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Friday, April 16, 2010

29 Week Appointment

My appointment was interesting yesterday. I walked out a little nervous.

There is something that happened Wednesday night I haven't told you all about. I was standing in my kitchen making some blueberry muffins for Joseph to take with him to his unit the next morning. As I was standing there putting the batter into the muffin tins, I passed out.

It happened slow enough that I could kind of control how I went down, but I still ended up slamming my back into the counter and kind of sliding to the floor.

It was weird. My heart suddenly felt like it would beat out of my chest, my head started getting warm and tingly, and my vision started to black out and close in on me. All I could think of at the time was, "I can't fall on my belly". Thankfully I was able to get my back against the counter in enough time to keep from hurting Seth as I went down.

I have NEVER passed out up until this point.

And then the same thing happened the next day when I was in the shower, but I was able to sit down quickly and didn't completely pass out.

My doctor wasn't too happy when I brought it up at my appointment yesterday. He seems to think I have some sort of arrhythmia that is causing my heart to go tachycardic which is pulling blood and oxygen away from my head and causing me to pass out.

Of course, the first thing I asked my doctor was if this would effect Seth. I could tell he was hesitant about saying yes, as his answer was, "...for short infrequent spells, Seth would recover very quickly, but if I had a prolonged spell it would pull the blood and oxygen away form Seth just as it is pulling it away from my head and causing me to pass out."

I won't freak out. I won't freak out. I won't freak out!

I have a meeting with the cardiologist on Monday morning. Dr. Joy advised me that I'll have to wear a monitor for at least 24 hours to see what my heart is doing. I'm really nervous and hope everything turns out okay. I can handle there being a problem... but the idea of my body being potentially unsafe for Seth absolutely eats me alive.

I'll update more on this when I have more information.

The rest of my appointment was okay.

My thyroid test came back inconclusive. I had to get blood drawn again so they could rerun the test. He said if it came back the same way again he'd probably have to put me on a low dose of thyroid medication because the results indicated that I maybe starting to have a problem.

I passed my gestational diabetes test. That's a funny story! My nurse did the finger stick, I went back and saw my doctor, and them waited in the waiting room for my one hour to be up so I could have the results read. Well, my hour was up and the nurse realized she forgot to give me the drink! I had to drink the stuff and wait a whole extra hour. Sure it was an inconvenience, but waiting an extra hour was the last thing I was worried about. Plus, the nurse was new, but very sweet and apologetic. She was hard to get mad at...

I did find out I'm anemic and had to be put on iron pills.

I aslo had Dr. Joy check the level of my amniotic fluid and it was measuring at a 15. Between 8-18 is considered "normal", with anything above 12 being "high normal". I had him check because Joseph and I have noticed over the last couple of days that my stomach has gotten considerably larger and were concerned I might be developing too much like I did with Wyatt. Dr. Joy assured me 15 was a very healthy number and he'd much rather see a higher normal than a lower normal.

Also, starting at my next appointment on May 6th, I have to have a non stress test every week, and an ultrasound to track Seth's growth every 2-3 weeks until delivery day. It appears my doctors office is going to become a home away from home until Mr. Seth decides to grace us with his presence.

I don't think I left anything out. I had a lot to cover in this post! I'll keep you updated as I know more. For now though, Seth is healthy and thriving! That's all that matters to me.



Tracie said...

Hi! I found your blog through "Shoulders". I am so sorry for your loss of Wyatt. I lost my first son 3 days after he was born prematurely. I wanted to suggest that you research Mitra Valve Prolapse as the reason for your passing out. I did the same thing with 2 of my pregnancies and found out that I have MVP, which can be triggered by pregnancy. If you have MVP and it is bad enough, there are medications that will help you. Alot of times, it disappears after the baby is born!
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

The Blue Sparrow said...

Oh wow that's scary that you passed out. Thank goodness you were able to control how you went down! I will be praying that everything is okay and that it was a minor fluke or something. Keep us updated what the heart doc says!

Just Breathe said...

Thank God you didn't hurt yourself.
I will keep you in my prayers and can't wait to meet Seth in 77 days!

Kristin said...

I am praying for you...I am sure that was a scary situation! Just try and relax and not worry too much at this point and trust that the doctors are doing what they need to do to ensure you have a healthy remaining pregnancy! Sending much love and prayers your way!

Ann @ Momma's Soapbox said...

So glad to here that Seth seems to be doing well. I am keeping you all in my prayers. I can only imagine all the thoughts and feeling that pass through you. Thinking of you!

With Out My Punkin said...

Thinking of you! Have you been eating alot of protein? If I don't I feel the same way... Hope that its nothing serious!

Franchesca Cox said...

I can only imagine how scary that is, passing out! I hope they can find out what is going on, I am so sorry! I am glad to hear baby Seth is doing great though. I have felt like I wanted to pass out, and the doc said it's bc of the blood rush or lack thereof? I don't know, but something about standing or sitting for long periods of time. Anyway, praying for you and your baby boy. XOXO

Beth said...


I'm not sure I have posted before, but have been reading your blog for a while. I too had episodes of fainting when I was pregnant. I was severely anemic and that wound up being the cause of my fainting episodes. Praying all is well with you and Seth.

Charity said...

Praying... for you and for Celia. I just found out about her bleeding - that happened to my mom when she was only about 14-15 weeks and she almost lost the baby.
Hugs!! Have a great day...

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for you, Danielle.

Brittany Barden said...

I've been reading your blog for some time, but don't know if I've ever commented. I can't imagine how scary that must have been for you... I am praying and will continue praying that little Seth is born safe and well!

My Very Own Angel said...

WOW, that is so scary. I love your natural born mothering skills to think about the baby in your belly above anything. How amazing are you. Know that I am keeping you in my prayers and keep us updated.

croleyc69 said...

Praying for you always and so glad you didn't get hurt.

Sarita Boyette said...

So sorry that you have been having scary health problems. You are in my prayers and I hope whatever is causing you to faint is easily taken care of. Glad you didn't hurt yourself or Seth when you passsed out. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you. When I was pregnant with my first son, I had the same passing out problem. And it was simply because I was anemic. As soon as I started taking an iron supplement I started feeling better and stopped passing out.

Mary said...

Danielle, I used to as a child have a lot of fainting spells. I hate that moment right before the fainting spell comes. It's very scary. I can't imagine how scary it must have been. But the good thing is that you were able to focus.

I hope tomorrow's appointment goes well for you. I will be praying for you.

Holly said...

Catching up on your posts. I almost had a pass out episode last week. Luckily I got to some chairs in time but I was already starting to see some black spots. And I acutally did pass out when I was pregnant with Kyndra! I'm very glad you were able to guide yourself down.