Archive for the ‘Ultrasounds’ Category

My Boob Hurts
February 28, 2008

There is no gentle way to put it. My right breast hurts so much right now I am thinking of personally cutting it off. It all started about 3 weeks ago. I thought I had a clogged duct. Well the lump I thought was the clog never went away. I would push on it and try everything people told me and it stuck around. It not only stuck around it started to get bigger and hurt. I finally made an appointment to get it looked at and I was told it was Mastitis and that I really shouldn’t have waited so long to have it looked at. I was given antibiotics but after 3 days and the pain getting worse I called the doctor and told him there had been no improvement. I could now see the effected area when I looked in the mirror because the skin is reddish/purplish. At this point he switched the antibiotic and gave me pain medication as well, then shot me in the tush with even more medication. He measured the “lump” and it had grown to 8.5 cm by 6.5 cm. I was told my bra was too tight and that could cause problems since I’m breastfeeding. It made me want to cry since we’ve been trying to get bigger bra’s, even special ordered some and they never came… anyway… ya… so I’m discouraged.

It’s been 4 days since starting the new antibiotic and guess what. NO improvement at all. The doctor is starting to wonder if it’s another kind of infection or even if it’s turned into an abscess. I’m not thrilled about this prospect since from what I’ve found online they talk about how the best thing to do is have it taken care of surgically since it often comes back if just drained with a needle. HOWEVER as each day goes by and the pain gets worse I’m feeling more and more desperate. I still have to pump on that side, and if I don’t do it every 3 hours I start to feel it big time. Overall I’m not feeling 100% anymore and that’s so frustrating since I’d been feeling so well the past couple weeks. I have a breast ultrasound on Friday, and hopefully that will shed some light on the situation. The doctor is also doing a culture on some of the milk from that breast, the results from that should be ready soon also. I feel like a medical nightmare. Some people catch colds, I catch rare diseases. I could wallpaper our room with medical bills right now.
GOOD news is JD is wonderful and such a good boy. My only complaint is that he is still only giving us 2-3 hour chunks of sleep at night. Since I’m exclusively pumping now it can make for some long nights. I want to start trying to stretch him out longer but Jer is a light sleeper so it will require me getting his big crib cleaned out (it’s full of clothes and blankets) in his room so that I can have him out of our room. Quite frankly I don’t have the energy the past couple days to get it done. Maybe tomorrow? My mom once had a doctor tell her that once a baby is 2 months old or 10 pounds and healthy they have the ability to sleep through the night. I’m just asking for maybe a good consistent 4-5 hours but hey, I’d take all night too. 🙂 Good news is that his room is finally coming together thanks to Steph’s sister offering us a love seat. Our full couch in that tiny room was a nightmare and it is so nice to have more space and a better layout, not to mention that the new couch is WAY more comfier than the old one.

PICTURES
October 24, 2007

I totally forgot to add the Ultrasound photo’s. My sister in law scanned them in for me a few days ago. YAY!

The first one is of his… uh… unit. It’s a bum view. The other two are of his profile.

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UNO!
October 10, 2007

It’s a BOY!!! 

We are very excited.  The only full name we had settled on was a girls name so I guess we will just have to  start brainstorming for a boys.  We know the first name will be Jacob, so if you have any ideas for the middle name we are all ears (NO dad we will NOT name him Christopher so you can call him Chris Mauss).

Pregnancy is finally at a normal stage and even most of the nerve pain is gone for the time being.  I’m sure it’ll come back but I’ve been enjoying a few days of physical happiness.  I couldn’t sleep last night at all, anxious about the ultrasound this morning.  I was worried about everything but the gender!  The only thing we have to watch is that the baby is breech so he’ll need to get his little tush turned around before Feb.

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Waiting
September 25, 2007

Yesterday morning around 3am I woke up with some cramps.  They didn’t go away till 4 am this morning.  I didn’t fuss too much about it because we already had a doctors appointment yesterday afternoon.

I told the nurse what was going on and she told me it could be bacteria in my bladder and they decided to run some cultures that I’ll know the results from tomorrow.  When I told the doctor he asked me if they were cramps or contractions.  I told him I’m not sure how to tell the difference.  I mean they felt like no cramps I’d consistently had before but I wasn’t sure how to respond.  He proceeded to tell me that even if they were contractions that I was too early to save the baby if I went into labor.  The best thing I could do is wait.  That with my history there’s no telling what could happen.  Not exactly what I wanted to hear.  He checked the heartbeat and then sent us on our way.  Jeremy wasn’t there, but my sister in law Steph was.  I was ok until I got in the car then I just got so discouraged, and cried a bit.  It’s hard to hear words like “viable baby” and not want to scream that if it’s kicking you and has a heartbeat it’s already viable in your mind!

I also started to get a pain in the front of my leg that was keeping me up nights.  It was different from the sciatic pain so I asked about it.  Apparently it’s my Femoral Nerve.  Like the Sciatic there is nothing that can be done.  This nerve runs in the front of your leg and the Sciatic is in the back.  So my left leg is just a ball of pain.  All the pain is worth it if the baby is going to make it to a healthy delivery.

I feel really good about this baby, and I do believe we’ll make it to full term.  It’s just going to be a long road the entire pregnancy apparently.  Part of the problem is that I have been doing a bit with the move, I thought I was taking it easy but now that I think back there are things I had done that I should have not.  It’s hard to ask, or even just accept help sometimes, even if you must have it.

We have our “Big” ultrasound on the 10th of October.  I will let you know if the baby lets us see what the sex is.  Right now I’ll be honest, I’m just wanting to make sure it’s ok, regardless the gender.

12 Week Appointment
July 30, 2007

Today Jer and I headed to the Dr for our 12 week appointment. I was worried about it. I had nightmares all night that we couldn’t find a heart beat this time and had to have a D&C. It didn’t help that this weekend I started to have some bleeding, yucky discharge (sorry way TMI but it’s a pregnancy blog so get used to it) and started to have a horrible yeast infection. So I wasn’t feeling totally perky to begin with.

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The first thing they always do is take your weight. I’ve lost 5 pounds and so I was worried that was a bad sign. The Doctor started by trying to hear the heartbeat for the first time. After a minute or so when he couldn’t find it he decided to just do an ultra sound. He said with my history he wasn’t going to play around all day, he wanted to make sure things were ok. It was our first external Ultrasound (HAPPY DAYS!) and little Uno was bouncing around all happy. We immediately knew everything was ok and once he knew right where the baby was he was able to find the heartbeat for us to listen to. I can not even tell you how this made us feel. WE HEARD IT!! That puts our miscarriage risks down to 2%. We know there are still 6 months left to worry about, but for us this is amazing.

Spotting Again
June 21, 2007

We went to the Doctor yesterday to find out if I should be worried about the spotting I’ve had off and on for a few days.  Spotting for me has never been a really great thing, I know many women have it through their pregnancy and have healthy babies, it’s just hard to be optimistic about it all.

The Dr. did and ultrasound and we saw the little sac and the ‘yoke’ (some call it a fetal pole).  I told J congrats, that he is the father to a yoke!  They also took some blood to check my HCG levels.  I go in again tomorrow for more blood and then once they compare the numbers we’ll see where we go from there.  We are scheduled for another ultrasound on J’s birthday next Friday.  We are really hoping that we make it that far and that we see a heartbeat.

We aren’t sure how far along we are exactly.  The joys of not having a period in between to gage it with.  The Dr’s (and I agree) think I’m about 5 weeks and a couple days.  It would put the Due date around Feb. 20th.

Here’s hoping that the blood work tomorrow gives us more hope!  Keep your toes crossed.