No More Non-Stress Tests: 08/09/06
Today's trip to the doctor's, though confused at times, did answer all our questions. The two most important items are: Harriet's birth is now officially scheduled at the hospital on September 5th at 8:00 AM, and this pregnancy is going along so well that I don't need to have any more non-stress tests until Harriet's birthday.
We went to the appointments today expecting a little confusion because Kaiser rarely handles back-to-back appointments efficiently. We arrived in time for the non-stress test but the reception was a trainee and got things confused. She didn't know how to use the ATM reader and insisted both our cards were invalid (a call to the bank confirmed that both cards are working fine). Then she sent me to the wrong station for the test so that we missed the non-stress test at first and went on instead to the regular doctor's appointment.
The regular appointment went well although after the stress of thinking our bank account wasn't working and worrying about the missed appointment, my blood pressure was high. At the appointment I had the step B test to see if I need antibiotics before Harriet is born. I doubt I have strep.
As this appointment was with a different doctor than my usual one, she wasn't able to answer immediately what day my c-section had been scheduled for. Fortunately all the records are easy to get to via a new computer system and she found that the hospital had me down for September 1st! I'd been told September 5th and we had made all our plans around the 5th. The doctor said she'd leave a message with my regular OB-GYN to see if things could be straightened out.
Then it was back to the original station to wait for the non-stress test. The woman who has been doing most of them found us quickly. Fortunately Harriet was still awake and in a playful mood. She happily squirmed around for the duration and even managed to trigger a half dozen Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Just before we were done with the test my OB-GYN appeared. She reassured Ian and me that the C-section has been rescheduled for the 5th like it should be. Mine will be the second C-section in the day and we'll have to be in the hospital at 8 AM.
The other interesting news is that I've been given a doctor's note for "modified work" meaning that for the remainder of the pregnancy I should work from home all five days of the week. Thank goodness because driving has been getting very difficult and uncomfortable.