Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A blogging break... with good reason

If you could see me now, you'd probably understand. I look like I'm about to burst. I am.
I'm 39 weeks pregnant.

On Sunday, we went for an ultrasound, where I immediately noticed that the stomach was large (relative to the rest of the baby). I asked the technician to check the amniotic fluid and she saw that there was indeed excess fluid. My doctor sent me for the extended glucose challenge (you fast for about 8 hours & then have a blood test, drink 100 grams of glucose and have a blood test each hour for three hours). I went first thing Monday morning. We anxiously awaited the results as our carpenter turned our storage-free house into a storage paradise... The results finally arrived Tuesday afternoon and the results were positive. I have gestational diabetes.

I called my doctor who said that he has to transfer my care to another doctor whose expertise is gestational diabetes. I was able to get an appointment for today. I didn't know what to expect, but I thought that he would recommend that I control my diet, take multiple blood tests, etc. I was ready for that. I was shocked when he said that he'd see me tomorrow morning in the hospital. Huh? Hospital? What? He explained that I'm too far into the pregnancy to start trying to control the diabetes with diet and that letting the pregnancy continue is riskier than inducing now. So tomorrow I'm going in to be induced.

I was induced with my first baby. I was put on the pitocin drip for an endless amount of hours and I had strong contractions that I was really proud of myself for being able to control with breathing. Unfortunately, after all those hours I still wasn't dilated. At all. I finally asked to be allowed to get up and walk around. I took a break for about an hour & when I came back, they broke my water and then things started to move. It still took another 11 hours and the pushing was endless... Not the best experience.

I'm counting on the fact that subsequent deliveries are not as difficult, especially after Abigail's birth. Anyway, I'm sure it will be a little while before I'll be blogging again.

In the meantime, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for all those who are currently trying to conceive.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Infertility and the Dead Sea

I spent this past weekend at the Dead Sea. As far as I could tell, no one actually lives there, there's just a long row of hotels (actually 2 groups of hotels), a few (extremely) tacky shopping centers and some spas...

The Dead Sea water has a unique chemical composition that is known to be therapeutically effective for various health conditions - skin conditions like psoriasis, rheumatic diseases (e.g., osteoarthritis), respiratory diseases like asthma and many others. People come to the Dead Sea from all over the world for the one-of-a-kind treatments.

As I sat with my feet in the water (that has a kind of greasy feel to it), I wondered if there are any treatments for infertility that are associated with the Dead Sea... As soon as I got home (after sifting through my email) I searched for reliable information about such treatments. Unfortunately, I didn't find any. I guess that for people who believe that stress is a factor in infertility, the Dead Sea is a place where it's easy to relax...

On Friday, we went to Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and walked around the botanical garden. It's incredible to see the amazing variety of plants that grow there. Some like I've never seen anywhere else. It's hard to imagine, but there's desert all around and Ein Gedi is an oasis of greens, oranges, reds and yellows...

Thanks for hanging in there, I'll be back on track with the next entry. I just felt I had to share part of my experience.