It's all uncharted territory at this point. I delivered L at 26 weeks and a 3 days, although we already knew that we had lost her. You all know I've been a bit stressed out the last few weeks as we got through the time period when everything fell apart with L... not that there is any correlation between that time period specifically and the likelihood of me clotting again, but it certainly existed in my head.
Writing or speaking about positive aspects of this pregnancy worries me because I fear jinxing everything, but I'm going to do it today in an effort to be optimistic and rational.
- I saw my vascular surgeon last week and had full ultrasounds on both legs and my stent (located in my IVC). My veins and blood flow look great and my stent is open and in place. Phew.
- I passed my glucose test last week with flying colors. Woo! I didn't really think it was that bad?! The drink didn't taste good, but I just drank it as quickly as possible and then went in for an ultrasound.
- My Anti XA level dropped to the border between therapeutic and prophylactic. I have to stay comfortably in a therapeutic range, so I am bumping up dosages again. My high-risk OB manages this and reminds me that this is normal as blood flow increases from pregnancy and I gain weight, but my regular OB also told me she has never had a patient on as much Lovenox as I am on (100 mg, 2x day). It worries me a little bit, but I try not to think about it (and I do look forward to the day when I no longer have to take blood thinners).
- Babies measurements are all back on track and comfortably around the 50th percentile.
In non-medical good news, my in-laws visited last week and are now gone (their visits stress me out quite a bit), and I spent last weekend with my college roommates, which was just wonderful. We see each other once a year and getting to catch up and talk about life and just have fun together is a highlight of every year. I also have one last work trip this week and then will officially be done traveling.
So... the third trimester is just a few days away, which I can hardly believe, and I have allowed myself several moments of thinking that things might just be different this time. It terrifies me to have these thoughts, but every night when this baby kicks away and each week that I creep closer to being full-term, I hope and pray and sometimes allow myself to believe that things will be different. We'll see.
I had an ultrasound yesterday and have to share this 3D face image that I just love. Holy baby! My husband says she has my nose!
Oh, and one funny thing that happened last week. I traveled to San Diego for work and when I was waiting in the security line in San Diego, a TSA agent offered me a WHEELCHAIR. He was very sweet and wanted to be sure I was okay, but I got all flustered - How bad do I look if apparently I appear to need a wheelchair? Do I look like I need a wheelchair? I'm still running - I hope I look like I can survive a security line. Anyway, it cracked me up and I kindly declined his offer.