Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Pink Elephant Is In MY Room, I'll Talk About It.

So this week I found out that my body is rejecting a pregnancy. I've known I was pregnant for about 8 weeks now, but had yet to see the Doctor.

My appointment was on Tuesday and after seeing the ultrasound, no baby, no heartbeat. I knew that something was not right, although the Technician tried to be optimistic and tell me that I was only measuring 5 weeks and we should be able to see a baby any day.. Bless her heart, in the same situation, I wouldn't want to be the one to deliver that news to an anxious Mom along with her Husband and Toddler. I'm sure she doesn't get paid enough for that responsibility.

The Doctor classified my pregnancy as "abnormal" and wanted to run some blood tests to be absolutely sure. My second round of blood today confirmed that my hCG levels were not rising as they should, and I have been scheduled for a D & C on Monday....


D & C - Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure in which the opening to the uterus, the cervix, is dilated or stretched and tissue that lines the uterus is curetted (scraped or removed).

Pleasant, right?

So this leads me to my many questions, I turn to the internet and quickly realize that what I need here is the human element of this. How does it really feel? Does it hurt? Worse or better than actual child birth? What is the recovery like?

I need someone to go all "Jenny McCarthy" on my ass, and tell me straight up. Just like I learned from her about pooping during childbirth.. and yes I did, she was right.

If 1 out of 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage, why is it that I don't know first hand someone that has experienced this? Or do I, is this subject taboo? Are we not supposed to talk about this? Because for me I need to talk, I have questions that can only be answered by someone that has been there.

So, I will post my discoveries in hopes that someone out there may take comfort in my answers.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I went through this last October. My proceedure was done at St. Vincents.
I'll be thinking of you. So sorry.


laura said...

I have had a d&c several years ago. My advice is to have someone go with you to the pre-op appt. They kept referring to it as an elective abortion. Which sent me over the edge. The will knock you out. You won't remember the procedure. You will probably bleed for several weeks after. I hope this is not too much info. Take Care.