Good Gravy. Is the world going mad?
So, after reading your replies about the Rhogam shot, I call about 10:00 today. The nurse checks my chart. Yep, no shot. Asks the doc. she comes back and asks if I can come in today, "as soon as convienent". I tell her I have an appt on Monday anyway, can it wait until then? "NO, It REALLY needs to be today, otherwise it could be bad for the baby."
WTH!?!?!?!? I am 6 weeks late for this shot, but it can't wait three more days?
So I go get the shot. I ask the nurse if there are any reprecussions about getting the shot six weeks late. she says, no, as long as you get it "before" (using her fingers as quotes) birth. So I ask why I could not wait until Monday. She says "Well, I'm not going to lie to you, I am not sure the doctor knew you had an appt on Monday, and she just wanted you to get it asap." Hmmm...... I am going to do som research about it today....
These people had better hope there is not a problem with this kid, or a future kid (if there is one) because of this!!!! I am so annoyed! Thank GOD there was not trauma/ bleeding when I fell down the stairs on Tuesday!
I know as long as the blood does not mix, or she is also Rh-, there is no issue, but you know? I am overreacting, right? I mean the chances of something going wrong are slim....
Taken from Rhogam website...
"What if my baby has inherited my Rh-negative blood? Before birth, the baby’s Rh blood type can only be determined through invasive procedures (like amniocentesis). It is safer to assume that the baby is Rh-positive and administer RhoGAM® Ultra-Filtered PLUS during pregnancy. If your baby is determined to be Rh-negative at birth, you do not need an additional dose of RhoGAM® Brand."
So if DD is also Rh-, theoretically, I have not built up antibodies, right?
"When will I receive RhoGAM® Ultra-Filtered PLUS? An Rh-negative mother is most likely to be exposed to her baby’s blood during the last three months of pregnancy and at delivery. Therefore, your doctor will likely prescribe at least one dose of RhoGAM® Ultra-Filtered PLUS at around 28 weeks of pregnancy, and a second dose will be given for added protection within 72 hours after delivery if the baby is found to be Rh-positive. You should also receive RhoGAM® Brand after abdominal trauma or immediately after an invasive procedure is performed (such as amniocentesis) and then every 12 weeks thereafter."
And then when I was the doc Tuesday because I fell down the stairs, they should have checked? If there was no external bleeding or signs of blood, is it possible there was internal bleeding we did not see??
I *think* if your DD is Rh negative then you should not have been exposed to the antibodies.
The shot, I hope I am correct in saying this, prevents you from developing antibodies (should baby you are carrying now be Rh positive) that would affect subsequent pregnancies.
I personally would be livid for their lack of paying attention. I don't think it will have any affect on the baby you are carrying now. It would be any additional pregnancies you may have that you'd have to worry about.
wow. Not cool. Just another example of why we really have to be our own advocates!
DH Mike 2/10/01
DS Caleb 11/19/05
DS Jonah 11/25/11
Wow, that's a major error on their part!!! I would be very, very upset. I don't totally understand it, but I believe that if your baby is RH negative, you have nothing to worry about. I do think they should have checked you after your fall. However, my guess would be that if you had internal bleeding, you would know by now?? Hopefully someone else with more knowledge will post! Or can you go and demand an u/s? It's the least they could do, considering their mistake here!!! Take care and try not to worry too much (as hard as that is, I know!)
Yea, I don't know much about this Rh thing, but it sounds like your doctor's office is full of a bunch of incompetant people!!
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I *think* it has more to do with subsequent pregnancies, but the whole Rh thing still kind of confuses me, so I'm not really sure. If I were you I'd be so pissed at the doctors office for missing that. That's a pretty big oversight on their part. My ob's office was kind of like yours though...when I had my m/c last year, they called me after they got my bloodwork back saying I was Rh negative and were like "You need to come in today." I had an appt in like 4 days but they insisted I come in that day to get the shot.