Tests & Shots!

I’d wish you a happy Independence Day, but the 4th of July is my least favorite holiday, so let’s move on.

catgivebloodWent in last Saturday for a round of testing. Had blood drawn for:

  • Thyroid tests: TSH, free T4, free T3. The latter my doctor has never tested for before and snuck in the order for it after I’d left the office on Friday, even though I’d previously told him I didn’t want him sneaking in any tests without informing me first. WHY THAT LITTLE… No, I’m not really mad, it just made me roll my eyes. He didn’t want to test my free T3 when I suggested it in January, so I’m wondering what made him change his mind. Anyways, this all came back normal, and my TSH is now 2.029, the lowest its been since we began testing (and down from 12.573 in January!).
  • 1-Hour Glucose Challenge Test: That drink was NASTY. It tasted like melted orange popsicles with an extra cup of sugar mixed in for bad measure. The good news is that I passed, so I’m in the clear on gestational diabetes and I don’t have to drink another one of those abominable concoctions.
  • CBC: So, here’s the part where I was unpleasantly surprised to learn that my hematocrit, hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and mchc were all a little on the low side. According to Dr. Google, that means I’ve become mildly anemic, probably due to iron deficiency. I got one of the residents at the clinic on the phone (hot doctor is out of town again) and he concurred. Guess it might not just be normal 3rd trimester fatigue that I’ve been experiencing lately. I think I have found the culprit and how to fix it though, which I will talk about in my next post.

Went in on Tuesday for my RhoGAM screen and injection. Had to have my blood drawn (again) and then wait an hour for them to prepare the shot. The nurse surprised me by saying she was going to do the shot in my arm, not around my butt/hip, which is what they did in my first pregnancy and at my 15.5-week amniocentesis. HOLY HELLS THAT SHOT HURT!!!! I barely felt it when I had it in my butt/hip! It was only after the nurse did the shot that she informed me that RhoGAM requires a bigger needle than a regular shot, so it hurts more, and I barely felt it when they did it in the butt/hip because I have more padding there. So why can’t we just keep doing the shot there then??? No, really, if it will hurt less, I’d rather have it in the ass, thanks! (Yes, I am aware of how awful that sentence could sound in certain other contexts, thank you very much…)

There there, child. I know exactly how you feel!

I know exactly how you feel…

How petty would it be for me to pray that Ivytine comes out Rh-negative so that I don’t have to do another one of these bloody shots?

Anyways, unless complications arise, I should be all done with prenatal testing and shots until we do the swab for group B strep at 37 weeks. Whew!

Categories: Hot Doctor, Prenatal Care, Third Trimester Symptoms, Thyroid Disease & Pregnancy | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Tests & Shots!

  1. Magree

    I hate RhoGam shots too. And mine hurt when they’re in the hip/butt. Don’t want it in the arm ever! Poor girl. Totally understand the wish for not having to have another one, though it’s yet to come true for me. Maybe you’ll have more luck.

  2. As I understand it, your husband has to have a recessive negative (-) factor in order for there to be any chance of your children being Rh-. If S. is (+ +), then your children will always be positive. If my husband is (+ +), then I don’t have a chance, either. But if he’s (+ -), then there’s a chance.

    That could be why you’ve had 4 children and none have been negative yet.

  3. I asked my in-laws about the (-) factor. Both of DH’s parents are Rh+, and none of their 5 children came out Rh-. DH’s identical twin brother has had 4 children, and none of them came out Rh-.

    It’s still possible that DH could have a recessive (-) factor, but I’m thinking I’m probably going to be stuck with all Rh+ babies. Sad. More shots for me I guess.

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