Friday, February 27, 2009

Doctor Drama...

Yesterday I had yet another prenatal appointment. They are every 2 weeks right now. It's sad that I see my doctor more frequently than I see my friends!

Anyway, up to this point my appointments have been very routine. Sign in, pee in the cup, step on the scale, check my blood pressure, listen to the baby's heartbeat, measure my growth, and then I'm out the door. This is what I was expecting yesterday. My doctor had other plans...

Apparently, near the end of pregnancy, women have to be tested for Group B Strep infection. And I guess my doctor figured that while she was down there, she might as well check my cervix to see if I had started dilating yet. I haven't, which is good since I still have a few weeks until I'm considered full term.

I do understand that near the end of the pregnancy, that there are routine checks down there, but I wasn't prepared for it to happen yesterday - and I figured the strep test was just like every other - in the the throat! It's never fun to go to your doctor and unexpectedly be told to drop your drawers... Especially when you can't see below your belly button and didn't have adequate notice for any type of maintenance. For the other preggos due after me, be forewarned - keep on top of the maintenance!! I know the doctors don't care, and they've seen it all, but still... I would have felt better if I had been given some time to prepare!

So after my poking and prodding, I treated myself to lunch at Queenie's (complete with Banana Caramel Cake for dessert! Yum!!) and headed back to work. I did my best to not think about the appointment and just look forward to the next one. And I was doing pretty good on that until this morning when my doctor's office called. There were some white cells in my urine so they sent it to the lab to be checked. And now they needed me to give them a pharmacy to call in a prescription for my UTI... That's right... I have a UTI. What?!?!? I have NEVER had any issues like this, but apparently its more common in pregnancy. So off I go to get my antibiotics. I picked them up right after lunch and went ahead and took one since they are supposed to be taken with food. About an hour later, I get ANOTHER phone call from the doctor's office. Stop taking those antibiotics, we're calling in a new one. My Group B Strep came back positive! Good grief! I'm glad they caught both now before they caused any problems, but seriously... can't we just have one problem per day????

7 comments:

coco bean a.k.a. lisa said...

you poor thing!! i feel so bad for you. i hope you feel better soon!

Bobby said...

Wow! I'm glad I'm a guy.

Sandra said...

sounds like you have a good thorough doc....hope it all works out alright

TATUR Dave said...

Wow, never thought about strep throat down there!

Get well before delivery.

Casey said...

Your hilarous. Thanks for the forewarning. Gosh... dropping the drawers without fare warning is SO NOT COOL. I am so there with you on that one. I am praying for you that you heal quickly and are feeling alright. Take care of yourself, remember that k!

Candice said...

Thanks everyone! They caught the UTI so early that I didn't even know I had it - and the strep b doesn't have any symtpoms for the mommy - it's just part of my normal bacteria. I will just have to be on antibiotics during delivery to make sure it doesn't get passed to the baby, because it can cause meningitis, septis, and pneumonia for the baby. Yuck! It's a pretty normal thing, though, and I know at least 2 other friends who have had it with no problems.

Now if I could just keep my husband from sharing his cold germs with me, I'd be great!

~g~ said...

Wow, sounds like quite a day! Stock up on cranberry juice and yogurt. Cranberry helps with the UTI and the pro-biotics in yogurt will keep the antibiotics from causing yet another not so fun infection...

I've got the strep test next week :(