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.”