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   Monday, June 27, 2005  

Yet another OB appointment update

I woke up early this morning. I certainly did not wake up well or happy, but I was up. I showered, I dressed, and I got in the car with Mr. W. We went in to his office for an hour where I read more of my novel (should I be concerned that in the less than 24 hours since I started reading the book I have read nearly 250 pages of the 516? Should I have bought more than 2 novels last weekend?).

My ultrasound was at 10:00 and they were running a bit behind schedule -- they seem to get referrals from many, many practices to do the 20 week ultrasound, so it was crazy today. But, we did my scan and things were good. Really good. The baby's heart rate measured at 142 bpm, lots of movement. My baby is now nearly 6 cm, crown to rump, measuring at 11 w 6 d...a few days ahead of the 11 w 3 d. Still no signs of blood and/or clots.

We met with the nurse practitioner. They are still leery of doing a pelvic exam and pap smear (which I am about 6 months overdue for, having last had one in late Jan/early Feb of 2004), but they feel there is no reason to think that there could be anything wrong that way and so they want to wait until we're far enough past my bleeding episode such that if anything happened it would not be blamed on an exam earlier in the day/week. I mentioned that I was a little uncomfortable with the thought that my baby's heartbeat was measured at 172 and then 182 at the last two ultrasounds and was only 142 today. She pulled out the doppler, found the heartbeat immediately and then counted it herself: 170 bpm.

My goal now is to just get through the next two weeks. My next appointment is Friday, July 8. We don't have an ultrasound scheduled since they now can use the doppler to hear the heartbeat, but said that they'll send me in for an ultrasound immediately if there is something even the slightest bit off (blood, discharge, odd feelings; or if the baby's position prevents us from hearing the heartbeat from the doppler).

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And of course, as we all know, those two weeks will be HELL. Hang in there - you're in my thoughts.
FYI - I was told that as long as the baby's heartrate is over 100, that's what's important. Their heartrate can fluctuate quite a bit with their activity and inactivity. :) I'm so glad things keep looking good for you! :)
What great news--I'm so glad to learn that things continue to progress smoothly. So very happy for you.

Dee (the REsMuse)

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