Two of my sisters are teachers in North Carolina, and they had the same spring break as me. They drove up Wednesday, after a couple of days of uncertainty due to Kathleen's eight month old's teething, which had caused some congestion and vomiting. Until we were certain it was teething and not something contagious, we weren't sure if they'd be able to come. Fortunately, it was just his teeth, and he was far less miserable once he had a little Tylenol and Orajel.
I had my OB checkup and my
oncology appointment Wednesday afternoon, so I spent the morning getting
the house put together. Kevin left work early and came home to help
finish up before the appointments. The OB appointment was fine; he isn't
concerned that I haven't gained any weight, since my appetite is
definitely strong and I'm eating plenty. I'll be induced at 39 weeks,
since he's concerned about the baby's size due to my gestational diabetes
(which continues to be well controlled, even with the stress and the
steroids). As long as the baby isn't too big, I'll be induced rather
than scheduled for a C-section, which would definitely be better in
light of everything else going on.
At my next appointment, on the
13th, I'll get the RhoGAM shot since Kevin's blood type isn't compatible
with mine and it's possible the baby's won't be either. I had the shot about a
year ago, after we learned I was going to miscarry, and while it hurt a
bit, it wasn't bad.
Much more exciting than a shot, we'll have
another sonogram at that appointment. This one is to measure the baby's
growth, but they'll also be looking closely at the baby's cleft to try
to get a better idea of the severity of it. We won't be able to rule out
a cleft palate until the baby is born, though they could rule it in if
they are able to get the right view. We're praying for cleft lip only,
as that will require far less intervention than a cleft lip and palate.
Either way, baby and I will likely be having our surgeries within a few
weeks of each other. We will know much more about the cleft after we
meet with the cleft team; I'm planning to call this week to get that
We'd gotten to the first appointment early, and we were
finished within five minutes of when my appointment was scheduled to start.
That gave us enough time to walk over to the lab to have my oncology
blood work done before my next appointment. It went fast, and the
phlebotomist was able to find my vein on the first try--it usually takes
several attempts for them, even though they always tell me I have good
veins. I still got a lovely bruise from it though.
appointment was scheduled with the PA, as my oncologist is on vacation
this week. I liked her, and she answered my list of questions and
reassured me about all of the symptoms I've experienced since the
infusion. She thought my port was looking good and said the strange
sensations, stinging, and pain that I get every once in a while is
likely because of a nerve in the area. Hopefully it'll heal completely
soon. It seems to be improving daily. She didn't see any issue with me
having the RhoGAM two days before my next infusion, and she encouraged
me to take a stool softener, since that has been one of the biggest
issues I've had (pregnancy definitely doesn't help either). She said to
call if I develop any mouth sores in the future; they'll call me in a
prescription for Magic Mouthwash, which I've heard and read about from
others who've gone through chemo. She said if they don't write it to
have a steroid, insurance companies are far less grouchy about it.
got home and had a couple hours until my sisters and the kids arrived,
so we got dinner started (thanks to friends who brought us a huge
lasagna) and took it easy for a bit. They got in just before 7, and we
ate, played around, put the kids to bed, and then hung out in the
basement (it's nice to not have to worry about keeping quiet, since
we're far enough away from the bedrooms) and everyone but me enjoyed
adult beverages. We decided to go to the aquarium in the morning, and
Kevin and I decided it was worth it to get a membership for us--it will
pay for itself the next time we go, and we both really enjoy going. We
stayed up too late, especially Kevin, who still had to work the next