Just a fair warning that this post is going to be a bit TMI....just so you know.
Let me start by saying that I am okay and so is our little one. But we had a real scare yesterday. I had been out running errands and when I got home I went to the bathroom. (Surprise, surprise.) I instantly saw blood on my underwear...I started screaming "No, no!" Then I wiped and there was more blood. The tears just started flowing.
I called BJ right away...he was only about 5-10 minutes from the house. He was going to come home and we were going to head back on base to the ER. But in the 3 minutes that I was on the phone with him...I soaked through my clothes with blood. I ran upstairs so that I could change my underwear and pants. I felt like I had to pee again and when I went to the bathroom, there was more blood...and now huge clots. I just sat on the toilet shaking and crying. That is where BJ found me. He got me some clothes and a pad and into the car. We got to the ER just before 4:30 pm...for reference I discovered the bleeding at almost 4 pm.
I got triaged...had to give a urine sample and then had to wait in the waiting room. For about a hour. It was torture. BJ and I sat in virtual silence...I think we were too afraid to speak. Finally I was called back and taken into a room. The doctor came in (he happened to be the husbnad of someone I know) and I lost it again. (I had been having bouts of tears off and on the whole time.) I explained what was going on and he did an external ultrasound. He could see something was there but could not see a heartbeat clearly. He told me the only way to really be able to see things clearly was to do a vaginal ultrasound. He offered to get another doctor to do that since we know each other but I decided that it was fine. He is a great doctor and in the end it was actually kind of comforting to kind of know my doctor.
So we did the vaginal ultrasound and he was able to see the heart beating. We were so relieved. But he let us know that we were not out of the woods. We needed to follow up with Dr. P. I made the call to Nurse D last night and she told me to come in today at 10 am. It was the longest drive ever. And when we got there we had to wait an hour before being brought back. I was going crazy! Finally Ms. G came out to the waiting room to call some other patients back and saw us sitting there. She told us to come back as well...apparently the people at the front desk never told them I was there. Ugh.
I went into the ultrasound room and had to wait a little bit for Dr. P to come in. He asked me what had happened and then started the ultrasound. He saw the baby right away and saw the heartbeat too. It was nice and strong at 176. Thank God! We are not totally out of the woods...Dr. P wants me resting and taking it easy...but I have another ultrasound next week. He thinks that I have a subchorionic hematoma. Lots of pregnancies go on to be successful...so we are saying lots of prayers for this little to stick around for the next 7-8 months.