Monday, May 2, 2011

Today's Appointment

Today was my monthly OB appointment. Typically, we switch from Dr. M to Nurse R and back again. This month, I saw Dr. M.

For the most part, it went great. I have finally started gaining weight. I gained 1 pound in the 1st trimester, but I am rapidly catching up. :-/ I gained 5 pounds in 4 weeks! So I am up a total of 6 pounds so far. It may seem weird to share my weight, but it holds me accountable. I am trying to keep it reasonable and I think I'm doing okay so far.

The appointment was very quick. We listened to Beanie's heartbeat, which was beautiful. Dr. M answered a few of my questions. I learned my UTI is resolved and the reason I feel like I still have it is because I need to drink even more water, and because this little Bean is moving around so much it is giving me the 'urge' all the time! Pregnancy makes you have to pee in more ways than I realized. ;)

The scary part of the appointment was when we talked about the migraine auras I've been having. Dr. M is concerned about them, particularly because I've had so many in a short period of time. He left the exam room mid-appointment to schedule me with the neurologist. The neurologist typically has a wait of several weeks, but they rushed me in, offering me an appointment at 7am tomorrow. That time doesn't work, so I will be going Friday.

When he came back, he shocked me a bit, telling me he will still let me drive "for now" but suggesting I not drive long distances. It all felt a lot more serious than I initially thought. I felt like I was handling it fine, but I guess it's good to check it out. In the meantime, I'm just supposed to get a lot of rest.

My biggest fear is that they'll make me undergo tests or take medicine that might affect Beanie. The word "neurologist" scares me (I had migraine auras as a child and spent a lot of time with neurologists, including being misdiagnosed as epileptic for a while - all very frightening for a child). But I am just trying to relax and trust that it will all work out for the best.

On the bright side, I made my appointment for 3D Ultrasound #1. We'll get to see our baby's cute little face for the first time on June 14th!


A said...

i am so glad the appt was good for the most part (esp hearing his heartbeat!). i hope that they wont suggest anything you are uncomfortable with for the migraines, but it is probably good that you shared this concern of yours because at least they can be aware of the situation and help you take care of yourself the best way for beanie! (e.g. my office is 2.5 hours away, and i have to drive there once every week or two, and it would have been a huge load off my shoulders if i was concerned about migraines and it was "doctors orders" that i need to stay close to home for me/my baby's safety).

RMCarter said...

Wow, 2 1/2 hours? That is far! I could see why that would be stressful. For me, it's not about staying close to home, it's about the actual drive. He's afraid I will get a aura while driving. If I am driving a long distance alone and I have to pull over, I'll be stuck by myself having an aura. That thought concerned him. I can still travel away from home, just not alone.

Luna said...

It is always funny to me when my reaction seems to be so opposite of the "professionals." It always seems they are concerned when I wasn't, or aren't concerned at all when I am freaking out.

I hope things go well on Friday!

LT aka Laura aka Lil La said...

Did your doc do any neuro tests on you in the office before referring you? I remember having my doctor a few years ago do some tests when I first started having migraines. There are some silly things they make you do! There was an intern in with my doc at the time I was doing the tests and at one point I had to close my eyes with tongue out and I just stopped and said you guys are just messing with me now!!!!

Anyhow, I hope everything is just fine and dandy and they are just ruling out anything serious:). Your doc sounds very good and I like that he doesn't mess around and rules out anything serious for peace of mind.

Tami said...

I think it is good they are being careful. Its always better to be sure, but make sure you do what you feel is right.
I am just loving reading your gives me such hope in a happy ending to my story. :)

No Baby Ruth said...

I'd say that was a pretty great appointment - there truly is nothing like hearing the heartbeat. For me it's better than anything else. I loved seeing our LO's face in the 3D scan, but hearing the heartbeat was still the highlight.

I really hope that the neurologist can give you some guidance regarding the migraines that doesn't require any out of the ordinary meds... and i hope they somehow get better soon - they sound pretty crappy!