This past week has been just a little annoying for me. I mean that. Just a little. I had a lovely Christmas and didn’t even have to leave my house! I ate good food, received many wonderful, thoughtful gifts and even slept in a few times!
But then there is my OB/GYN practice. I had a scheduled appointment on Monday which I attended and met the one doctor I hadn’t yet and he proceeded to examine my cervix. He told me that I was still not dilated but that I’m softening and rotating forward. To which I thought, “How would you know? This our first ‘introduction’” but I kept that to myself. This guy was/is very nice and the irritation I have with my practice has nothing to do with him, let me just say that before I go on. Anyway, he tells me I must come back on Friday and have a non-stress test (NST) and again on Tuesday for an exam and NST and that in the mean time, he has to go to the hospital so he’ll look for a date to schedule an induction. Just in case. I work with several doctors and I know they are busy people so I had no confidence that this man would remember to do that. I didn’t call him on it though because I was already about to lose my shit about my stupid cervix and just took my paper to the SUPER nice appointment scheduler. She was busy making copies and one of the receptionists offered to help me out instead. She took a look at my paper and said, “I don’t do NST’s, Sheila.” So Sheila comes over and looks at my paper, types in some information and says to me, “Ain’t nobody here on Friday.” I looked at her with my, “ok, I didn’t ask for this” face and waited for her to make a suggestion while the receptionist went to find my doc. Sheila proceeded to schedule me for my appointments on Tuesday while I fought back my tears enough to say, “If I can’t come in on Friday, can’t I come in on Monday instead of waiting until Tuesday?” Sheila was having none of my suggestions and continued to do what she was doing. Doctor comes around the corner and beckons Hoagey and I into an exam room and says, “We’re going to have to work the system a little,” and devises a scheme wherein we go to the HOSPITAL on Friday since there will be no one in the OFFICE even though the 26th of December is not a HOLIDAY (Nor is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when I also needed an appointment and had to wait until the following week even though I was supposed to be seeing them weekly at that point but I digress).
So Hoagey and I went to the hospital on Friday morning and told them we hadn’t feel the baby move which is what the doctor told us to do. This wasn’t exactly a lie since I hadn’t really try to feel the baby move that morning and just the day before I had to basically play my belly like a tom-tom to get some movement going. But anyway, they took us right in as there was 7 nurses waiting at the nurses station for something to do and did the NST and a very nice resident came and gave me the most painful exam I’d ever had done. Something called Stripping of Membranes. She deduced that due to the total lack of movement, the fact that I was 40 weeks + 6 days pregnant and that my baby was “not small” as she put it (sigh), my doctor would almost certainly opt for induction asap. I didn’t know what to say as at least 1/3 of her information was not exactly ‘true.’ But my doctor came in moments later, confirmed that I was just doing what I was told and then told me that he had scheduled me for induction on Tuesday. I was very shocked and relieved because a) he remembered to schedule me and b) I could stop lying about something that I didn’t exactly want any bad karma for, ya know?! After they checked the amniotic fluid via ultrasound, the baby was moving so much it was visible from space and it was obvious the jig was up.
Well it’s Sunday and I haven’t had any noticeable contractions since my practice labor. Stiiiiiilll pregnant. And good news, we hung up some stuff in the Nursery! Still not finished but we’re like, so close!
All that’s left is the fan and some shelves. And of course the baby.