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 We went to the last of three group meetings for first time expectant parents today. The meetings has been good, and it's nice to meet other people in the same situation, but at the same time we've both had a bit of trouble connecting with the other parents cause we're so much younger than they are, and quite a few of them seem to have quite swanky jobs :/ Afterwards we had a health/growth check with the same midwife who held the meetings (who is also 100% convinced that every single one of the mothers are going to rip during birth. She's also retiring next month) and my blood pressure was too high, 150/85. So, extra check-up again on friday.

We had lunch with hubby's father, they're working on a project together, and then I went on to go buy a foam bed for the changing table and a breast pump. And I'm fucking furious. I went a long way to meet up, and then the woman selling the things hurries us both by parking in a way that obstructs traffic, so I didn't really get a chance to look everything through properly and when I get home I notice that the fucking pump is dirty,  broken and an much older model than what she'd claimed Ò_Ó it works but you can't adjust the sucking strength...
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 I've been buying baby clothes second hand. They're barely used since they'll likely only fit for about a month, and at a third or less of retail price. So, very pleased with that. And a nursing table, which looks huge in our tiny bathroom :| but we (or I at least) also want to try EC - elimination communication, to reduce diaper use. For the baby's sake since it lessens risk for rashes, and for our own economy's sake and for the environments' sake.
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 We had another ultra sound scan today, as part of a study. Wriggle is growing well but a little behind in expected size, -14,7%, but it's still within normal parameters so no need to check further as it is still growing bigger at a steady rate.

Meanwhile mum here has gained ca 15 kg so far from being pregnant! Sigh... 
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 Couldn't say good bye to my closest friend at work cause she was home sick :(

I brought vanilla buns I'd baked this weekend, and I thought, maybe, okay I'd hoped, I would get some kind of gift from my co-workers, like a  baby onesie or something, but no ;-;

Bye bye!

;-;

Apr. 7th, 2016 16:01
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 This has not been a good week so far, much more pelvic pain than usual, ugh ;-;

Little wriggle, I think I already love you, but I do not appreciate what carrying you does to my body -.-'
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I have a cold (again) and every time I cough, which is often, my womb cramps up. I know overall that the cramping threshold is much lower when pregnant but apparently this also translates into a much greater risk of coughing hard enough to retch. Haven't actually thrown up yet, buuuut, I figure it's just a question of time.

But little wriggle is bouncy and active so I'm not worried for that at least!
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 Two mornings in a row now I woken up because my dearest little wriggle is Kicking. My. Bladder. With real determination too, going *DUNK*. *DUNK*. *DUNK*. It tickles horribly and is impossible to ignore, so up I waddle to pee too remove that oh so tempting (apparently) target. -.-'
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Went to see a doctor at the maternal care clinic again and she prescribed 50 % sick leave because of my pain and exhaustion in combination with my very physical work. It is such a relief.
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Wriggle is playing roller coaster inside (<3<3<3) and Kiyo (back to pinkies) ate all on her own again!

<3

Jan. 4th, 2016 17:46
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Little wriggle is living up to it's name and proving to be a very active lil thing ~<3
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I had painful contractions this morning simply from having an filled to bursting (yeah, haha!) bladder. I had trouble actually getting out of bed because of the pain but as soon as I'd peed it was miraculously gone... Thanks dear womb... -.-
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So I went to a doctor at the maternity care clinic where I'm listed today about my pelvic and back pain. He did confirm my diagnosis, but did not paint a bright future for me. Basically, what he said was: go see a physiotherapist (you probably won't need a referral), and it's going to get worse, you might have to take sick leave later on, thank you and good bye.

Yeah thanks... The physiotherapist clinic at the hospital where I work does need a referral and the clinic I did manage to find a time slot at isn't for another three weeks -.- I prefer being a practitioner to a patient in health care.

But when I told my boss about the SPD-diagnosis she immediately told me I should only do surgery where I could sit down (so basically only robotic) and that I wouldn't have to work any more evening or weekend shifts other than those left on this schedule period. Sweet, sweet relief. I've been seriously worried about passing out a few times already when forced to stand, and I can usually only manage it for about 15 minutes when sterile. Which you know, isn't that good should something unexpected occur and we have to work fast and effective. So. Good!

But in super good news!! Today is 16 weeks precisely and I could feel my little wriggle move inside me~<3<3<3

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The SPD has gotten worse, and even more of my pelvis is hurting now. Joy...

But! Baby ball has got a name finally :D Kiyo-hime, just Kiyo for short. After this lady :3

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I threw up in the middle of lunch at work today -__________- urkkkk... I made it to the trash can in time, but uuugggghhh, fucking embarrassing...

In other news baby ball (who still doesn't have a name yet), is refusing to eat. We've had her for almost 7 weeks now, and have been trying a number of different ways to entice her but no success. It looks like she doesn't even understand that the pinkies are food :(
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We went for an ultra sound scan today!! Oh my god it was amazing to finally se our little baby! And it was wriggling about so much, waving it's little arms and legs and stretching and aaaaahhhhhh~ I'm in love already <3<3<3
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I threw up this morning. It was almost a relief, because the nausea went away for a moment, but I don't want to do it again :(
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At work at least. I was scheduled to do a central venous catheter today. It's a rather quick and easy, but there's some x-ray at the end so I told the nurse who was guidning me today that I'd be stepping out while they did the x-raying. Ah, jeez, the look on her face!

Nurse: "Oh! Really! Is that the way of things then?", meaningful look at my stomach, "Congratulations!! ^-^"
Me: "Yes...Thaaanks ^^;;"

I suspect it will slowly trickle out now...
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Went to an opening weekend of a new mall today with my mum. Only we arrived two hours early because they'd posted inaccurate information on their website. Thanks a lot... =_= We took a very long walk around a nearby lake instead.

Found a new winter coat for 20% off so I was very pleased. Less pleased with the fact that I've had, self-diagnosed, SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) for a few weeks now. It makes walking, standning and moving painful. So we've been up walking all day and I've gotten gradually slower and moving at more of a waddle as the day went on because of the pain in my back and pelvis, and I am apparently worrying my mum and dad with it. Hubby and I've decided not to tell family and friends about the pregnancy until week 12 at least, so they'll have to worry a bit longer :(

Ecmo

Nov. 10th, 2015 20:06
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Another busy day. Got to take over from the night shift nurses first thing on a left-side hemicolectomy. It was an old woman who'd had a diverticulum rupture rather unexpectedly.

Next up was decanulizing an ECMO-patient (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) who's lungs were finally recovered enough to actually oxygenize again. She'd had a rather bad turn of some kind of influenza I think. I was very nervous. Already kind of tired, not a fan of vascular surgery in general and never having done anything with ECMO before, but the ECMO-surgeon was so nice and patient! Wow! Not used to that kind of sunny disposition from any kind of surgeon O_O

Last for the day was changing a VacPac on an open abdomen. It was not a pretty sight. We couldn't actually make out individual loops of the intestines because they were so covered in fibrinogen. At first the surgeons'd had an idea of maybe being able to close it all up today buuuut, that wasn't possible, still to much swelling of the tissues.

And in a somewhat related rant, why has no one mentioned that you get so bloody knackered being pregnant?!? Like, sure I get it when your nearing the due date, but this is early yet and I'm having trouble standing around in sterile garb, I sleep the entire way to and from work, no energy to do anything anymore. It is apparently not uncommon and yet I had no idea whatsoever ò_ó

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 I am conflicted. Because I'm cold so I wanna burrow in bed with hubby, but I'm excruciatingly hungry so I wanna go up and eat breakfast, but I am also nauseous and the thought of eating makes me wanna hurl. But hungry... !!!

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