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I have a doctor's appointment today. I am nervous. I have no idea what he is going to say, and I have even less idea what my reaction will be. I am so angry at the treatment I received when I realized there was something wrong with Declan, and I am not in the mood to be patronized. I plan to demand to know what they are going to do and to demand that they start testing me for things like diabetes. I expect to meet resistance. Boy, I am angry already and I haven't even left the house yet!
Were you ever tested for blood clotting disorders? Certain disorders can cause blood clots in the umbilical cord or placenta. It is not routine to be testing for blood clotting disorders. Sometimes you have to request it.
Do you have records of what testing was done on you? The A1c gives you an idea what your average blood glucose levels have been over the past few months. If you had severely impaired blood glucose you should know because you'd feel it and experience symptoms associated with it.
I'd imagine they did a lot of testing when you lost Eva? Did you have a lot of blood work done this time? I know they check for infections.
Aeon, mama to Grace, 12/04; Evangeline, 11/06; Duncan, 11/08 ; and Henry, 12/09.
Last edited by Aeterna; August 28th, 2009 at 06:53 AM.
She is right about blood clotting disorders. My friend IRL who lost a baby at 18 weeks then the other at 40 weeks found out AFTER her fullterm loss that she had some rare blood clotting disorder that caused both deaths (they knew about her 18 week loss but never did any extra testing during her subsequent pregnancy). The second one she went into labor the day after her EDD and a clot got into the cord, killing her daughter. The first time she went into labor on her own also and then the baby died, but at that time she was only 18 weeks.
Plus some of the women here lost their babies to blood clotting disorders. I say demand what you demand. I don't think they will resist whatever you say if they are smart, because they know that will just cause more trouble. At least I hope that's how it is...
I definitely think you should ask them to check for clotting disorders, do you have any type of auto-immune problems? If so you could have anti-phospholipid syndrome, a different type of clotting disorder. If I get pregnant again I will ask to be tested for this since I have hypothyroidism.
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 Sail Back to Me
I don't think I have a history of any sort of auto-immune disorder. I would love to have something wrong with me that can be treated, monitored, or fixed. Doesn't that sound odd? I am so afraid that it is a genetic issue. If it is, that may well mean the end of my dream to have a baby. Anyway, my doctor isn't going to test me for anything. He is referring me to a geneticist and a high risk OB. I honestly can't wait for those appointments. I just want to move forward. Any step closer to finally having a baby I get to keep is a step towards sanity.
Thank goodness he did that. When we had to go for a level 2 U/S with a maternal fetal medicine specialist they sounded so much more like they knew what they were talking about as far as pregnancy problems and losses. He seemed a little annoyed with the lack of information provided by my OB office and I had to provide him with my complete pregnancy history including dates, etc.
So I feel like they are putting you into much better and capable hands. I totally hope it is a disorder or condition you have that can be controlled too. I wouldn't wish anyone to have a genetic problem or be told they shouldn't have any more children, etc. Ugh! I just feel so terrible for all you're going through. They better get you answers!!!!
I'm glad you're going to see a specialist! I'm glad you were angry enough to demand answers. Anyway, I hope you get one. I understand wanting something wrong with you that could be treated. I was told that there was nothing that could be done to predict/prevent umbilical cord accidents and I found myself wishing it was something I could take a pill for.