WANTED: An OB/GYN doctor. Sees patients on time. Doesn’t pass judgment on nontraditional pregnancies. Orders the correct bloodwork. Small hands preferred.
I’m searching for a new doctor because I’m tired of mine screwing up bloodwork.
My doctor wanted to test my progesterone levels, which have to be tested on Day 21 (during ovulation) of my cycle.
So on December’s Day 21, I had blood drawn. A nurse called with test results.
Nurse: Your pregnancy test came back negative, and your blood type is O negative.
Me: Uh…I know that. I thought my progesterone was being tested.
Nurse: Hmmmm…the doctor ordered blood typing. Did you have a Rhogam shot after your miscarriage? When you’re pregnant or miscarry, the hospital tests your blood type and they give you a shot so you don’t have problems with your pregnancies.
While I was pregnant, I read about this shot. But since Kiefer and I were both negative blood types, I didn’t need it. I knew that.
But when someone with some medical background says you’re supposed to get a shot so you don’t miscarry…and you’ve already miscarried…you start flippin’ the eff out.
And if you’re me, “flippin’ out” means tearing up while thoughts run through your mind that the miscarriage could have been prevented.
A couple hours later, the doctor called me back saying the nurse was “confused”; I didn’t need the shot, but I should come back next month on Day 21 for the progesterone testing.
More needles. Fantastic.
Right before my next blood draw, I ate a piece of chocolate to calm me down…yes, just one because
I don’t really like chocolate anyways I have excellent self-control when it comes to sweets because only one piece was left.
So I was chocolate-pacified and ready to be stuck. Except the doctor forgot to write up the order. So I waited. And waited. And waited.
I waited in an office full of pregnant women and mothers with babies.
And I remembered why I was there…why I was having blood drawn…and I started to tear up. And then I remembered that needles freakin’ hurt, so I started to get upset at the anticipation of that.
Finally, they called my name…and it was the most painful blooddraw yet.
Lady, my veins aren’t deep! STOP DIGGING!
And I thought that was the limit that my heart could handle. I almost passed out. But I didn’t.
Unfortunately, the blood wasn’t drawn while I was ovulating, so I have to go again next month. And every month until my blood is drawn during that 2-day window when a woman ovulates.
I thought that was the limit that my heart could hold.
It could take months to have blood drawn on the right day. Why am I still doing this stupid testing? I’m single!
Really? A few pricks were upsetting me? What happened to the woman who was completely prepared to raise a child on her own if Kiefer didn’t propose? What the hell happened to 32 and the
turboslut turkey baster method?
I’m gonna kick that needle’s pointy little tushie! See you on Day 21, biatch.
Turns out my heart can hold a bit more.
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