Friday, December 31, 2010

it has been a while since i last posted. a lot has been going on and every time i sit down to write it all up i get impatient with the length of it and abandon the task altogether.

so, a summary:

-went to the ER with the worst migraine of my life and no peripheral vision in my left eye. turned out to be an "atypical ocular migraine" and i was sent home with a prescription for vicodin that i never filled.
-the hunt for a place to live in orlando is ongoing. we found a really lovely little apartment that we could afford but it doesn't look like we're going to get it due to andy's best buy transfer not being complete. sigh.
-christmas was nice and, overall, uneventful.

yesterday at 1pm was anatomy scan attempt 2. it went much better than attempt 1. the sonographer was a bit friendlier, took lots of measurements and photos, and confirmed that we are indeed having a boy. after waiting to see the midwife for nearly an hour she greeted us with "so what's going on with baby's kidneys?"

um, excuse me? we were not aware that anything was going on with his kidneys.

apparently the sonographer thought that she spotted fluid around- or in, or on, i honestly don't even know- the baby's kidneys, and there was also something mentioned about dilation. now this all may seem imprecise, but this is literally the extent of the information that we were able to glean from the midwife. (eta: his kidneys were mildly dilated.) she had no idea that the sonographer hadn't mentioned this to us, nor did she know what any of it implied. which was incredibly frustrating, because obviously we had no fucking clue what it implied either.

we were hurried out- i barely had time to tell her about my trip to the ER, let alone ask any questions like i should have the opportunity to do at my monthly doctor's appointment- and sent up to the front desk to schedule my next appointment, as well as an appointment at tampa general for a level 2 ultrasound. apparently pasco county is completely devoid of decent ultrasound machines and perinatologists. the midwife went off to find some kind of literature for me but returned empty handed, stating that she didn't want to freak me out.

i was not freaking out before that.

at this point it was nearly 2:30 and i was meant work 3-9. i thought that i was holding myself together fairly well until, right after arriving at work, my supervisor asked if i was alright and i immediately started bawling. i hid in the women's room for half an hour and then went home.

anyway, the internet has since told me that this kidney issue is common in boys and usually resolves itself by birth, so i'm feeling pretty reassured. the midwife probably should have just told me these things in the first place, but apparently she thinks i'm a moron.

beyond these events, we also had to deal with several thousand dollars worth of stolen electronics (not ours, but i don't want to go too much into it) & the investigation that went along with it, and the madhouse that was our apartment building following the death of one of our neighbors.

it was a very eventful day.

sorry about the gross mirror.

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