Well this post is LONG overdue. I will be summing up everything in three posts, with three different themes for each post. None of them will be very long except maybe the last two. To bring anyone new up to speed, I am a guaranteed High Risk pregnancy and had to see an MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) Specialist for preconception.
MJ & I had the preconception visit with the MFM doctor two weeks ago. Sometimes, I wish I was good at Divination because I would have never predicted the results of that meeting. It was an eye opener to say the least. Wish there was a pensieve to replay that memory over and over again.
We arrived at the office early, though more like a hospital really. We filled out the paperwork andd they took my weight, blood pressure, temperature, etc. After that, we sat and waited an hour before they escorted us to the actual office of the MFM doctor we were seeing. It was in an entirely different building on the other side of the hospital. At least we got a beginner tour of the hospital we want to use.
After waiting yet another hour, we finally saw the doctor. The appointment lasted 10 minutes and I came away with my head spinning. 2 minutes were spent on going over family history, 4 minutes diagnosing my blood clot disorder, leaving 4 minutes for questions and recommendations. I was so flabbergasted by the quickness of it and lack of familiarity that I was left speechless at the last part. I didn’t hate the doctor nor did I like him. I could tell he was an excellent doctor but maybe not the doctor for me.
It was like we were at a hearing of our case where the doctor was judge, jury, and prosecutor. We didn’t have enough time to defend ourselves before the verdict was given and we were told what our ‘sentence’ was. Maybe that’s why we are choosing to not go with him and continued to shop for a doctor.
What shocked us was the disorder he diagnosed me with. Using only history of blood clots and one miscarriage at 12 weeks, I was told that I had Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome most likely due to Lupus Anticoagulant Syndrome. It is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system makes antibodies that attack and damage tissues or cells. Pregnancy related problems to this disease are blood clots, recurrent miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, slow fetal growth, and high blood pressure during pregnancy (preeclampsia). Basically some of our worst fears and nightmares when pregnant. I also would have to be taking baby aspirin and on lovenox when pregnant, heparin last few weeks.
It is a lot to analyze and take in upon hearing. We are still taking it in several weeks later.