Yesterday afternoon was our first OB appointment. They called me back and had my hubby wait in the exam room while a nurse took my blood pressure, pulse, weight, and a list of my medications. She was definitely frazzled with all of my medications, but what can I do? I'm sure it's not everyday that the list includes so many. My blood pressure was, amazingly, really good. My pulse was a bit elevated.
I then waited with W in the exam room. The same nurse came in, frazzled again, and started to talk about labs and cultures and my insurance. She asked me to look something up about my insurance so I started as we waited. Another nurse then came in and explained that we didn't need to worry about anything and that they had it figured out. She asked whether it was our first pregnancy and we told her "sort of." We told her we had 3 previous losses and she was super sympathetic and understanding. She reassured us that if we had any questions or concerns at any time that we should feel free to call.
When Dr. Hi.ll came in she had her laptop and asked about our complete history. We gave her the run-down and joked about how she was writing a novel. It was hard to re-hash it all and I was practically in tears by the time I got to the end of it. It's a long story that contains a lot more downs than ups. It's not too often that I go through the entire history with someone, so it was hard.
She was so happy and excited for us that things finally worked out. We told her about how we are still working with Dr. Br.averman, and she was more than happy to coordinate care with him. She seemed happy to take a back seat in the decision making until it was her turn. We told her we will meet with him again at 12 weeks and he will make a plan for the rest of the pregnancy. She said with those recommendations we can move forward. She said she could probably learn a thing or two from reading his notes in the files that were sent over. I was so pleased with how open she was to working with him and following his recommendations. It was such a breath of fresh air from working with my local fertility clinic.
She then explained that she would do a pap smear, pelvic exam, and some cultures so left the room while I undressed and got ready. It was weird to have W in the room while a pap smear was done, but we joked about things so he was fine with it. He's been in the room for at lot at this point so he's not easily phased. The doctor warned me that I was going to have quite a bit of bleeding from the pap. Her gloves in the garbage were covered in blood, as was the table when I got up. The nurse gave me a pad and the doctor repeatedly reassured me that the bleeding was from my cervix, not my uterus.
I gave a urine sample and then we headed down to the ultrasound room. I was so happy we were getting an ultrasound, but disappointed when they referred to the machine as a "dinosaur". The machine did not provide crisp images of our little ones, but we saw them and it was great. They measured on target but the machine did not allow us to hear their heartbeats. Dr. H promised that for our next appointment we would get an ultrasound with the better machine.
She asked us about genetic testing and we said we wanted to do the NT scan (mainly for an extra ultrasound). I told her that Dr. B wanted me to be seen weekly and she gladly agreed, saying we had been through so much and was happy to do that. I asked some other questions and she was honest and straightforward with her answers.
By the time we left the office we had been there almost an hour and a half. We were long past the time that the office normally closes, but I was so happy the doctor spent so much time with us and never made us feel rushed. The other office staff did not look as happy as W and I were. We made an appointment for next week for an ultrasound and to meet with the doctor again.
Overall, it was a fantastic appointment. We felt like the doctor was compassionate and bright, as well as open to working with Dr. B, which is very important to us.
In other news, I got my doppler this week and have used it quite a bit. The first 4 or so times I tried it the first day I didn't have any success. Finally, on my 5th attempt I found a heartbeat. It was amazing! The next morning I tried it again and am pretty sure I found 2 different heartbeats. They were in different spots, but it is impossible to know for sure. Since then, I can easily find the first one within seconds of trying. The other one is more difficult, but I can find it with some persistence. The doppler has been amazing and I love listening to the sound of my little babies. It was such a great purchase!