry to your doctor. People who did not have this experience does not know what is the meaning of “waiting”.

  8. Michell September 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    I hope the wait goes by quickly and the results are good.

  9. samcy September 25, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Shame hon, does not sound nice at all. And I can’t believe it’s taking so long for results – one would think that they would be rush results regardless…

    Thinking of you.


  10. Michelle September 25, 2009 at 6:00 am #

    Oh my goodness. It does not sound fun. I’m glad that it wasn’t too uncomfortable afterward. It sucks you have to wait two weeks to get the results back. I hope and pray he is just fine and you can put your poor mind at ease.

    Thinking about you. *Hugs*

  11. Cibele September 26, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    I am glad that you and baby and doing fine after the amnio , I wish you peace and these 2 weeks go by very past and brings great news. Congratulations on you girls turning 1, how exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefuly soon you can just enjoy your life as a mother of 3 and dont have nothing major to worry about.

  12. Two Makes Four September 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    I think I’d feel the same way about the amnio — both the reasons for having it done and the feelings about the procedure. I’m thinking of you and little Nolan. Hang in there.

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