Marie Chronicles -- Entry Five

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With the holidays, this week has been a crazy one. I went to see my OB on Friday. It was awful! My appointment was supposed to be at 9:15 and she didn't come into the room to see me until 10:45. Then, when she did come in, she didn't come near me, and sat in a chair and told me a bunch of things that I have a big problem with. She said that the only way she will allow me a vaginal delivery is if both babies are head down. I asked her about if the first baby is head down, but the second is breech or transverse. She said that would be a c-section. This REALLY bothered me. I know a few women who had twins in that position and delivered vaginally just fine, because the second twin moved after the first twin was born.

Then, she told me that even though my entire family has diabetes, and I am at risk for it, she wasn't going to test me any earlier for it. Well, this upset me greatly. I asked her about when the routine sonograms would start and she said 20 weeks, and then I will only get them monthly. Another big problem that came up was that the hospital we would be delivering at does not have a NICU. She didn't seem to think this would be a problem. Her exact words were, "If they have problems, we will ship them to another hospital." Now, I don't want to be stuck in a hospital for 2 to 5 days without my babies! By the time I got home from the appointment, I was so upset I was crying. I called Dave and we decided that I needed to find a better OB and a better hospital. My first two sons were born prematurely, and my oldest spent 12 days in the NICU. I was at risk for premature babies before we found out we are having twins. Twins are at an even higher risk. I don't feel comfortable delivering in a hospital that isn't equipped for problems.

So, I called my insurance company and they said it was no problem switching to a High Risk OB. I just had to make sure to call my old one and tell them of the switch so they could transfer my records. My next problem was finding a new OB. The only thing I could think to do was call the hospital where I wanted to deliver and ask the nurses in the neonatal and the labor and delivery units. The labor and delivery nurse told me about a female practice that was very good, and had delivered lots of sets of multiples. I called them, and sure enough, they accepted my insurance! I was so happy I was on cloud nine.

When the appointments lady asked which doctor I wanted to see, I had no clue! I told her I wasn't familiar with anyone in her practice that I was recommended to her by labor and delivery. She said that the senior partner in the practice had an opening on January 2nd. She said that given my history, it sounded like the head doctor there was my best bet. So, I took the appointment, and then asked to speak with Dr. Weihs' nurse. The nurse was very nice and talked to me for about 20 minutes. I asked her all my questions, and I got the answers I was looking for. She said that they would let me attempt a vaginal birth as long as the first baby was head down. I asked her about routine ultrasounds and she said, "Every time you are here." I thought I heard incorrectly! I said, "Every single time?" She said, "Yes, every single time." I thought that was really nice. I kept telling her thank you! I was so happy I decided to switch!

She said they would probably be doing my diabetes test early since my mother, uncle, aunt, and grandmother are all diabetic. When I told her that my current OB diagnosed me with Group B Strep she seemed concerned and said that they would do another culture to see how the antibiotics did with it. She also said that either way, they would medicate me with antibiotics during labor, just to be safe. When I told her about the progesterone supplements, she asked why I was on them and when I told her that my levels were only 12.5 at 5 weeks, she asked if they had rechecked them yet, and of course they haven't, so she said they would check that as well when I came in. They seem very competent and want to cover all the bases. I like this a lot!

I can't wait to meet her on January 2nd. Since I will be getting an ultrasound that day, Dave and I decided that it would be fun to ask both our moms to go to it so they can see the babies. Since I get so many ultrasounds, Dave doesn't mind missing this one. I feel so much better now. I was really upset on Friday. I couldn't believe that this doctor that I thought was wonderful was being so careless about twins! Not to mention sitting in the exam room for an hour and a half while I heard her take three different patients in the room next to me. That was just a little bit irritating.

As for me, I am doing pretty well. I've been really tired. The nausea isn't too bad. The holidays have run me down a lot. I seem to have so much to do and no energy to do it. It doesn't help that I STILL have my stupid cold! Although now, I think it is an allergy. The cedar and the pollen are really bad right now. I've been sneezing so much my poor nose is raw from tissues! I had to go buy those special tissues with the lotion in them (Laughs)! We opened up the house on Saturday because the weather was beautiful. It almost did me in! I sneezed for 20 minutes straight! Benadryl has been helping though. I just have to wait until nighttime to take it, because it knocks me out. So, I just suffer during the day, because Sudafed and all the other medication I'm allowed doesn't work. I am hoping that my new OB will give me some sort of prescription allergy medicine.

Well, that's about it. Once I see my new OB, I will have some new sonogram pictures, which will be very exciting. Since they will look much more like babies by then. I can't wait to see them again!