Monday, March 30, 2009

Worst place for an infertile

"I haven't been here since that day." I said.

DH: " I know. I remember too well."

Then silence for the rest of our 40 minute drive to my OB's office. My OB was not available so they had another one check me out today. This is office is in the same building as my PCP however it is on the 2nd floor. I had not been THERE since THAT day and until the moment I walked into the office I never gave it a second thought.

"I think I will need to update my information. I haven't been here since 2006." I said.

As I was updating my information and watching smiling pregnant women walk in and out and still smiling. It amazed me. I don't think that has really ever happened to me. To walk in to an OB's office smiling and to walk out smiling. I wonder what that would feel like? Man this has to be the worst waiting room for an infertile...back to the paperwork and my favorite questions on every medical form..."How many pregnancies?"...4...."How many births?"...uh lets see uh 0000.

Finally, done they call me back to the office and I explain everything to the nurse. Back pain blah, blah, blah...something on right ovary blah, blah, blah...infertility treatments, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies. The nurse says " I am so sorry you have had to go through all that...Is it expensive?"...Yes (thinking please leave and don't ask me anymore). She did, thank God after Oh yea I forgot..."Are you pregnant?"...um did you not hear what I just said...infertile in the room. I say "No." She says "How do you know?" Well if the infertile thing did not clue you in then lets just say if there was one then it is long gone due to all levels of radiation, x-rays, mri's, CT scans. Not to mention the hundreds of pregnancy tests every dr wants to do...just in case I am that one person we all have heard that gets pregnant when they are not even "thinking" about it. (You know that happens all the time...I wish)

Anyway, finally she leaves I go do my "pregnancy" test. Which by the way was a fiasco in and of itself that I will tell some other time. So I come back to the room and I am sitting there alone and the tears come flooding out of nowhere. I'm thinking of the last time I sat in this room (or one similar) at this office. It was the only pregnancy that I got pregnant on my own and it was almost exactly 3 yrs ago (03/14/06). They referred me to my now RE and said we think this is an ectopic but it is in a weird place. We can't see very well with our machines you need to go to a specialist. You will not be able to HAVE THIS BABY. (this one is that implanted in my cervix) I look at the walls lined with baby announcements and thank you cards saying how wonderful they were and how beautiful their babies are and I WANT that to be me! I NEED that to be me!!!!

My doctor comes in and I explain everything to her. I tell her I usually have a million ultrasounds a month but I have been on break since July because that was my 4th loss and I needed to regroup. She grabs my hand and says, "I so understand what you are feeling! I have had 4 losses myself and I know how hard it is." I couldn't believe my ears a doctor who REALLY knows how I feel. You could see it in her eyes and the way she spoke...she did KNOW and she hurt too. I asked, "How do you work here?" (I was thinking, this has got to be the worst place to work for an infertile. I think I would go crazy. I can't even be in the room for 5 minutes without bawling my eyes out). She said it took her a while and a lot of soul searching and she did end up adopting 2 wonderful children. She said that she has tough days but for the most part it isn't bad. She even had my same RE. So needless to say I am going to make her my primary OB...if I ever need one again. Hopefully I will for a good reason. A reason for me to walk in the door smiling and leave smiling. That is my dream and I hope and pray it happens one day.





PS I have to go on Friday for an ultrasound with a better ultrasound. They said theirs doesn't show things very well. She said she can definitely feel something different on my right side and since I have been doing infertility treatments they want to make sure it is not ovari.an can.cer. She says she DOES NOT think it is and if it is it would be very early but they just want to make sure. So I have to wait again. I am still suppose to be scheduled for the pain specialist next week. Relief I am on my way....

11 comments:

Bottoms Off said...

Good luck! What a great doctor. Hang on to her.

'Murgdan' said...

I'm SURE your ultrasound will be found (wow--and US for a different reason). What an awesome doctor...I'd switch if I lived near you!

Melissa Griffin said...

OMG! Finally a doctor that can actually say she KNOWS how you feel!!! I am glad you found her...maybe that is all you need...Good Luck!

Kahla said...

((HUGS)) That Dr. definitely sounds like a keeper. Hoping you get some good news and relief soon. Keep us posted.

CJ said...

What an emotional day you had! I'm glad you found a nice doc, I hope you get to see her again very soon.

strongblonde said...

wow. that's so awesome that she's so good. i'm glad that you finally found someone that you can relate to!!!

i hope the US goes well. thinking lots about you.

xoxo

JamieD said...

I am so sorry for the day you had. I'll never forget going in for my follow-up appointment after my first D&C. I could hear my doc in the next room with a couple listening to their baby's heartbeat for teh first time. I sat on the table and sobbed.

How wonderful to have a doc who cana truly empathize with you. Worth her weight in gold.

Thinking of you . . .

battynurse said...

She sounds like a fantastic doctor. I hope that the u/s shows nothing of concern and that all is well.

Another Dreamer said...

What a great doctor. I am glad you had her for your appointment. Sorry you have to get another u/s though, hopefully there isn't anything seriously wrong :( Thinking of you hun. Big (*HUGS*)

ak_sapphire said...

the return visit is so extremely difficult. DH and i had to take a good friend along with us as a distraction. being in a room full of happy pregnant women who are completely oblivious to our painful reality is so hard.

i'm so glad you found a doctor that can really understand where you're coming from. that's so rare. good luck with the specialist u/s.

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