Silent Cheering

So last night at work I was thinking about all the blogs I’ve read and how I got started on this blogging business… if you recall I got addicted to reading blogs by somehow stumbling on a couple infertility blogs. I was thinking about all those women tonight because we had a patient come in who was just terrified. She was in for abdominal cramps and bleeding and was pregnant… but this was her 5th pregnancy with 4 miscarriages behind her. I heard from the doctor that the woman was flying across the country to see a fertility specialist… I’m not exaggerating when I tell you I was on pins and needles the entire time she was in ultrasound. We get miscarriages frequently in our emergency room… I’ve already seen 5. Everything from someone having their 3rd, to a 14 year old who didn’t even know she was pregnant (with twins). Everything on her ultrasound looked perfect and she was so relieved when she came back….. I hope she could feel that we were all rooting for her.

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One thought on “Silent Cheering

  1. We get a lot of threatened miscarriages too — the worst part for me is when we tell the patient (after their labs, pelvic, and ultrasound) that the miscarriage will probably happen and there is just nothing we can do about it. Telling someone to save any fetal tissue for pathology and “good luck” just doesn’t seem like a very compassionate thing to say to someone who is grieving.
    There just really isn’t anything we can do, prior to 24 weeks gestation though. It is just nature’s way.
    And that’s a hard pill to swallow. 😦

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