Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A fun new place to play!

I finally got around to getting over to Birth and Beyond today. I'd been wanting to go for a while to get another nursing bra but it's way on the other side of town, so I haven't been able to make it. Today, though, I got a bee in my bonnet, and off the girls and I went. Of course, they didn't have the bra in stock that I wanted, of course! grrr. I knew I should have called first. I was wearing Eloise in the Mei Tai and, interestingly, both of the women working there were asking me about it and looking at it. They even sell slings at Birth and Beyond, so I was suprised they hadn't encountered one like I was wearing. It made me feel pretty special :) I had the woman demonstrate a Moby Wrap for me, as I am intruged by wraps, but I don't currently own one. I had a Didymos a couple of years ago, but with my tendonitis it was so painful to try and wrap/tie that I ended up selling it. I really don't need another sling but my eyes get VERY wide when I see fancy new slings unlike ones that I already own.

After Birth and Beyond we walked down to a coffee shop I heard about buy never been to. It's called My Coffee House and it was very, very cool. Basically the whole place has toys and books and a train table and lots of stuff for kids to do. Some benches and tables for the parents and a great menu of bagels, soup, coffee, kid friendly food, etc. We had a great time! Iris played while I relaxed and ate lunch and Eloise slept in the sling. The owner was working at the register and I chatted with her a bit about opening up a business while her kids were so young. Melissa and I want to open a business, but I just think it will be a while before we're ready with all the small children we've got around!

In other news, I got a call from my friend Julia this morning. She was in the hospital and had gone in at night because of abdominal pain and ended up with emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy. I felt really, really bad for her. I knew she had wanted another baby, but her husband is adamantly against it. I thought it would be so hard to go through something like that. So, then tonight she calls again to tell me it turned out there was no ectopic pregnancy. Apparently the lab said her pregnancy test came back positive, but really it was negative. She had other symptoms that pointed towards an ectopic pregnancy so they just went ahead and did their surgery. So, now she had an unecessary surgery, thought she was pregnant and then it turns out that she was discharged but they don't really know why she was having the pain. That would be so hard to deal with. She has to recovery from surgery, now, as well. I was talking to Matt about it and he said that a similar thing happened to his co-worker. Her doctor thought she had an ectopic pregnancy and gave her drugs--twice--to terminate it. She ended up still pregnant after two rounds of drugs and it turns out she never had an ectopic pregnancy. It was a normal pregnancy, but she ended up having to terminate the pregnancy (for the final time!) because the drugs had messed the embryo up so badly. Could you imagine? Ugh. I would be so devastated.


  1. Oh my gosh! If I ever have an ectopic pregnancy I'll REFUSE to take drugs to terminate, now I know what you've shared about them being wrong and harming a precious baby.

  2. I obviously don't know that much about ectopic pregnancies (and when Julia reads this, maybe she can chime in) but I think once you start having symptoms of one, it's considered life-threatening, hence the need for emergency surgery. It is very scary to me that these, from my admittedly limited perspective, often are mis-diagnosed. It seems like the women faced with this wouldn't really have the chance to confirm if they were really facing an ectopic pregnancy or not, because the risk to not "taking care of it" are too great.

    Does anyone know anything else about this?

  3. The reason they thought I had an ectopic pregnancy was they did an ultrasound first to make sure I didn't have internal bleeding and to make sure my uterus was empty. So, it was obvious when the lab test said I was pregnant that it was ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy means the embryo is stuck in the fallopian tube and it is impossible to resolve itself and turn into a normal pregnancy and it is extremely life threatening. Left untreated, the embryo will grow until it ruptures the fallopian tube and the mother bleeds to death.

    No one should EVER treat an ectopic pregnancy without first doing an ultrasound to check to see if the uterus is empty. Anyone who is treated for one without first having an ultrasound should sue for malpractice cause it is horribly negligent and wrong.

    As for me, they wouldn't have thought I had an ectopic pregnancy if Dynacare hadn't given them wrong lab results. I'm so pissed at Dynacare.


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