So, I was supposed to have my amnio yesterday but doc had lots going on and it was moved to this morning. This could be painful…just to warn you. I’ll try to rephrase it nicely. Why post this? Well, I have nothing better to talk about and I’m pretty bored! And, I might as well journal everything, right?
I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my last post update on Cohen, but when we were at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas last week, he put on quite a show. He was moving all over the place. When the doctors would finally get a good angle of his heart, he would try to take his arm and COVER IT.
Well, today I really wasn’t too nervous going into the amnio. I know there are risks and they are bad ones, but God has a plan and I was just going along with things we have been lead to do. I wasn’t concerned with pain. The nurse walked us to the room we normally go to but this time there were more things surrounding us. There was a little tray with wrapped packages of “medical stuff” on it and also on the counter close by. When we went in yesterday, I asked about the prices of getting the results expressed. I just can’t wait another week or two. So, she came in with a sheet going over all the costs.
Before the doctor came in, I had left the room twice to go to the bathroom. Cohen hangs out on my bladder. Doctor came in talking and upbeat as usual. He asked us who we met with last week and how it went. He went over some things with us and he and the nurse got their gear ready. I was laying back and he said just to pick a place for my hands and try to keep them there. A few seconds later, without notice (which was probably smart), he inserted the needle. I previously thought the needle went in the belly button but when explaining things and cleaning my belly with that smugly yellow goo, he informed me the needle goes in the lower part of the tummy.
So, as soon a the needle is in, OUCH. I’m thinking, okay, grab the fluid and exit. No, not so much. They have the ultrasound going so they can see where Cohen is. Well, he was where they would have liked him to be….until the needle went in. Then, he thought he would like to play by the needle. No, Cohen, needles are not your friend. So, doctor starts moving needle around and trying to move Cohen. I keep thinking OKAY PULL IT OUT! SHOULDN’T THIS BE OVER!? No folks, this isn’t quite the same as getting your blood taken. I thought I was being smart by not doing research on the internet. Well, imagine a blood vial and it’s size. I had to fill up something about 3x that size..and not just one of them but 3 of them. So they did some moving and making sure he was out of the way. Since they were having to move the needle from Cohen, a little vein under my skin got nicked and you know what appears after that. I’ll give you a hint, it’s red and it was on my belly. FINALLY, it was over. I may have felt the needle but I NEVER saw it, I never even looked. I wasn’t sure if it hurt worse with the needle in or trying to get up and walk after!
Doctor told hubby and I with both did great! I might have yelled sh*t once. And it does not appear that I broke hub’s hand. Doctor & nurse told me to “bed rest” all day because I was going to be pretty sore. Hubby walked me out and I drove home almost in tears. He asked if he should drive me home but since we live pretty close they told me to go ahead. I can sometimes be a wimp but physically, I’ve experienced a lot of pain. This was just not pleasant! I came home and got in bed.
My friend Cameron came over and brought me some lunch and movies. The first few times I had to get up, Cameron had to give me a swift pull haha. It’s started to feel a bit better each hour as long as I stay laying on my back. Speaking of laying on my back, I can now see my belly move when Cohen kicks! Pretty neat. I can’t see any distinct things poking out but whichever side is kicked, you can just see it shake.
I would post a picture of the belly today but I don’t have the desire to get up and hubby is stuck in traffic on his way home as they closed the highway.
I don’t know if every amnio is as unpleasant but I certainly pray I never have to have another! I don’t want to scare those of you who may be having to have one someday. I’m sure every situation is different. I certainly don’t blame Cohen for any extra pain. He is just a curious and active little guy 😉
Yesterday, my mother-in-law emailed a cardiologist in Houston at Texas Children’s. We had several people contact us and tell us about him. Well, about 7 last night he called her! He also sent her an email. He actually helped train the doctor we saw last week in Dallas. He said he felt very comfortable with her but would certainly be glad to do an evaluation as well. So, we may be taking a trip to Houston soon.
Speaking of Texas Children’s & Houston. I’ve been watching The Little Couple for the past few hours and I just love this show! Maybe I can see her (Dr.Jen Arnold) if I go to TCH in Houston?
I’ve also watched several hours of the Real Housewives of Orange County re-runs today. I’m not sure which season it was but they are a hoot. I can’t wait for the housewives of New York to start next week.
Cameron brought me When Harry Met Sally and Julie & Julia.
I’m going to go now as the hubs just got home.
I will share the amnio results with my readers. The nurse said they would call as soon as they got them and it would be 24-48 hours. We will be praying for good results and peace with whatever comes!
Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers! And for wanting to read my blog 🙂