We had one last OB appointment yesterday afternoon. She helped clear up the confusion we were feeling after the ultrasound last week, and really it looks like the previa was worse that we thought at first. So we’re planning on being at Touro for 6am next Friday, the surgery should be around 8 (unless the woman scheduled ahead of me has her baby sooner, then we’ll go in at 7), and should all take about an hour. Then at least 2-3 days in the hospital, if all is well, and back home again.
Our doctor has been so patient and accommodating, I really do feel blessed that we have been able to work with her. All the random requests we’ve made she has taken very seriously, and it looks like she’s figured out a way for me to see the birth (usually there is a giant curtain in the way) and my mom will hopefully be able to be present in the OR. I gave her a copy of this article, compliments of Veronica, and she seemed to find it helpful. Thanks, V!
Of course, this all depends on our making it to Friday without any more bleeding, because if the bleeding starts again, we go in immediately, and depending on how bad it is, we may or may not have enough time to worry about some of those details. (Not to mention then Mom may have to stay with the girls instead of come with us, etc.) So if you’re looking for something to pray for, we really need to not have any bleeding before Friday. And then of course, you can always pray that the surgery goes well for both of us and that the recovery is speedy. I’m really not looking forward to that part.
I’m still a little grumpy about the girls not being able to be around for the birth, or very much the first couple of days really, but mostly I’ve come to terms with this whole thing, I think. Or at least resigned myself to the inevitable, and started focusing on getting ready for the hospital, getting our room cleaned up for the baby, and not doing anything that might cause contractions. We’ll see how I’m feeling about it all a week from now!
Anybody who has suggestions for preparing for this, or recovering quickly, I’d love to hear them. I’m thinking along the lines of natural remedies, meditations, stuff I’m likely to want at the hospital that isn’t on the general lists you find on the web…or whatever else you think of.
Thank you again for all the support over the last two months. We’re almost there! I promise I’ll get a picture and a few details posted as soon as humanly possible after the birth. As much as I like being pregnant (I know that sounds crazy to some of you, but I’ve never gotten to the “I can’t wait to get this baby out!” stage), I think I’ll be about ready to meet this baby a week from now.
We’re open to suggestions for names, too! That is still very much up in the air. : )