Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's a ....


Level II ultrasound was today. The baby's heart looks good (that was the reason for the visit to the perinatologist - my sister has a mitral valve prolapse); the baby was a little uncooperative, though, and they were only able to fully see the right side of her heart. I have to go back in two weeks for another ultrasound, and they'll search again with hopes of cooperation so they can see the left side of the heart.

The placenta looks great ... it is neither low nor pulling away. It turns out the bleeding is from a moderately-sized subchorionic hematoma - a blood clot. The size and place of the clot introduces a risk of fetal death if it grows and pushes the placenta out of place, hence why I have to return in two weeks (to see if the clot is changing size). Until then, I am on 'mild rest,' meaning no marathons or bicycle races. I told the perinatologist he didn't have to worry about that. :) I can still work, but am encouraged to rest often and avoid any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting, as that could dislodge the clot or cause more bleeding.

I'm still at work. We have a task order response due tomorrow. Today was one of those swamped days. I told a coworker, if anyone else asked me to do one more thing, I would either cry or scream. Or both. Now the office is nice and quiet, and the end of this crazy task order is so close.


Auntie Shawna said...

Yay! Spoilage cometh!

Kelly said...

Congratulations Lexa!!!

It's Kelly (used to be Bantz). I can't believe I found you. I found your myspace page, which led me here. I'm so excited for you and Ryan - Katrina's a little beauty. Email me sometime - squirtle@maxwire.net.

Sidra said...

Marte, glad to hear your bleeding is nothing immediately serious; I'll pray that it is nothing potentially serious, either. Is there anything they can do to safely dissolve/shrink the clot? Or is is kind of on its own to do what it will?

On a less serious topic, I need to order your dress soon if you still think you'll be able to travel (is Ryan okay with it?). Do you know your measurements? I'm not sure what they'd want for a waist/hip measure as that will be ever-expanding...maybe just chest and your waist-to-floor length?

Let me know. I'll be prayin' for ya, Marte! Hope work de-stresses soon.