I’ve been very lucky to have a relatively drama-free pregnancy so far. I just had a couple days worth of worry though. Monday afternoon, Dr. Kwak-Kim’s nurse called with my immune panel results. I wasn’t expecting them back so fast. The news wasn’t good, and Dr. KK was concerned. My Natural Kills Cells are quite elevated, as well as my Cytokines. These labs indicate a high level of inflammation in my body, which can sometimes lead to miscarriage. It all has to do with my autoimmune disorder and my body attacking itself (and the baby). I’m praying a couple bad lab results don’t amount to anything, but of course I am concerned.
Dr. KK increased my Prednisone (steroids) and will re-check those 2 labs in 2 weeks. All we can do is hope for the best. I’m sure there would be more changes if they are still high at my next check. One step at a time. I was shocked and upset at first. I thought my medications were helping calm the immune response. It’s so disappointing to have my body betray me so often. I’m worried about my baby spot. I just can’t come this far and lose my baby now. I’m trying to stay positive though. Immune issues are NOT the end all, be all. If they were, I wouldn’t even be pregnant. Worrying will not change the outcome. I’m so glad we now know what’s going on, so we can hopefully fix it.
So then Tuesday, I had my mind made up that I was getting an ultrasound that day. I didn’t have one last week, Dr. Kwak-Kim had just reiterated the day before that I need to have them every week (still), and I needed to do it for my own peace of mind. I was pretty sure they wouldn’t do one at my first OB appointment this coming Thursday. I called my old RE’s office Tuesday morning, sure that they would help me out. BUT NO. They said they would only see me if I was having symptoms of a miscarriage. I cried on the phone because I was frustrated, surprised, and already emotional about my test results. I thought it was pretty crappy of them not to see me considering my history and diagnoses, plus Dr. KK’s orders. I felt brushed off, which is never a nice feeling.
Anyway, I am much closer to sorting things out – ultrasound-wise. I called my new OB’s office yesterday afternoon and spoke with the nurse. She said I am NOT scheduled for an ultrasound this Thursday. I figured that was the case. I then explained my issues and told her about my immunologist, and I said I could have Dr. KK fax an order if that would help. She wouldn’t give me a definite answer, but she said to go ahead and have her fax an order and that my OB would do an ultrasound if she thought it was needed. I had trouble in the past finding a doctor to work with Dr. KK. Why must they make it so difficult?! I feel like this will be all settled soon, but if not, I will find a new doctor. I really need some reasurrance tomorrow at my appointment after all this crap.
Other than that, I’m doing very well & I have no complaints. My symptoms are still barely there – or I’m not bothered by them anyway. I sure pee a lot these days! I’m soooo happy and grateful everyday. I cannot believe I am 10 weeks – double digits!! A friend sent me her doppler, but I haven’t been able to locate the heartbeat yet. I can’t wait until I can hear it at home. 🙂 Once I get through tomorrow and have my appointment, I will feel a lot better. I feel pretty calm, and logically I know everything is probably okay – it’s just emotionally I feel on edge.
I will post my belly pic probably tomorrow and also a GOOD update from my appointment (hopefully)! It is at 1:30pm EST Thursday.
Spot is a prune this week! 🙂 “Now, he/she’s about 1.2 inches long and weighs about .14 ounces. His/Her body length will almost double in the next three weeks.”
- Baby has working arm joints, and his/her cartilage and bones are forming.
- His/Her vital organs are fully developed and they’re starting to function.
- His/Her fingernails and hair are starting to appear, too.
- Plus, he/she’s swallowing and kicking in there. (Can you believe it?!)