Banned

The on-call doctor told me tonight to not call anymore.

Seriously?

See, if my call about what I could take for my sore throat/cough had been returned before 4:55 p.m., I wouldn’t have had to call. But, the IVF coordinator told me I could take meds one of the doctors had specifically said not to take and, with it being 5 p.m. and time for me to be on the air, I didn’t have time to question it. So, I called afterward. Actually, I had Joe call because it was looking like I was going to have to run the board for the baseball game.

That’s a no-no, too. Well, maybe if I didn’t have to be ON THE AIR I would be able to call myself. But, it’s kind of hard to talk on the phone while broadcasting.

Oh yeah, and I was lectured for not looking at my meds sheet. I might have been able to IF I WAS AT HOME. But, seeing as how I was in the car, it wasn’t something I was able to do.

Maybe this doctor doesn’t realize that most of us are pregnant for the first time, and since we’ve had to do IVF to get pregnant, we’re even more cautious about what we do during our pregnancy. Obviously, I’ll know more about what I can and can’t do next time around, but I’ve never been pregnant before, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to do anything to hurt this pregnancy.

And, if I had just gone to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist (who told me to call my doctor), they would have lectured me for NOT calling them.

I could understand them getting annoyed with me if I called every day. I’ve called only a few times — when I was bleeding, a couple nights ago when I started getting sick and tonight. Interestingly enough, this doctor — Dr. SUGARDANCE I might add (Really? How can I take someone seriously when her name is Dr. Sugardance?) — is the only one who’s even cared. The other doctor, a resident who’s done many of my scans, was happy to tell me what I can and can’t do.

Thankfully, I only have a week left with them. But, it’s a week of me guessing what I can and can’t do since I’m not longer allowed to ask questions. I’m considering writing a letter to the senior doctor when we leave the reproductive center. I really hope my OB is more patient-friendly.

Scheduling with my OB

I made my first OB appointment today! Hooray! I feel like that’s such a big milestone. My last appointment at the reproductive center is Monday, but I figured I’d go ahead and make my first appointment with the OB because I wasn’t sure what the wait would be.

When I called, I was told the doctors were booked for the next 3-4 weeks. I gave the receptionist my information, got my appointment time and was told they’d see me then. I asked if she needed to know why I was coming in, and she said no. Regardless, I went ahead and told her I was pregnant from IVF.

“Ohhhhh, that makes a difference!” she said.

Right….which is why I asked if you needed to know in the first place.

Now, instead of going in three weeks from now, my appointment is April 27. In fact, they wanted me to come in tomorrow, but I told them my last appointment at the reproductive center isn’t until Monday. I’m really excited about moving on to my OB. I just hope everything keeps going smoothly.

Spring Storms

Our power was out for more than three hours this morning after a raging wind storm last night. Surprisingly, I didn’t hear it, despite the numerous times I was up to go to the bathroom. I’m just glad it’s back on now, because I really wasn’t looking forward to going to work without showering (no electricity = no hot water).

March and April are horrible months here in Georgia for storms. Usually March is worse, but this year we’ve been hit hard in April. Last Friday, a big storm hit our area, and we were on the air with special weather coverage for the two hours we were under a tornado warning. It was insane. It would pour and then stop. Then it would hail and then stop. Those patterns were repeated several times. And when I say it was hailing, I mean it was *pouring* hail. We had dime-sized hail at our house, and golf ball-sized hail was reported in the northern end of the county. I’m really surprised our cars weren’t dented. When the hail hit my car, it sure sounded like there would be damage.

hail

We had numerous tornado touchdowns called in to us and broadcast over the police scanner, but after talking to all the police chiefs in the various cities in our county, only one was confirmed. It was in a city close to where we live, which is kind of scary since Joe was here while I was at work.

If this is the worst that it gets this year, we’ll be lucky. Last year, we had a tornado hit one of our cities, and we actually saw one right in downtown where our station is located. From our studio window, we could see it spinning, and we really thought we were going to get hit. I hope storm season is almost over for the year. I’m definitely ready to move on to summer.

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Weekly Winners — 04/05/09-04/11/09

Go Braves!
opening day

opening day

Nothing Beats Opening Day Baseball
opening day

(The following were taken with my cell phone, hence the bad quality.)

Have I Gained Weight?
callie scale

Cuddling Under the Covers
callie sleeping

Check out more Weekly Winners over at Lotus’ blog.

Houston, We Have a Heartbeat

May I present Lil’ Geek.

6 week u/s

Sure it’s just a blob right now, but it’s the cutest little blob ever! The u/s was great today. Lil’ Geek’s heartbeat is 106 bpm, it measures 3 mm and is right at 6 weeks, which is only two days shy of where I am in my pregnancy. The u/s tech says that’s normal. I, of course, now worry that my little one will one day be riding the short bus. 🙂

I’m just so relieved that Lil’ Geek’s heart is beating away, especially after the two bleeding episodes this week (one which started up overnight). The sonographer told me the bleeding likely is from the baby pulling on the uterine wall and rupturing blood vessels. That’s comforting.

I wasn’t happy with how the u/s was done, though. I had the same sonographer who did my scan on Monday and, like then, she was silent the entire time. When she finished, she said, “Ok, looks good.” And prepared to leave. I had to ask her if there was a baby, if there was a heartbeat and, oh, could I *see* my baby?? Seriously. I don’t understand why there isn’t communication *during* the u/s because when there isn’t, I start to worry. I’m sure that’s understandable.

So, it looks like I have only one week left at Emory. I go in for another u/s next Friday, and then I will be released to my ob/gyn. Hooray! That means Joe and I are going to be touring the local hospital this week to make sure it’s where we want to deliver. I’ve heard good things about the newer ob/gyn practice here in town, and a friend of mine who had IVF goes there, so I’d like to use them provided we’re happy with the maternity department at the hospital. I’ve heard very bad things about the hospital in general yet rave reviews about the L&D department. I guess we’ll see!