I am exhausted. I left the house this morning at 9:15am, drove 1.5 hours to the doctor, was there for four appointments and then drove another 1.5 hours, arriving home at 5:30pm. And I have to do this twice next week, once on Tuesday for several appointments for Nora, and then again on Thursday for several more appointments for me. And all without Eric. Ugh. I keep telling friends I will come see them on the weekends, but I’m just too worn out. And add to that the fact that I’m getting an average of four hours of sleep a night. Not enough, between Nora waking due to teething and me just not being able to sleep lately.
So a recap of today… Tomorrow I will be 29 weeks, a new milestone for me, as Nora was born on 29w0d.
- OB Check-up – My doctor still wants to keep seeing me weekly, so another check today to see how I was doing. We chatted a little about my gestational diabetes diagnosis, but we left most of my questions for the dietitian. We listened to baby’s heartbeat, which was around 130-140 bpm, she moves constantly, so hard to get a good reading. My OB measured my tummy again… Last week I was measuring two weeks ahead, today I was measuring three weeks ahead, so she wanted to get a growth scan to make sure all was on track, especially with the GD. Oh, and she checked my cervix also, last week I was just a fingertip dilated and cervix was 50% effaced. Today I’m just a tad bit more dilated, but still less than 1cm and still 50% effaced, so she was happy. I’m still having lots of tightening, but baby is still inside, so we’re counting this a win for another week.
- Growth Scan – I got lots of cute pictures of baby, posted below, and happy to report she is measuring perfectly, head and femur were 28w5d and they estimate her weight to be about 3 lbs., so just a tad larger than Nora was born weighing. Also, fluid around baby is good, apparently GD can cause extra fluid, but not the case right now for me.
- Nurse Teaching – This was really pointless as Eric had already walked me through how to use the glucose monitor, and really, if you can read, the directions that came with it are pretty good. I’ve been using the monitor for the past several days, so really no need to review this. The nurse did give me another Makena injection though. I’m still saving the two doses we have at home, as I assume it will still take another two weeks or more to get our new insurance to approve the drug and have it shipped to me. More on insurance below 😉
- Diabetic Teaching w/ Dietitian – This was a really good visit, the woman I met with was super helpful and answered a ton of my questions. She laid out a sample meal plan, went over what’s good and not so good for eating, and reviewed when I need to check blood sugar levels and what they should be. This probably deserves its own post, so I’ll make some time tomorrow to tell you all more about that!
Our insurance still isn’t figured out, basically we just aren’t in their system yet, even though our coverage is active, therefore I can’t get the information I need to give my doctor’s office or pharmacy. In their eyes I’m uninsured. And OMG, my doctor’s office is having a COMPLETE FIT. My four appointments today, you check in and out of each, and at each check-in and check-out, so eight times, I was asked about my insurance, even though all of them said they would add notes to the system, that I should have the data soon. Oh, and my doctor’s office called me yesterday to remind me I had an appointment but no insurance listed in the system. And then, while I was meeting with the dietitian, she got a page that I was to go see a financial counselor before I left the office. UGH. He was like, so you know if you don’t pay in 120 days we send the balance to a collection agency. So I was like, can I just pay cash for whatever our balance is right now, which would only be from my appointments last week and this week. He was like, well, there isn’t a balance yet, billing period isn’t over yet, so nothing to pay. I wanted to scream, then why did I have to talk to you??? I seriously feel harassed… No really. It was that bad.
Okay, I have lots more to say, but honestly, I’m just too tired. More tomorrow, if Nora naps!