15 September 2006

Surviving

First to those who inquired, things are fine here, I was just far too busy (and sleep deprived) to post since last week! I had a doctor's appointment a few days ago, which was tramatic. Not because there is anything wrong with the baby, but due to the lack of information being shared by the medical staff. I arrived, had the usual weigh-in, blood pressure, pee in a cup tests, then they listened to the baby's heartbeat (for literally seconds only!), then I was taken into another room for a colpscopy (where they take a sample from your cervix), which I was unprepared for before being given "ok, we'll see you again in a month!" What? That's it? Nothing to check on my pregnancy? I was then sent across the hall to the lab for blood work I'd not been informed of. (It seems because of my age they do a blood test to check on the baby's health, but I didn't have a clue what was happening!) Yeah, pregnancy hormones made me start crying and demanding to know what was going on! I now have my Level 2 ultrasound scheduled for the 29th which will check for any birth defects, Downs, etc. (again due to my over 35 status) and hopefully (please, please, please!) tell us if we're having a boy or a girl! So now we wait, and in the meantime hubby is heavy into rehearsals for "Pride & Prejudice", which leaves the kidlet & I at home most evenings to play games & watch tv.

So last night she & I revived our old tradition of watching "Survivor" together. This was our standing Thursday night ritual for a few years, but then the show became dull & life took over. But this new season seems fresh and exciting again, and we were totally sucked in. The "social experiment" of dividing 4 teams by race creates controversey for the viewer, as it really didn't seem to effect the players. I'm a firm believer that stereotypes only prevail if you allow them to. If you don't want to be labelled by a stereotype, don't play into it. And in the end the competition becomes one on one, not race against race. As a comedian (I can't recall who) once said "I don't hate people because of their race, it so much easier to hate them on an individual basis". The tribe has spoken.

3 comments:

angela said...

I remember having appointments like that. Where I thought "I can't believe I had to come here for THAT".

I'm excited for you for the ultrasound though. Hope you find out what you want to know.

Glad that you resurfaced...I really had thoughts that something had happened...

Fin said...

Missy -
They're likely also doing the bloodwork to check you out for gestational diabetes... it's more common amongst (get this) "geriatric mothers" (which in this country is anyone over 35)... take heart, in the UK, they consider anyone over 26 to be in that category!

I understand your being angry at not being told what to expect... it really doesn't say much for your Obstetricians office (if not the doctor himself) as you should have been advised of each test well before it happens - - as well as what it's meant to tell you and the doctor - - and talked through each as it is happening. Really, you should exercise some of your 'hormonal harrumph' and explain to the staff at your OB's office that you would like to know what to expect moving forward.

I'm glad to hear that you're doing well...

amy said...

YOu dont know me but I saw you on the blogroll for TT and thought I would say hello. My hubby and I watch Survivor together as well. I dont know about this season, I thinkI am going for the ASians this year. I dont know... Hope you have a good day and that your next appt is happier