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Our Journey

2002 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #1

2003 1st consult with an RE, you know, just in case

2003 Got Married (at 37 (me) & 34 (DH) years old)

2003/2004 Naturally conceived pregnancies BFPs #1, #2, & #3 and miscarriages #1, #2, #3

2005 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #2

2005 IVF #1, BFN #1

2005 IUIs #1 and #2, just because, BFN #2 & #3

2005 FET from IVF #1, BFN #4

2006 Exploratory surgery to remove scar tissue from fibroid sugery #2

2006 IVF #2 (w PGD), BFP #4

2006 Emergency cerclage for IC @ 16w6d (5 months + 1 week of complete bed rest at home ensues)

2007 Our son is born @ 38w by scheduled c-section

2007 IVF #3 for baby #2, BFN #5

2007 IVF #4, BFP #5, miscarriage #4

2008 IVF #5, BFP #6, miscarriage #5

2008 IVF #6, BFP #7, miscarriage #6

2008 DE IVF #7, BFN #6

2009 DEFET #8, cancelled, embryos don't thaw

2010 Decide to adopt domestically

12.17.10 Profile is live with our agency

November 2011 Consult with RE re: donated embryo cycle

Early January 2012 Cleared to proceed with deFET

January 2012 Freeze our profile

1.20.12 deFET begins
2.12.12 eSET of one compacted morula
2.22.12 BFN

3.23.12 deFET #2 begins
4.14.12 transfer 3 embryos (1-8 cell, 1-5 cell, 1-4 cell)
4.22.12 + HPT
4.24.12 Beta #1 = 48.4
4.26.12 Beta #2 = 125.7
4.30.12 Beta #3 = 777.8
5.11.12 1st U/S - Singleton!
7.12.12 It's a Boy!
12.26.12 C-section: Baby G is born, 9#5oz, 20.5"

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Home (Mucous TMI)

If I haven’t said it enough, I love Kaiser. I’d never been into the hospital (except to the ER with our son) and it is huge. New and huge. Even for someone who’s been to the hospital a lot, it was a bit overwhelming. I found my way easily but probably walked 1/2 mile each way from the parking lot to L&D. I would later find out that I should go to the ER and they will park my car and take me up to L&D via wheelchair.

I checked in but there were no rooms available so I had to wait about 1/2 hour for one. I mentioned before that my OB was on call at the hospital and I saw her nurse in the hallway. I told him to tell her I was there. I also saw my original MFM (who I switched from), so I was relieved that at the very least I would be seeing someone I’d know and that was familiar with my case.

Once I was called into a room, I only had to wait about 15 minutes until my OB came in. I reviewed with her what happened yesterday and today. Again, while there was copious mucous yesterday, it was opaque and cream colored. It was very thick, unlike ‘egg white’ cervical mucous. Think the viscosity of slime (you know, the kind you had as a kid).  However, this morning there was more of that + a piece of something, between the size of a nickel and a quarter, that I can only describe as spongy brown tissue. If you’ve ever watched a real medical show where they show a cross section of the brain or lungs, it felt like what you’d imagine a piece of that would feel like. Or, if you’ve ever had a Rocky Mountain Oyster (remember, I spent summers on my great uncle’s ranch, learned to castrate bulls, and did try an oyster once), it felt like a piece of one.

My OB did a speculum visualization of my cervix. She commented that there was a lot of mucous, tan in color, and that I may feel her pull it out. I didn’t, but she said it was a large glob (and she commented again later that there was a lot of it).  At any rate, she said my cervix looked closed. She did a transvaginal ultrasound and my cervix is still measuring 1.2cm and appeared closed. It even appeared that the mucous plug might still be intact, but it was hard to know for sure.

She did a quick abdominal ultrasound.  Baby boy had a lot of fluid around and behind him and I registered no contractions on the monitor.

She took a slide of the mucous to look under the microscope to make sure there was no amniotic fluid (there wasn’t) and I was discharged. She commented that she thinks I will continue to make mucous like this for the remainder of my pregnancy, that it marks a ‘turning point’.  That was not ominous, just what it is.

Had it not been for this visit, I probably wouldn’t have opted to do the tour of the maternity ward, so this dry run was very informative. I now know where to park, where L&D is, what will happen there, how I’ll get the OR and recovery, and where the ‘family suites’ are where baby and I will room and where my son will be able to visit.

Having had so many miscarriages and surgeries, I am not squeamish about what comes out of my body. If I was a betting person, I’d say with 100% certainty that I lost the plug or part of it. There is NO other explanation for what came out this morning. Of course, I now wish I’d saved that piece and I did think about it but I was so sure of what it was that it didn’t make sense to.

I’m relieved to be home, relieved things look as they do, resigned that things will unfold as they are going to and I just need to be aware of what is going on with my body/baby. My OB thinks I’ll hold on til my scheduled c-section. We shall see.

“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us -
in the dreariest and most dreaded moments -
can see a possibility of hope.
~Maya Angelou

7 comments to Home (Mucous TMI)

  • Anna

    Oh my goodness, what a huge relief, you’re home! I’m glad that you got some positive things out of your visit and so pleased for you that baby boy is staying put for now. I am amazed that you’re coming up for 34 weeks, time seems to be going so fast, x

  • Good to be home, eh? After this entire adventure, it is nice to hear you made the most of your “trip” – now you know where to go and what to do. And being home relieved that it is still going as it should is one of the best feeling in the world, isn’t it? Thinking of you.

  • That sounds so unusual – I would have to bet with you that you lost at least part of your mucus plug. (That’s based on no experience whatsoever.) Whatever it is/was, I’m glad to hear your cervix is closed and your fluid level is good. Stay put little boy!

  • I’m generally a Kaiser fan too. Really glad you and baby are home safe!

  • Meg

    One more day and one more ‘normal’ experience. Glad you got the tour!!
    Meg

  • Clinging to your OB’s prediction for you; I want it to be true so badly I believe her. I also believe you will be okay regardless. Maybe it’s just the underlying sound of well-being between your lines influencing my impression. In any case, good thoughts for you all. Hang in there.

  • Sarah

    Lordy! Nice cervical length! Whew!

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