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January 31st, 2008, 03:45 AM
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I had a repeat ultrasound done yesterday which confirmed the opinion two weeks ago that I have a blighted ovum or anembryonic pregnancy. I've been bleeding for three weeks now and the doctor didn't want to put off the D & C any longer.

He has concerns because I had placenta accreta with my last pregnancy eventhough I didn't recieve any blood transfusions. I had an urgent C section due to my water breaking with placent abruption and delivered at 28 weeks. The doctor was a high risk specialist and knew right away what he was seeing and did a D & C before I was closed up from the C section. Just my luck I react oddly to medications. During my C section they gave me the spinal anesthesia as well as Versed, Demerol, Phenergan and Duramorph. I was still awake through the whole thing. Later, my doc told me they'd given me enough medication to put HIM out and he's a large fellow.

The doctor doing the D & C this morning isn't the same one so he wants to play on the safe side and give me clotting factors before the procedure. He tells me best case scenario and I'll be home this evening. Worst case is I'll have to get blood, stay overnight and possibly have a hysterectomy.

My husband is out of state, my older girls are going to school and my mom is coming over this morning to watch the baby so that leaves me going to the hospital by myself. I'll probably have to drive myself home too, but you've gotta make the best of it.

Anyway... I'll post what happens later when I get home. Hopefully, this evening.

*keeps her fingers crossed*

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January 31st, 2008, 02:19 PM
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I just read this and I hope things well well for you today. I would be VERY concerned about driving yourself home after the D&C. They would NOT let me leave unless I had someone driving me home b/c of the anesthesia.

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January 31st, 2008, 08:31 PM
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Everything went as planned as far as I know. The doctor's worries about giving me clotting factors ahead of time didn't translate to his orders and so that part of it never happened. There was no blood work ahead of time, just an IV and some fluids. I saw the doc for a few minutes before the procedure and i tried to talk him into letting my drive myself home. Of course, that didn't work out the way I hoped.

The anesthesiologist came in and we talked briefly about my previous experience but what seemed to interest him most was my teeth. I've had extensive dental work done with veneers and caps and it isn't completed yet. Considering I paid more for my dental work than my 2008 lease, I shared his concerns since the work isn't finished yet and some of the temporary pieces had the potential to be jarred loose.

I was given some Versed just before we went into the operating room and I remember being wheeled down the hallway and into the room. I remember adjusting my position and doing some deep breathing as they held a mask over my face. After they told me they were going to give me some more medicine (propofol) I was asleep. I woke up in recovery and they told me I'd been there for twenty minutes. I was pretty much wide awake, sat up a little and had some 7up. No nausea, no pain, and no cramping eventhough they were giving me pitosin in my IV. I called my mom and found out the doctor had already called her. She told me she asked him if there were any unusual events and he said no, everything went smoothly.

After a little while I went back down to outpatient surgery and got up out of bed to put on underwear and a pad. There was some blood under where I'd been laying but I expected that. What struck me as odd was the green OR sheet since I don't remember them putting it there. I had a little more to drink and settled down to wait until my mom could come down to the hospital after my older children got out of school. I refused to let mom take the baby outside because she's been coughing and has a runny nose already. I texted my husband and told him things went alright and as far as I knew, there weren't any complications. I think I probably slept on and off for another 90 minutes. I don't think I slept because of the sedation but because I'd only slept three hours last night.

I sat up again about 20 minutes before my mom got there and went to the bathroom, they pulled my IV and I got dressed. The nurse took me down to the main entrance (I walked) and we met my mom there.

So to answer the question about whether or not I drove myself home? I did. I also know myself well enough to know if I'd felt any residual drowsiness, I wouldn't have. My primary motivation wasn't driving myself home but having the car at home in case I needed it later. Essentially, I'm a single parent with a sick child at home. I was "allowed" to drive eight hours after surgery anyway but if I didn't have a car, I couldn't do that. My mom lives out of town and my brother lives 90 minutes away. There was no one else to drive my car home for me or I would have let them. Mom suggested coming back and getting the car tomorrow but the weather forecast is calling for bitter cold temperatures with 3-6 inches of snow in the next 24 hours and I don't necessarily want her driving over here if she doesn't have to. The best solution at the time was just to do it myself.

I feel.... the same, although I know I'm not. I've come to terms with the miscarriage because I was given the information I needed and I saw the pictures for myself. While I was "pregnant", there was no baby. I try to look for positives even in bad situations and the positive in this one is that I never saw a fetus or a heartbeat. You can't lose something you never had. What I grieve for is the lost opportunity and what I have to come to grips with is that the chance to have another child might not come again. I'll leave all that in God's hands and be extremely thankful for what I have.
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February 6th, 2008, 07:07 AM
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I broke out in hivees yesterday though I'm not sure why. No new medications, detergents or the like. It's February and I've never been allergic to a thing in my life.... except the 2 weeks before I gave birth to my first daughter. Hives head to toe. My doc said I was having an allergic reaction to pregnancy hormones. Bizzare. Personally, I think it's just stress and I'm hoping it will go away on it's own. We'll see.
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